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Young Lawyers Section

About the Young Lawyers Section

The Young Lawyers Section works to promote young lawyers, develop strong leaders, enhance the image of the legal profession, and provide support within the Cleveland community. The Section provides our members with the opportunity to develop the technical skills necessary to cultivate a career, as well as the ability to participate in networking and charitable activities. Our Section is comprised of 'new' lawyers practicing in every area of the law. This diverse membership allows us to host annual CLEs, providing our members with the tools necessary to develop a strong practice. In addition, we host several social events with other young professional organizations to provide our members with networking opportunities. 

Who is a CMBA young lawyer?

A young lawyer is defined as an attorney who is no older than 36 as of May 31st of that year of membership or has been a member in good standing of the Bar in any state for no more than five years, whichever is later.  

Law students may join YLS for FREE when they join the CMBA.

 

CLE Programs

Pitfalls and Pointers 

Whether you’ve tried 50 cases or you are preparing for your first trial, this seminar gives you valuable insight from the people in the best position to critique courtroom advocacy – judges. The program features some of the most highly regarded judges in the area who share their courtroom experience with you. Learn how to be an effective advocate and how to avoid costly mistakes that other lawyers have made. From opening statements to appellate oral arguments, this half-day seminar will arm you with valuable skills.

Leadership Training

YLS assists the CMBA with planning for the New Lawyer Bootcamp

Topic and Speaker Suggestions

CLE topic and speaker volunteers are always welcome! Send us your ideas to CLE and Sections Coordinator, Dominica Essi, at dessi@clemetrobar.org

 

Meetings 

The YLS Executive Council meets monthly, on the first Thursday.  Throughout the year, the Section sponsors roundtable sessions and one-hour programs (some for CLE credit).  Currently, all meetings/CLEs are held remotely online via Zoom unless otherwise noted.

 

Section Activities

Bar Journal

Section members provide articles for the January issue of the CMBA Bar Journal.

Sporting Events

The Young Lawyers’ Section sponsors a basketball league each winter. Games will be played at Cleveland State. The Young Lawyers’ Section also sponsors a summer softball league. For more information or to register a team, please contact the CMBA. 

 

Pro Bono & Community Programs 

Our members participate in the Wills for Heroes program to provide free estate planning to first responders. The Wills for Heroes programs provide free wills and other estate planning documents to first responders and their spouse or domestic partner. Qualified first responders include firefighters, police officers, paramedics, corrections and probation officers from federal, state, county, city and town departments and agencies.

Notice of upcoming Wills for Heroes programs will be posted here and on Facebook.

Other pro bono and community service activities include:

  • Participating in the CMBF's Halloween Run for Justice
  • Preparing and serving breakfast at Ronald McDonald House
  • Staffing a Brief Advice Clinic with The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Contact any of our Section officers with ideas for new pro bono and community service projects!

 

 

Young Lawyer Section Leadership

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Young Lawyers Communications

Young Lawyers News

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