Younger Lawyers Division

Younger Lawyers Division

Message from the Chair

Section Chair: 

Jessica Toplin
Washington, DC

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Dear Younger Lawyers,

I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself.   My name is Jessica Toplin.  I am the Chair of the FBA’s Younger Lawyers Division (YLD).  I am extremely excited about the upcoming year. 

The YLD is the largest division of the FBA and is comprised of over 4600 members across the United States. Additionally, our membership consists of varying practice specialties and job placements. As a result, we strive to provide you increased value for your membership by facilitating services and programing over a diversified set of practice areas and legal interests.  We work with the various chapters and sections to plan programs designed for younger lawyers.  In addition, we currently have several national programs that may be of interest to you. 

Foremost, this year, YLD is planning the first annual Symposium for Rising Professionals, which will be held on February 2-3, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.  This event will include several hours of CLE and provide younger lawyers from across the country with a chance to network and discuss topics relevant to their first few years of legal practice. 

Next, we will be holding the 23rd Annual Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition in conjunction with the FBA’s Mid-Year Meeting in Washington, DC on March 22-23, 2018.  We are always soliciting volunteers to assist in planning this program and judging the various rounds of the competition.

In May 2018, we sponsor a Supreme Court Admission Ceremony, which includes a catered breakfast at the Supreme Court.  Information about applying for admission will be available this spring.

During the summer, we sponsor the Summer Law Clerk Program, which is designed to introduce law students interning in Washington, DC to the various career opportunities available in the Federal Government.  The program starts with a Kickoff Event at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, which features remarks from a Federal Judge and an experienced government attorney.  The students are also invited to a serious of agency visits and roundtable discussions throughout the summer. 

Finally, during the Annual Convention in New York, we will sponsor our annual awards luncheon. The program will include the presentation of the Younger Federal Lawyers Awards and the Robyn Spalter Award.

In addition to planning programs, we publish an online newsletter, YLD Perspectives, which will be delivered to your email several times this year.  YLD Perspectives will include a recap of our recent events.   We are always seeking articles about any topic of interest to younger lawyers.

If you would like more information about our division or any of our programs, or wish to become more involved, please feel free to contact me. 

All the best,
Jessica Toplin, Younger Lawyers Division Chair, 2017-2018


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