A Letter From The President Of The New York County Lawyers’ Association

2011-10-11 09:59

NYCLA’s Young Lawyers’ Section Fosters a Spirit of Support and Congeniality

How can newly admitted lawyers connect with colleagues in a congenial, supportive environment? I’m pleased that the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s (NYCLA) Young Lawyers’ Section offers a myriad of opportunities for those new to the profession. “The Young Lawyers’ Section guides and assists lawyers embarking on their careers,” acknowledges former co-chair Jeffrey M. Kimmel, a NYCLA board member and partner at Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro LLP who, as an experienced trial attorney, manages his firm’s medical malpractice department. “The Section,” Jeff explains, “caters to their needs and concerns by developing and sponsoring programs focusing on job and networking opportunities, and hosting informal meetings with judges and experienced lawyers.”

Among the programs offered are:

Social and Networking Events

NYCLA members have enjoyed such Young Lawyers’ Section (YLS) social and networking events as the evening of bowling at Lucky Strike Lanes, the scotch-tasting reception and happy hours at popular restaurants and bars in Manhattan. My fellow NYCLA officers, board members, committee chairs and other volunteer leaders have joined me in welcoming NYCLA members to these events and, for my part, I’ve learned a lot about the professional needs of these new attorneys and how NYCLA can support them in their practice. Coming up on October 27 is the ever popular Oktoberfest, co-sponsored by NYCLA’s Membership Committee, which is a meet-and-greet and beer-tasting reception. And on November 21, the Section is hosting a pre-holiday networking reception at Fiddlesticks, a West Village pub.

"In Chambers" and “In Practice” Series

According to the current YSL co-chair, Daniel K. Wiig, an associate at Mintz & Gold LLP who practices commercial litigation, “The ‘In Chambers’ series provides our members with the unique opportunity to meet with sitting jurists in a relaxed setting as they share their perspectives on the practice of law.” Hosts of upcoming “In Chambers” programs include: Hon. Robert S. Smith, Associate Judge, New York Court of Appeals (in November); Hon. Debra Ann Livingston, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (February 2012); and Hon. Sherry Klein-Heitler, Administrative Judge for Civil Matters, First Judicial District (April 2012). Similarly, the “In Practice” series provides YLS members with the opportunity to meet with a practice leader, who shares some perspectives on a specific area of the law. Speakers at upcoming “In Practice” programs include: renowned first amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams (January 2012) and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. (March 2012). These informative programs are usually conducted as a brown-bag lunch or after work discussion.

Career Advancement

The Section’s successful career advancement programs have included, most recently: "Obtaining Choice Jobs Outside the Big Firms," featuring young lawyers from various fields speaking about their experiences in specialized legal fields, such as entertainment, public interest, criminal and insurance defense law, and “Fashion Matters: The Essentials of a Business Wardrobe,” with representatives from Brooks Brothers, as well as human resource attorneys from large firms, advising attendees on the latest fashions, what to wear on ‘casual day’ and offering other style tips. “In addition, our professional development series,” explains YLS Co-Chair Brett S. Ward, a partner at Blank Rome LLP who practices matrimonial and family law, “offers a wide range of speakers, from a rainmaking expert and employment recruiter to the editor in chief of the New York Law Journal.” The Section’s Practice of Law series, led by experienced lawyers, is designed to help solo and small-firm practitioners manage their practice.

Public Forums

Public forums provide members and nonmembers with the opportunity to learn or enhance their understanding of specific career paths in the law from a panel of experts. Upcoming forums, which are conceived and implemented by YLS members and are generally followed by networking receptions, include: "Multilingual Lawyering: Challenges and Opportunities" (October 12), "So You Want to Be a Trial Lawyer?” (January 2012) and "The Lawyer Who Isn't a Lawyer: Nontraditional Jobs for Attorneys" (March 2012).

I encourage NYCLA members to participate in these programs.  If you’re not a NYCLA member, join the Association to participate in these exciting programs and become part of a community that you can count on.


                                                                                                Stewart D. Aaron