The Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors will be reaching out with its diversity and inclusion efforts in the coming year.
YLD President Zack Zuroweste told the Bar Board of Governors, at its recent Miami meeting, that the YLD changed the name of its Diversity Committee to the Inclusion and Equality Committee.
“We did that with a purpose,” Zuroweste said. “Our mission is to change how our Bar, lawyers, and citizens talk about the practice and talk about inclusion.
“Instead of focusing on events where we talk to people who want diversity and want inclusion, we’re going to turn our megaphones outward, and we are going to highlight the most successful parts of our Bar that are diverse. We are going to highlight the success of diverse lawyers and judges throughout the state. . . . We want to focus on diversity of age, geographic areas of practice, gender, race, big firm, small firm, and lawyers with families.
“We are also developing materials to promote the financial benefits of law firms who put diversity and inclusion as a priority for their firm, because we believe that the data suggests that the more inclusive the law firm is, it actually helps their bottom line.”
The division also will continue working on its legal accelerator program, which Zuroweste said will be a dedicated section of its website where new lawyers can visit and get answers to common questions they encounter in their first two years or so of practice.
Part of that effort will include short video clips answering common questions. He said the division has already assembled hundreds of those clips and expects that number eventually will reach into the thousands.
Health & Wellness
Also, mirroring the Bar at large, the division is working on a health and wellness program, including an effort to reach law students.
“We have learned over the last year or two that health and wellness has become a very important issue not only for young lawyers but all lawyers,” Zuroweste said. “We are starting in law schools with health and wellness to teach lawyers how to practice law and develop a good lifestyle.”
Another priority will be pushing technology education for Bar members.
“We are hosting technology roadshows this year,” he said. “We’re coming to you.”
He said the YLD will work with the Bar’s technology consultants and CLE vendors to assemble prepackaged CLE programs and then bring those to local bars. The local bars will be able to keep all the revenues generated from the programs in exchange for giving the YLD representatives three minutes at the start of each CLE to talk about what the division is and does.