June/July 2014: Make the Most of Your Youth and Get Involved in YLD Service Projects
It has been 10 years since I took that solemn oath that we as lawyers take. But taking that oath does more than just permit us to practice law; it allows us to serve those who are underserved or overlooked by the fast-paced world in which we live. Our service comes not just from taking pro bono cases, but from our participation in various legal service projects throughout the year.
While the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) is purposed with assisting young lawyers and aiding in their advancement, the YLD is tasked as the service arm of the LSBA. In that regard, the YLD engages in numerous service projects throughout the year — from Wills for Heroes to the High School Mock Trial Competition — all to further serve our profession and the LSBA.
But many young lawyers ask, “How can I get involved if I am not an elected officer?” The first step is to know the name of your YLD district representative. To find your district representative, review the YLD Council’s profiles, photos and contact information on the YLD web page at www.lsba.org/YLD
. Second, feel free to contact your district representative and volunteer your willingness to get involved. I promise that if you want to get involved, we will find a service project for you.
What’s special about being a young lawyer is that we are full of new and fresh ideas that often fade as time passes and our lives become busier. For you newer young lawyers, if you have an idea for a project, pass it along. Do not let any perceived inexperience get in the way of a good idea. We in the YLD leadership are always looking for new ideas for service projects. If you have some thoughts on service projects, please let us know.
For these service projects to be successful, your participation is necessary. It takes more than just the YLD Council to make a service project a success; it takes young lawyer volunteers from all parts of our state. So, make the most of your youth and volunteer for a YLD service project.
In closing, on behalf of the 2014-15 YLD Council, I would like to thank our Immediate Past Chair Kyle A. Ferachi and the entire 2013-14 YLD Council for an outstanding year of service projects. It’s certainly an honor to carry the torch forward, and I will be looking for many new volunteers and service project ideas for another successful year.
If I can be of any help to you this year, please contact me. I look forward to working with the YLD Council, the LSBA Board of Governors, the entire LSBA and all of the young lawyers on a fulfilling Bar year.