American Bar Association
Task Force on Outreach to Young Lawyers

Task Force on Outreach to Young Lawyers

Chair's Welcome

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 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!

George Parker Winter 2015

About Young Lawyers

The Tort Trial & Insurance practice has many exciting young lawyers empowering the section. They have become instrumental in the the sections books, publications and CLE's. Our young lawyers are headed for leadership positions among the many TIPS committees. They attend the many meetings and events while learning and networking with the best lawyers in the United States.

The Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) is one of the leading ABA Sections for the placement of young lawyers in leadership positions. TIPS leadership continues to demonstrate its commitment to the development and recruitment of young lawyers. This Section does more than just talk about young lawyers - we act.

We encourage our Young Lawyers to apply for the TIPS Now scholarship. TIPS NOW! is a leadership initiative that brings young leaders into TIPS. Learn more about TIPS NOW!

Articles of Interest to Young Lawyers

The Task Force On Outreach to Young Lawyers of the Tort Trial Insurance Practice Section is pleased to provide the following collection of articles that we are confident young lawyers in a variety of areas will find interesting and invaluable to their practices.

Topics are wide-ranging, from perfecting the part-time schedule to constructing your closing argument. We hope you find these resources inspiring. Click below on the title of the article to view the entire article or to download it. If you have written an article that you think would be a worthwhile resource to young lawyers and would like to see it posted here, contact Mike Vercher, the Task Force Chair.

About the TIPS Task Force on Outreach to Young Lawyers

The Task Force on Outreach to Young Lawyers is responsible for facilitating and recruiting membership and participation of young lawyers in TIPS and in developing leadership opportunities for young lawyers in the Section by providing a forum for young lawyers to learn about and become involved in TIPS and Section Governance.

TIPS NOW! Fellows

Amy Bernadas,Cassandra Georges,Richard Vanderslice, Anna Romanskaya,Mariel Taylor,Jeremy Taylor,Steven Still

Social Media

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    Contact TIPS

    Linda Wiley
    TIPS Membership Specialist
    Tort Trial & Insurance Practice
    321 N. Clark Ave, Chicago IL 60654
    (fax) 312-988-6230

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    Watters, Latanishia

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    The Task Force - Leadership


    The Task Force is assisting the ABA YLD with a year long practice series (2013-2014) of CLEs entitled Anatomy of ADR. Please visit the ABA YLD website for the most up to date information on dates and times for this series. On September 13, 2011, the Task Force presented a national telephonic CLE on Effective Oral Advocacy, Opening Statements and Closing Arguments. This 90 minute substantive CLE provided some practical techniques, insights and suggestions on how to effectively persuade your audience.

    Chuck Eppolito, on behalf of TIPS and through the Section's Task Force on Outreach to Young Lawyers (which he chairs), presented a CLE program at the ABA/YLD Spring Conference in Las Vegas, NV on May 13, 2011, entitled 'The Art of Oral Advocacy: Opening Statements and Closing Arguments.' Jake Downs, a member of the Task Force, was also a presenter. The seminar was very well attended and the attendees reported it to be a very educational and inspiring CLE. Please access the written materials through the following link: Read the materials

    On October 18, 2010, the Task Force on Outreach to Young Lawyers presented an outstanding national telephonic program, entitled 'Voir Dire: It's Not Jury Selection.' Three nationally renowned experienced trial lawyers discussed the newest techniques for effective jury voir dire, including identifying potential jurors who will be unfavorable to you or your client.

    Plaintiff?s and defense lawyers shared their secrets to success about how to establish credibility with jurors as you inquire about their biases and prejudices. They discussed humanizing corporate clients by using corporate decision makers and explaining corporate concepts, and using juror questionnaires, internet technology and other social media to your advantage. Participants in the program had an opportunity to ask questions and further explore this very important aspect of litigation.


    Past Events

    TIPS Midyear Meeting

    The ABA TIPS Task Force on Outreach to Young Lawyers enjoyed the sights and sounds of spring in the nation's capital for the Joint Judicial Conference and TIPS Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. Members of the Task Force focused their attention at this meeting on planning outreach efforts for the Annual Meeting and events in 2013-2014.

    The Task Force met on Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Task Force members reported on their efforts to contact and assist ABA YLD substantive committees. Members will continue to reach out to these committees before each TIPS meeting and ask them if we can help with CLEs, content for their website, articles, etc.

    In an effort to broaden the tangible content items the Task Force will produce, the group decided on the format of the "Day in the Life" articles its members will produce that offer a glimpse into the life of an associate or young lawyer working in insurance defense, plaintiff, corporate/in-house and general/solo. Rick Vanderslice is working on a "Day in the Life" article on general and solo practice that will be done by early July.

    The Task Force appointed Latanisha Watters to coordinate with the ABA YLD on a CLE series that will focus on Alternative Dispute Resolution. We hope to get that approved through the YLD for the 2013 - 2014 year.

    Stay tuned for details on outreach to local young lawyers at the Annual Meeting. We are finalizing plans to host local young lawyers at Local Edition, a speak easy themed bar near The Palace Hotel. I hope to see you in San Francisco in August!

    Programs, Meetings and Events

    Section Events

    Modified by Carlos Vivanco on August 17, 2017

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