Young Lawyers Division President’s Message – Midyear Report
Bebe Vanek, J.
Dear Young Lawyer:
“We are YLD.
Serve, Connect with Each Other.
Advocate for Those in Need.”
I love a haiku – ask any current board member and you will hear about my over-haiku-use throughout the year. This haiku above really represents what this year has been about to me. YLD has been busy this quarter and has made significant progress towards increasing member participation and member-driven events. A goal of mine has been to focus on servant-driven leadership and work to inspire creativity in service.
To this end, we created a high school debate scholarship aimed to promote diversity in the legal profession and reinvigorated the YLD Volunteer and Outreach committee to require that the YLD provide at least four community-driven service events during this term. We saw an increase in the participation of public service and government attorneys in the YLD leadership and focused efforts to engage members statewide and reach law students and recent graduates to commit to participate in the YLD.
As the first government attorney to be YLD president in almost a decade, my goal has been to encourage attorneys in nontraditional practice areas into the leadership pipeline. I appointed ten non-private attorneys to the YLD board and have encouraged others in public service to consider service in the coming years. We created the “It’s No Debate! EMBRACING Diversity in Law” high school debate scholarship inspired by the ABA’s commitment to diversity in the profession. We effected a change in the YLD by reinvigorating our commitment to public service through events such as a coat drive, career fair, and food bank event, as well as committing to YLD-anchored pro bono clinics.
I began my service to the profession as a law student, and upon graduation, I became involved with the YLD and was elected president for the 2018–2019 term. Before my term started, I reflected on my eight years of service and identified a few areas for growth...