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Newsletter of the ABA Business Law Section
  Young Lawyer Committee
August 2013

Message from the Chair

Featured Articles
  Putting the Shoe on the Other Foot
  So What Is It We (Should) Do Anyway?
  Grow Your Law Practice Through the Use of Mediation
  The Ethical Ramifications of Developing Online Leads

Subcommittee Feature

Editorial Board:

Ian C. Larson
    World Triathlon Corporation

Amy R. Rigdon
    Holland & Knight LLP

Andrew M. Por
    Associate Editor
    Cohen & Gresser LLP

Natalie Panossian-Bassler
    Associate Editor
    Ricoh Printing Systems America, Inc.

  Message from the Chair
Mac R. McCoy, Committee Chair Mac R. McCoy
Carlton Fields
Tampa, FL

The upcoming ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco will mark the first year of my term as Chair of the Young Lawyer Committee ("YLC"). I cannot help but express (again) how proud I am of the tremendous work the YLC leadership and Section staff have done to advance our mission of serving the interests of young lawyers within the Business Law Section. I look forward to all that we can and will accomplish in the next two years as our efforts gain even greater momentum.

Whether or not you plan to attend the ABA Annual Meeting, I strongly encourage you to consider supporting the YLC's public service project benefitting the San Francisco Food Bank. Details of the public service project, including volunteer and donation information, are contained in this newsletter and can be found here.

If you plan to attend the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco in person, please make every effort to attend the following YLC-sponsored or co-sponsored meetings and events:

Friday, August 9, 2013

Program: How Law Firms Can Better Serve Their Corporate Clients - and Get and Keep Their Business
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Pacific)
Location: Fairmont Hotel, Gold Room, Lobby Level
Sponsor: Corporate Counsel Committee (co-sponsored by the Young Lawyer Committee)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Program: Things My Ethics Professor Didn't Tell Me: Top Ethical Pitfalls for the Social Media Age
Time: 8:00 - 10:00AM (Pacific)
Location: Fairmont Hotel, Terrace Room, Terrace Level

Open Meeting: Young Lawyer Committee Meeting (All young lawyers are welcome!)
Time: 11:30AM - 12:30PM (Pacific)
Location: Fairmont Hotel, Vanderbilt Room, Terrace Level

Note: Any changes to meeting times and locations will be posted near the on-site registration desk.

If you cannot attend the Young Lawyer Committee Meeting in person, please join by teleconference. The toll-free dial-in number (U.S. and Canada) is (866) 646-6488. The international dial-in number is (707) 287-9583. The conference code is 3199473460.

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  Featured Articles
Putting the Shoe on the Other Foot
By Neil Hazan

One characteristic of life in a big law firm is that professionals often have a high degree of specialization at early stages in their careers. As a corporate lawyer working at Canada's largest firm, it is rare for me to have an opportunity to be involved in litigation due to the fact that many of my colleagues have a wealth of specialized expertise in this area, often making it more cost-effective for them to handle litigious matters directly.


So What Is It We (Should) Do Anyway?
By Michael J. Dayton

Here's a good one: What do you call a smiling, sober, courteous person at a bar association meeting? The caterer.

When I hear a "lawyer joke" or someone says to me "Oh, you're a lawyer" I cringe, though only a bit, because we all know lawyers that are the basis of the stereotype. You know, Jim Carey in Liar, Liar, but without the comical goofiness or inevitable epiphany. In response I say "But I am not that kind of lawyer." Amid the sure-to-follow eye rolling, I explain that I am not unethical, I am not 6'4", lanky or with big teeth and, most importantly, I never chase ambulances or even enter a courtroom (at least not for job-related purposes). I am a business lawyer.


Grow Your Law Practice Through the Use of Mediation
By Jeffrey Carr

Utilizing mediation as an integral aspect of your law practice can be one of the major building blocks to growing a successful and satisfying career. Though Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and even mediation are now being added to many law school curricula, integration of these techniques and tactics can provide your client with alternatives that may not have been presented to them in any previous interactions with the legal system. As such, mediation can give you a tool that sets you apart from your colleagues in how you represent your clients and are perceived in the public.


The Ethical Ramifications of Developing Online Leads
By Steven J. Olsen

Young lawyers today recognize the advantages of using the internet and social media to build an identity for themselves and their firms. Marketing by these means is second nature for young lawyers. They were taught to use this medium throughout their years of education. But few have been informed of the pitfalls associated with legal marketing.


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  Subcommittee Feature

The Business and Corporate Litigation Pro Bono Subcommittee, the Pro Bono Committee and the Young Lawyer Committee are organizing an exciting pro bono and public service project for the upcoming Annual Meeting in San Francisco. We will support the San Francisco Food Bank, a wonderful organization that does so much for the community. Two examples of its programs include:

  • Healthy Children Pantries, which provides low-income parents with fresh fruits and vegetables, protein-rich foods such as meat or eggs, and staples like rice and pasta that they can use to prepare nutritious meals for their families at home. These farmers' market-style pantries are conveniently located in public schools, giving parents easy access to nutritious food as they drop off or pick up their children. More than 5,600 families are served by this network of 57 Healthy Children Pantries each week.
  • Morning Snack Program, which provides students with wholesome snacks such as fresh fruits, carrots and string cheese, giving them the fuel they need to learn. Working in partnership with over 30 public schools with large numbers of low-income students, the Morning Snack Program serves 11,000 children each school day.

These are just two examples of the great work this organization does that benefits many other groups and individuals. More information on the San Francisco Food Bank can be found on their website.

HOW CAN YOU HELP? Section members and Annual Meeting attendees will have three ways to support the San Francisco Food Bank:

  1. Donate to the San Francisco Food Bank! Your donation allows the Food Bank to supply six times worth what you are donating (i.e., for every $1 donated, the Food Bank is able to supply $6 worth of food). The link to the ABA Donation webpage is the following: http://fooddrive.sffoodbank.org/team/9595924671.
  2. Join the Section in volunteering at Glide, an organization supported by the San Francisco Food Bank that provides daily meals to those in need, to prepare lunch from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 9. RSVP to volunteer to Leslie Archer by Monday, August 5.
  3. When you get to the Annual Meeting, there will be containers at the Registration Desk and near the Membership Desk at the Fairmont. Please bring non-perishable items to put in the containers. There are many supermarkets and grocery stores near the hotel where you can pick up a few items and drop them off during the Meeting in the containers. Your donation will go a long way!

For more information, please contact Victoria Newman at Victoria.newman@hklaw.com, or Kristin Gore at kgore@carltonfields.com, or Betty Boyd at attorneybboyd@live.com.

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