YLD AOC recognizes ‘outstanding’ local affiliate projects
YOUNG LAWYER AND LAW STUDENT LEADERS from around the state gathered in January at the Young Lawyers Division’s Affiliate Outreach Conference in St. Augustine. The annual conference provides attorneys and law students with networking and relationship-building opportunities, while also offering funding for qualified affiliates and their community service projects and pro bono programs. “Over 250 affiliate leaders and law students attended, and we awarded approximately $50,000 in grants for dozens of inspiring programs put on by our affiliates throughout the state,” said YLD President Christian George. “The YLD successfully launched the #stigmafreeyld campaign and debuted our affiliate portal, which will be live in February.” The Orange County Bar YLS was recognized for its year-long programing. From the left are Alexandra Palermo, Florida Bar YLD board member; C. Andrew Roy, president-elect, Orange County Bar YLS; Jill Davis, president, Orange County Bar YLS; George; and Lindsay Tygart, Florida Bar YLD board member.
Holding a bimonthly beach and forest clean-up in Clearwater.
Distributing books to children in need in Tampa.
Painting and decorating a homeless shelter in Orlando.
These are a few community-centered projects that young lawyers who are very much involved in local bar associations plan to execute with financial assistance from The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division.
Service-minded attorneys from all over the state traveled to the YLD’s Affiliate Outreach Conference in St. Augustine recently, taking turns at a podium to discuss goodwill projects that, in the coming weeks, will receive grants from the YLD.
“This year’s conference was a tremendous success,” said YLD President Christian George. “Over 250 affiliate leaders and law students attended, and we awarded approximately $50,000 in grants for dozens of inspiring programs put on by our affiliates throughout the state. The YLD successfully launched the #stigmafreeyld campaign and debuted our affiliate portal, which will be live in February. In addition, we had a ton of fun. This weekend exceeded my expectations.”
For exemplary service in the 2018 calendar year, a few groups in particular were recognized at the conference.
• Orange County Bar YLS was awarded Large Affiliate of the Year for its year-long programing that supports its nearly 750 members and the greater Orlando community with an emphasis on service to at-risk youth. The YLS golf tournament raised $26,000 for charitable endeavors, including throwing a Halloween party and mock trial at the Salvation Army for disadvantaged youth in the county where 100 costumes were donated to children. The YLS also purchased children’s books worth over $3,000 for disadvantaged students at Washington Shores Elementary School, and raised $1,000 for legal aid through sponsoring the Legal Aid Society Breakfast of Champions, among other community projects.
• Miami-Dade FAWL won the award for Small Affiliate of the Year for projects that benefited its nearly 400 members and the community at large. The group launched a Book Club with Incarcerated Women, which brings together judges, members, and inmates to discuss books. The Pro Bono Committee also held an annual Foster Youth Picnic for 200 attendees at a park featuring bounce houses, a petting zoo, face painters, and more. The group hosted several CLE, exercise, and luncheon events throughout the year.
• Manatee County Bar YLD won Member Service Project of the Year for transforming an unused room in the Manatee County Judicial Center into a lactation room. Three young lawyers purchased supplies and created an inviting atmosphere in the room welcoming to mothers. Judges, lawyers, and local non-profit personnel attended the grand opening.
• Dade County Bar YLS won the Public Service Project Award for working with the Lotus House Women’s Shelter in Miami, which houses around 500 women and children per night. In May, the YLS hosted a Mother’s Day celebration at the shelter, featuring pizza, games, crafting, and music. The YLS also held a Halloween Party at the shelter to keep the children safe during trick-or-treating hours. The party involved a local celebrity chef, who cooked for over 500 people. The YLS collected 75 costumes for the children and provided food, games, and entertainment.
• Sarasota County Bar YLD was awarded Best Written Application; Orange County Bar YLS was awarded Best Overall Presentation; and the Marion County Bar Young Lawyers were awarded the President’s Award for their driver’s license reinstatement project.
• The Palm Beach County Bar Association YLD was the Community Service AOC Winner for raising the most money for this year’s featured AOC nonprofit, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida.