Young Lawyers Division, 1018 ALBJ, Vol. 31, No. 5. 68

AuthorBebe Vanek
PositionVol. 31 5 Pg. 68

Young Lawyers Division

Vol. 31, No. 5 Pg. 68

Utah Bar Journal

October, 2018

September 2018

Welcome, Young Lawyers!

Bebe Vanek

I want to tell you about the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Utah State Bar and what we have coming your way this term.

Did you know that you are automatically a member of YLD? If you’re thirty-five years old or younger, or have been practicing for five years or less, whichever is longer, you are a member of YLD. Being a member of YLD means you are invited to attend all of YLD’s events throughout the year – and I hope you will take advantage of all that we have to offer.

From August to June, YLD provides events to meet the goals of any newly admitted lawyer. We provide a free monthly CLE addressing a diverse range of practice areas and other relevant topics. We also offer a monthly Fit2Practice event to encourage a work-life balance for young lawyers through fitness activities and presentations on mental health and wellness. We anchor a variety of pro bono committees and, with the help of the Utah State Bar, provide opportunities for young lawyers to provide legal services to veterans, homeless youth, family law clients, first responders, and senior citizens, to name a few. We also organize non-legal community service activities such as volunteering and clothing or food drives. Finally, we provide multiple social and networking events throughout the year to connect young lawyers with each other, with other young professionals, and with experienced attorneys in their practice areas. There is something for every young lawyer! If you’d like to read more about these events and programs, please check out our website at and download a copy of the 2017–2018 Annual Report.

This year, I hope to build on the incredible foundation from last year and the efforts of our past-president, Dani Cepernich, and continue all of the events we are known for providing. I also have identified two special projects that YLD will be taking on beginning this year. First, I plan to work with the Utah State Courts to designate nursing rooms for attorneys who practice in courthouses throughout the State of Utah and are nursing a child. These spaces would provide a safe and private place for nursing lawyers and enable young and experienced lawyers to return to work when they wish. Second, I hope to work with the Pro Bono Commission to encourage firms...

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