A Young Lawyer’s Guide To Building a Client Base

By Lee Robertson

Like you, when I graduated from law school, I found a job with a midsize law firm making a base salary of $80,000 the first year, plus bonuses. The second year, I made $85,000, plus bonuses. The firm gave me a low-interest mortgage so I could buy a home, and two country club memberships. And best of all, a new BMW. I picked the color, of course.

Oh, that didn’t happen for you? Well, it didn’t happen for me, either. In fact, the only person I know that this actually happened to was Mitchell Y. McDeere, and he’s not real. He’s John Grisham’s famous character from “The Firm.”

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YLD: Legal Link Seeking Volunteer Speakers

By Sheila Spence

Legal LINK is a committee of the Young Lawyers Division. Legal LINK stands for Leadership, Information, Networking, and Knowledge. This program is designed to increase interest in legal careers among high school students who are underrepresented in the legal profession. Legal LINK consists of one-hour sessions focused on each of the LINK building blocks and includes a field trip to a local law school or courthouse. We are looking for speakers for our upcoming sessions at Southern High School and Person High School.

We are currently planning our sessions on Leadership, Information, Networking, and Knowledge and we would like to invite you to participate if you are available.  Unless otherwise noted, all sessions are held on Fridays from noon to 1 p.m.

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Food Bank Opportunities With the Legal Feeding Frenzy

Update: Register Legal Feeding Frenzy teams now at nclegalfeedingfrenzy.com.

Food banks across North Carolina are welcoming volunteers from the legal community this January and February, and you should be one of them.  Choose from among 11 dates and locations for the one (or more) that works best for you.  To learn more or sign up, contact Michele.Livingstone@gmail.com.

These events are gearing up the NCBA for its annual food-and-fund-raising contest, the Legal Feeding Frenzy or “LFF.”  The LFF is brought to you by the NCBA’s Young Lawyers Division, but the contest and volunteer events are not just for the “young” and are not just for lawyers.  Attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, practice administrators, law professors, law students, and even their families are invited (note that most events are limited to ages 12, 13, or 16 and up).  While you’re there, sign up your law firm, law school, government/non-profit corporate counsel/in-house team (all sizes, from 1 to 100+) for the LFF contest and earn special contest bonuses.

The Legal Feeding Frenzy Food-and-Fund-Raising Contest runs March 1 – 30.

Volunteer Event Dates

See the table below this list and the LFF flyer here for more details on the upcoming volunteer events.

January 4, 2019 | Southern Pines – Sandhills | 9am – 12pm

January 5, 2019 | Durham | 9am – 12pm

January 5, 2019  | Raleigh | 1pm – 4pm

January 18, 2019  | Wilmington | 9am – 12pm

January 21, 2019  | Elizabeth City | 9am – 12pm

January 26, 2019  | Greenville – New Bern | 9am – 12pm

February 2, 2019  | Charlotte | 9am – 12pm

February 9, 2019  | Winston-Salem | 9am – 12pm

February 9, 2019  | Fayetteville | 9am – 12pm

February 16, 2019  | Durham | 9am – 11am

February 23, 2019  | Asheville | 9 am – 12pm

January E-Blast: Help Us Plan For Next Year, Outreach Programs and More

By Rachel Matesic

It’s hard to believe that this 2018-19 bar year is already halfway over.  We are so proud of what the NCBA YLD has accomplished in the first half of this year and what is in the works for the rest of the year.  We are also beginning the process of planning for the 2019-20 bar year and we need your input.  Please respond to this survey regarding your interests and thoughts for the 2019-20 bar year by 5 pm on Friday, February 8, 2019.

Your responses are critical to helping us plan for the best 2019-20 YLD bar year possible!

Also, please mark your calendars: our annual planning meeting will be in Charlotte on Saturday, March 30, 2018 from 9am-2pm. Details will follow soon. We hope to see you there.

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The YLD: Brewing For the Greater Good To Benefit the NCBF

By Eleanor Redhage

The NCBA YLD is pleased to announce Brewing for the Greater Good, a new series of events to benefit the North Carolina Bar Foundation. This bar year, the YLD and NCBF are partnering to host events across North Carolina from the mountains to the coast. These events are an opportunity to bring together area YLD and NCBA members – their family and friends – at local breweries for fun, fellowship and philanthropy.

 

Brewing for the Greater Good in Raleigh
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Trophy Brewing Co. Tap & Table
225 S. Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Check in on the NCBF Facebook page.

The YLD has long been the volunteer force behind the Foundation’s pro bono and public service programs. The NC Bar Foundation would like to thank the YLD for its ongoing support and share how the outreach of the YLD is impacting the people and communities of North Carolina. While Brewing for the Greater Good in Raleigh, we would like to spotlight how the legal profession, collectively, can bolster the Foundation’s impact. There is great work happening – and more to be done.

Take time out of your day to relax and unwind with the YLD: Brewing for the Greater Good to benefit the NCBF.

YLD: Brewing for the Greater Good to benefit the NCBF will be on tap in a city near you. Please look for more information regarding events in Asheville, Charlotte and Greensboro.

A Lesson On Mindfulness and the YLD Wellness Challenge

By Neubia Harris

This year, the YLD Wellness Committee instituted a Wellness Challenge between the Mountain, Piedmont, and Coastal regions of the state.  Each quarter, the attorneys in their respective regions will be highlighted for their efforts to engage in wellness activities such as physical and financial fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, and meditation.  This quarter we are shining a spotlight on the Mountain region, which includes Charlotte.  Next up will be the Piedmont region — Raleigh, Greensboro, and the surrounding areas — from January 2019 through March 2019.  Then, the Coastal Region — Wilmington, Elizabeth City, and the surrounding areas — will participate in the challenge from April 2019 through July 2019.  The region with the most engagement receives a free networking event sponsored by the NCBA YLD. Follow the challenge on Twitter at #YLDWellness.

If you, or any YLD-eligible attorney you know, has participated in any wellness initiative, please send either pictures or a brief description of the activity (or both!), outlining the nature of the activity and who participated to your YLD Wellness Committee Co-Chairs Neubia Harris or Kevin Pratt at neubia@neubiaharrislaw.com or kevinpratt13@gmail.com.  You may also contact them with any questions or concerns about the challenge.

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November E-Blast: Construction Law For YLD, Legal Feeding Frenzy, Law Student Outreach and More

DATES TO KNOW

November 15, 2018 | Insurance Law Networking |Charlotte| 5:30 pm

November 15, 2018 | Member Social | Greenville| 5:30 pm -7:00 pm

November 19, 2018 | Sports & Entertainment Law Charlotte Hornets Networking | Charlotte| TBA

November 20, 2018 | YLD Brewing For the Greater Good | Wilmington | 5:30 pm

November 29, 2018 | Family Law Section Reception | Winston-Salem | 5:30 pm

December 1, 2018 | Young Lawyers Division Council Meeting | 9:00 am

December 1, 2018 | Young Lawyers Division Escape Room Networking Event | Greensboro | 2:00 pm

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The YLD: Brewing For the Greater Good To Benefit the NCBF

The YLD is pleased to announce a new series of events to benefit the North Carolina Bar Foundation. This Bar year, the YLD and NCBF are partnering to host events across North Carolina from the mountains to the coast. These events are an opportunity to bring together area YLD and NCBA members – their family and friends – at local breweries for fun, fellowship and philanthropy.

On Tap in Wilmington
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Waterline Brewing Company
721 Surry StreetWilmington, NC 28401
Check in on the NCBF Facebook page.

The YLD has long been the volunteer force behind the Foundation’s pro bono and public service programs. The NC Bar Foundation would like to thank the YLD for their ongoing support and share how the outreach of the YLD is impacting the people and communities of North Carolina. While Brewing for the Greater Good in Wilmington, we would like to spotlight the work we are doing for NC Disaster Legal Services – assisting those impacted by Hurricane Florence; Lawyers for Literacy – a hands-on approach to early childhood reading; and ways the legal profession, collectively, can bolster the Foundation’s impact. There is great work happening – and more to be done.

Take time out of your day to relax and unwind with the YLD: Brewing for the Greater Good to benefit the NCBF.

YLD: Brewing for the Greater Good to benefit the NCBF will be on tap in a city near you. Please look for more information regarding events in Asheville, Charlotte and Greensboro.

Learn About the UBE With the YLD Bar Exam Committee

Please join the Young Lawyers Division Bar Exam Committee as they host a presentation about the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). As many of you know, North Carolina is switching to the UBE exam in February 2019 and this transition has raised a lot of questions. What is the UBE? How is it different from the previous bar exam? How will it affect my ability to practice in other states? How will it affect my job prospects? How will it affect employee recruitment?

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YLD October E-Blast: Dates To Know, Updates, Volunteer Opportunities, Etc.

DATES TO KNOW

October 10, 2018 | International Law Networking Event in Durham |  5:30 p.m.

October 12-13 2018 | 34th Annual North Carolina/South Carolina Labor and Employment Law Program | DETAILS HERE!

October 12, 2018 | Member Social in Charlotte | 5:30 p.m.

October 16-17, 2018 | Professionalism for New Attorneys Fall/Winter 2018 Program in Cary | REGISTER HERE!

October 17 , 2018 | Litigation Networking Event in Asheville | 5:30 p.m.

October 18 , 2018 | Education Law Networking Event in Asheville | 5:00 p.m.

October 30 , 2018 | Small Firm & Technology Starting Out Solo Event in Cary | 6:00 p.m.

November 3 , 2018 | Georgia Tech v. UNC Tailgate at Kenan Stadium | TBA

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