I am excited to serve as Chair of the Task Force on Outreach to Young Lawyers of the ABA’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (“TIPS”) and I welcome you to our website. Our mission is to increase membership and facilitate the participation of young lawyers in TIPS. A big part of that mission involves creating leadership opportunities for young lawyers in TIPS by providing a forum for young lawyers to learn about and become involved in the Section. Our ultimate goal is to help young lawyers advance their careers by using all that TIPS has to offer for career development and networking.
During the past couple years, we updated our website to provide greater content in a user friendly manner. We have also increased our use of social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. You can sign up – as many already have – and follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tipsyounglawyers. You can keep abreast of important events by following our Twitter handle @ABATIPS. Our website and social media are designed to inform you of our activities and meetings/events and to offer an interactive forum that enhances your participation in TIPS. We have also posted a number of articles on a variety of topics of particular relevance to young lawyers, their practices and lives.
Our Task Force meets quarterly and holds regular telephone conference calls between meetings. You are welcome – and encouraged – to attend all of our meetings. In addition to meeting the Task Force tries to sponsor networking socials at both the Mid Year and Annual ABA Meetings.
One important goal of the Task Force is to enhance the practices of our members. In the recent past, the Task Force completed a series of litigation-related CLE programs specifically created for young lawyers including: Conducting Jury Voir Dire in October 2010; Effective Oral Advocacy in May 2011 (live) and again by telephone/webinar in September 2011; Devastating Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses as well as another program about how to effectively handle difficult issues involving judges in October 2011; and Witness Preparation and Direct Examination in May 2012. In 2013 the Task Force presented a yearlong practice series for the ABA YLD titled Anatomy of ADR. The Task Force hopes to present a Webinar in 2015 on the Topic of What Young Lawyers and Law Clerks Need to Know. The materials for these past programs are available on our website and more information will be available soon on the 2015 Webinar.
With regard to professional development, we continue to work closely with numerous ABA/YLD substantive committees and have appointed various liaisons/representatives from the corresponding TIPS Committees to facilitate this interaction. These substantive committees are an excellent way to gain knowledge and skills relevant to your practice area while networking with lawyers of all experience levels, including some of the best in the country.
As you can see, there are numerous opportunities to get involved through our Task Force and in TIPS. To learn more about TIPS, its Committees – and to sign up to join us as a member – please see our new TIPS brochure which was specifically designed for young lawyers. You can access it by Clicking Here.
I enjoy the privilege of serving as the Chair of TIPS’ Task Force on Outreach to Young Lawyers. I am very encouraged and excited about the future of this Task Force, of TIPS, and of our members. As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or would otherwise like to discuss what we are doing or your involvement. We look forward to working with you!