Committees, Programs & Sections

YLD Committees

YLD Advocates for Students with Disabilities
This committee provides technical support and networking opportunities to the community of attorneys whose practice or passion includes students with disabilities and their families. The committee works to promote this practice area by providing continuing education opportunities and support on issues such as estate planning, civil rights, health care issues, powers of attorney, juvenile justice and guardianships.
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YLD Appellate Admissions
This committee arranges the annual ceremony for admission of new Bar admittees to the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Court of Appeals of Georgia and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
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YLD Business Law
This committee addresses issues specific to young lawyers whose practice involves either commercial litigation or commercial transactions. The committee monitors and addresses legal developments in the areas of business, commerce and finance on both federal and state levels.
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YLD Community Service Projects
This committee provides opportunities for young lawyers to participate in local, state or national service projects focused on various social issues, such as working with organizations that address the needs of underprivileged children, hunger, domestic violence and the environment.
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YLD Criminal Law
This committee strives for the improvement of the criminal justice system, and where appropriate, seeks to implement changes. The committee annually sponsors CLE seminars and the Commitment to Justice Award and is comprised of both prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys.
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YLD Disaster Legal Assistance
This committee provides free legal assistance to persons affected by presidentially declared major disasters. Disaster Legal Assistance (DLA) is a federal disaster assistance program operated by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and executed throughout the country by each state's YLD pursuant to a memorandum of understanding with FEMA. DLA connects those in need to free legal services on legal matters that arise directly from major disasters.
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YLD Estate & Elder Law
This committee is involved in the delivery of legal services to the elderly, monitoring legislation and other legal developments affecting the elderly community, and providing general information to older Georgians. This committee also oversees the Wills Clinic, which is a pro bono service project where attorney volunteers assist first responders in the preparation and execution of basic estate planning documents. The documents offered by the Wills Clinic include a Last Will and Testament, a Financial Power of Attorney and an Advance Health Care Directive.
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YLD Ethics & Professionalism
This committee develops educational programs to assist lawyers in achieving the ethical and professional standards set forth for the legal profession. This committee works with the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism to raise awareness in new developments concerning ethics and professionalism in the legal field. The committee recognizes one young lawyer who has demonstrated outstanding professionalism with its annual Ethics & Professionalism Award.
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YLD Family Law
This committee provides educational and networking opportunities to young lawyers whose practice includes family law. The committee sponsors a networking event as part of the annual Family Law Institute, as well as an annual signature fundraising event to raise money and awareness for causes involving family-related issues in Georgia.
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YLD High School Mock Trial
This committee provides educational litigation experience to hundreds of high school students by sponsoring an annual statewide mock trial competition, sending a team to the national competition and holding a fall law camp. Young lawyers, judges and teachers throughout Georgia get involved in all levels of the competition as coaches, judges and committee members.
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YLD Inclusion in the Profession
This committee facilitates, analyzes and presents initiatives and programs which promote and increase participation, retention and representation of Georgia's diverse young lawyers, to more accurately reflect the makeup of our state. This committee includes young lawyers who have been historically underrepresented and is open to all YLD members interested in supporting these goals and interests.
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YLD Intellectual Property Law
This committee promotes communication and relationships among young lawyers practicing in the various areas of intellectual property such as trademark, copyright and patent law. The committee focuses its efforts on networking events and CLE programs, often in conjunction with other Bar sections and groups within the legal community.
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YLD Intrastate Moot Court
This committee sponsors the annual Intrastate Moot Court Competition among students from Georgia law schools. It organizes and conducts all aspects of the competition.
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YLD Judicial Law Clerk
This committee serves the professional needs of, and addresses issues specific to, young lawyers serving as staff attorneys or judicial law clerks in either state or federal courts throughout Georgia. In this regard, the committee monitors and addresses legal developments and issues facing the courts. Moreover, the committee provides a forum for young, practicing lawyers to gain insight from other young lawyers serving in the courts. The committee also sponsors CLE programs, covering topics of interest to staff attorneys and judicial law clerks, and offers networking events throughout the year.
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YLD Juvenile Law
This committee engages young lawyers interested in child welfare and juvenile justice and empowers these individuals to improve the practices and policies affecting children. The committee promotes advancement of the profession through monthly meetings, annual CLE events and special recognitions, such as the Excellence in Child Welfare Award. It also encourages Georgia lawyers to become Certified Child Welfare Law Specialists. The committee organizes and co-sponsors the Celebration of Excellence, a statewide ceremony for graduating foster youth. The committee assisted in drafting the comprehensive revisions to Georgia's Juvenile Code and continues to provide technical support after the adoption of this legislation.
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YLD Labor & Employment Law
This committee conducts educational programming and social events to enhance the skill of, and foster collegiality among, young lawyers engaged in the practice of labor and employment law.
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YLD Leadership Academy Alumni
This committee provides continuing leadership development, community service, pro bono opportunities and networking opportunities for Leadership Academy (LA) alumni. The committee annually hosts the LA Holiday Luncheon and other events and programs to encourage members to sustain the relationships formed with their LA class, as well as forge new relationships with other LA alumni while serving the community. Members must be LA graduates.
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YLD Legal Food Frenzy
This committee coordinates with the Office of the Attorney General to host the statewide "Legal Food Frenzy," a food drive and fundraiser competition among Georgia's law firms, law schools and other legal organizations. The committee partners with community legal leaders across the state to spread awareness about Georgia's hunger problems, and to make a significant impact by gathering both canned food donations and monetary donations to help those affected by hunger in the state. This competition is held in the spring, and since its inception, has raised more than 3.5 million pounds of food.
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YLD Legislative Affairs
This committee promotes education and involvement in the state legislative process. Working with the State Bar's director of Governmental Affairs, the committee promotes Bar and/or YLD-initiated legislation and assists other YLD committees in legislative-related matters, including co-hosting the annual legislative luncheon with the Leadership Academy.
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YLD Litigation
In keeping with the motto of the YLD, the Litigation Committee is committed both professionally and civically to advancing the practices of young litigators throughout our entire state. The committee prides itself on fostering long-term relationships with fellow litigators on both the plaintiffs' and defense side of the Bar through social activities. Also, the committee recognizes the dedication and service of judicial support staff by hosting the annual Clerks' Luncheon during the holiday season, as well as a reception honoring the members of the judiciary and distinguished young litigators to conclude the Bar year. A strong emphasis on learning from the shared experiences of the stalwarts of our legal community is forged through the committee's annual "War Stories" Lecture Series, which is held in three parts in the spring.
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YLD National Moot Court
This committee conducts the Region V competition of the National Moot Court Competition.
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YLD Public Interest Internship Program
This committee oversees the Public Interest Internship Program, which funds grants for public interest internships for law school students and young lawyers.
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YLD Real Estate
This committee promotes communication among young lawyers practicing in the various areas of real estate law as well as networking with other practice groups to enhance the availability of business opportunities. The committee provides CLE programs as well as social activities that promote networking and Bar participation.
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YLD Signature Fundraiser
This committee organizes and orchestrates an annual fundraising event to raise money to support a designated charitable organization. Since its inception 10 years ago, the YLD Signature Fundraiser has donated more than $400,000 to several worthy causes.
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YLD Solo/Small Firm
This committee seeks to provide opportunities for, and support to, solo practitioners and young lawyers who work in small firms. Recognizing that the economy and many other factors contribute to young lawyers hanging their own shingles, this committee focuses on providing discounted CLEs, organizing networking events and creating projects aimed at sharpening the skills and increasing the success of active member participants.
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YLD William Daniel Mock Trial
This committee hosts an annual criminal mock jury trial competition among law students. The talented competitors are law students hailing from law schools across the country. All Georgia law schools are also invited to participate. Every summer, the William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Committee sends hundreds of applications to ABA accredited law schools. Only 18 schools are invited to compete in this well-known competition named in honor of the late Judge William W. Daniel of the Superior Court of Fulton County.
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YLD Women in the Profession
This committee’s mission is to ensure the success of women attorneys by providing a forum for the exchange of dialogue and ideas on concerns of women; sponsoring programs directed to business and professional development; organizing networking activities; and supporting organizations and causes which advance the status and progress of women in society.
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