Younger Lawyers Division

Younger Lawyers Division

Message from the Chair

Section Chair: 

Joey Bowers

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Welcome to the Younger Lawyers Division’s website.

I am honored to serve as Chair of such a dynamic and talented group. Building upon the successful work of our past Chairs and Boards, we hope to continue to provide our members with programs and opportunities of interest and value. I encourage each of you become more involved in the YLD, both on the local and national levels. A great way to increase your involvement is by working with one of our committees. This year promises to be busy and exciting, with many opportunities for you to become more involved.

At the end of this month, the Federal Bar Association’s Rising Professionals Symposium will be held in Las Vegas. This riveting conference provides attendees with an array of short, to-the-point CLEs on a number of topics important to younger lawyers, ranging from litigation skills to current hot topics in the legal industry, such as genomic evidence and data breaches. Moreover, during the evening receptions, you can build your national network by interacting with peers, FBA leaders, and conference presenters.

On March 20-21, our Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition will showcase 40 law school teams from across the country in Washington, D.C. In addition to getting the opportunity to judge oral arguments, the Competition’s final round reception allows attendees to meet many of the FBA’s leaders, comprising of judges and attorneys from across the country. This year, our Competition also coincides with the FBA’s Midyear Meeting, Capitol Hill Day, and Leadership Summit, making this is a perfect opportunity for you to get more involved with the YLD and FBA.

Throughout the year, the YLD will host a number of other events we hope you consider getting involved with. On May 20, the YLD will host its United States Supreme Court Admissions Ceremony, and beginning in June, the Summer Law Clerk Program will commence with a kickoff event at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. In September, at the FBA’s Annual Meeting and Convention, our Board will present awards to several outstanding government attorneys who have demonstrated professional success. You should able to find more information about all of these events on our website.

In addition to these events, we are working diligently to produce a high-quality newsletter for our members. We are always seeking articles on developing trends or newsworthy topics, so if you have an idea for an intriguing article, please be sure to let us know so we can work with you to get it in print. With over 4,000 members in the YLD, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to market yourself and your practice, as well as to provide helpful information to others.

Also this year, the YLD will be looking to expand its social media footprint. As you likely know, the YLD has Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts. We are hoping to increase our number of followers, so please follow us, like us, repost our posts, and share them with your local Chapters and professional colleagues. If you know of an event being held by your local Chapter, please let us know so we can share the success of your event with all of the YLD.

Whether your goal is to make friends, continue to grow as a younger lawyer, or build your professional network, we hope that the YLD helps you achieve it. There is something for everyone, but if you have any thoughts about other events or opportunities that YLD members may enjoy, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. We are always looking for ways to make the YLD more beneficial to its members.

I look forward to a productive year and hope to see many of you at one of our upcoming events.

John J. Bowers
YLD Chair
Federal Bar Association


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