Grab a Coffee Program

By Spencer S. Fritts

Last year, the Law Student Outreach Committee of the Young Lawyers Division started a new and exciting initiative—the Grab a Coffee Program.  When creating the Grab a Coffee Program, our committee sought to create something that would require low investments of time and energy from our NCBA members yet offer high dividends for current law students.  After conducting a pilot program at Campbell School of Law earlier this year, which yielded terrific results and excellent feedback from both law students and participating attorneys, our Committee is expanding the Grab a Coffee Program across the state.

For a brief background, this program seeks to pair law students with practicing attorneys in their area of interest to grab coffee and discuss topics such as the attorney’s path to their current employment, what it is like working in their respective area of the law, and any general advice the attorney may have for the student.  The program is meant to be very informal, and we only ask that participating attorneys meet with a law student one time over coffee for roughly 30 minutes.  Of course, it is our hope that this one-time visit could blossom into a positive mentorship for the law student.

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September YLD E-Blast


September 12, 2019 | Family Law Section Networking Event | Pinehurst | 5:30 pm

September 13, 2019 | Litigation Networking Event | Raleigh | 5:00 pm

September 18, 2019 | Minorities in the Profession Committee Attorney-Student Networking | Campbell Law School | 5:30-7:30pm

September 26, 2019 | Insurance Law Social Event | Cary | 4:00 pm

October 4, 2019 | Member Social | Winston-Salem | 5:30 pm

October 28, 2019 | Lunch with Law Students | Elon University School of Law | 11:45-1:00pm

October 31, 2019 | Lunch with Law Students | Wake Forest University School of Law | 11:45-1:00pm


Minorities in the Profession Committee: The Minorities in the Profession Committee of the NCBA will host an attorney-student networking social at Campbell Law School in downtown Raleigh on Sept. 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The YLD Diversity & Inclusion Committee encourages all YLD members to join MIP for refreshments and the chance to network with fellow legal professionals and law students. RSVP by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.

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How To Survive Law School


By Sarah Cansler

As soon as you get your acceptance letter into law school, you will start to receive all kinds of unsolicited advice. You should always take such advice with a grain of salt, because everyone’s experiences in law school are different, and you know (or will quickly learn) what you need to do to succeed and stay happy and healthy while you do it.

With that said, I am about to provide—you guessed it—some unsolicited advice about how to survive law school. I’m not here to tell you how to get good grades or your dream job, because there are plenty of people wiser and more experienced than I am who can help you accomplish those worthy goals. Instead, I’m here to give you my thoughts on how to make your three years in law school a tolerable, and perhaps even enjoyable, experience.

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Come One, Come All! Join the YLD In Greensboro On Aug. 24

By Cabell Clay

The Young Lawyers Division has two upcoming events in Greensboro on Saturday, Aug. 24.

1. Networking Social

Join the NCBA YLD on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Little Brother Brewing for a casual networking social.  Little Brother Brewing is a small, boutique brewery and taproom in downtown Greensboro.  Get to know your NCBA YLD Leadership and other YLDers from across the state during this low-key, drop-in event.

Who:  All young lawyers are invited!

What:  A low-key afternoon networking social. No cost to attend.

Where:  Little Brother Brewing (348 S Elm St Greensboro, NC 27401)

When:  Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, from 2 – 4 p.m.

How:  Register here.

2. Fall Quarterly Council Meeting & Leadership Training

The YLD’s Fall Quarterly Council Meeting & Leadership Training will take place at Forrest Firm’s Greensboro Office (125 S. Elm St., Suite 100, Greensboro) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24.  We will discuss our YLD committees’ plans for the year and how best to connect with the YLD.   As we kick off the 2019-20 bar year, we will also hold our annual Leadership Training, which will discuss NCBA/NCBF functions, YLD structure, communications and connectedness including the YLD Blog, social media and SLACK, the YLD calendar, and committee expectations, among other topics.

All YLD Members are invited to attend.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Not able to attend in person?  Call-in instead!

Register for the Council Meeting & Leadership Training here.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me ( or our NCBA Communities Manager, Lauren Colvard, ( with questions regarding either event!

Hope to see you on the 24th.

Cabell, YLD Chair


Connect With the YLD

By Cabell Clay

As the summer heat ramps up, so does the new NCBA YLD Bar Year.  I am excited to chair the Young Lawyers Division for the 2019-20 Bar Year and want to personally invite you to connect with the YLD this year in two easy ways.

1. Connect with the YLD on SLACK.

SLACK  is a collaborative online workspace that encourages our members to stay connected without clogging inboxes with email.  It’s a great way to share ideas, ask questions, and learn what the YLD has going on.  If you want to learn more about Slack generally, check out these FAQ’s.   I encourage all YLD members to connect with the YLD on SLACK.  To register, please click HERE to submit your name and your email.  Shortly after you complete the form, you will receive an invitation to formally join the #YLD Channel.

2. Join a Committee!

The heart of the YLD is our committees.  With 14 committees covering a variety of projects, focuses, and interests, we have something for everyone.

Interested in the health and well-being of the YLD? Join the Wellness Committee.

Want to help raise food and funds for our hungry North Carolina neighbors? The Legal Feeding Frenzy Committee is for you.

Devoted to furthering diversity and inclusion among our profession?  Check out the Legal LINK or the Diversity & Inclusion Committees.

Enjoy planning events and bringing folks together? The Member Outreach or Law Student Outreach Committees are calling you.

These Committees are the perfect way to connect with other young lawyers from across the state, connect with opportunities to better yourself, and connect with opportunities to better our profession and communities.

To learn more about the YLD’s 14 Committees and to sign up, click here.

I look forward to connecting with you during the 2019-20 Bar Year.  If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions this year, don’t hesitate to reach out to me – you can email me at — or, better yet, send me a message on SLACK!

Cabell Clay

2019-20 NCBA YLD Chair

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

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

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.