October YLD E-Blast

Submitted by Rachel Matesic


October 18, 2019 | Legal LINK Leadership Session | Durham | 12:00 pm

October 22-23, 2019 | Professionalism for New Attorneys CLE | Cary

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

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

November 14, 2019 | YLD Diversity & Inclusion Know Your Rights Program I | Durham | 5:00 pm

November 15, 2019 | Legal LINK Information Session | Durham | 12:00 pm

November 16, 2019 | YLD Winter Quarterly Meeting | Wilmington

November 16, 2019 | YLD Social |  Wilmington


Civic Engagement Committee | The NCBA YLD Civic Engagement Committee is developing a series of panels focused on educating young lawyers on how to become involved in their communities, achieve elected office, or secure a judgeship. The first panel is slated to be held in Raleigh on December 12, 2019, and will focus on the judiciary. This event will feature several trial and appellate judges who will provide commentary on their paths to the bench and give advice to young lawyers hoping to develop careers that lead them to becoming a judge. Subsequent panels – to be held in Charlotte and Asheville – will focus on developing tools to run for office and managing the media. Further details, including location, time, and panel members will be forthcoming.  If you’re interested in learning more or helping out, contact Kevin Sweat or Bryan Norris for additional information.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee | The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is planning a “Know Your Rights” presentation for middle and high school students at the Durham Boys and Girls Club in November. They plan to educate the students on Miranda Rights.  The presentation will be followed by a networking event at Ponysauras in Durham at 6:30, which is open to anyone. For more information, please contact Taylor Dewberry.

Legal LINK Committee | Legal LINK is a program designed to increase interest in legal careers among high school students who are underrepresented in the legal profession.  LINK stands for Leadership, Information, Networking, and Knowledge. Legal LINK consists of one-hour sessions focused on each of these LINK building blocks and includes a field trip to a local law school or courthouse. Legal LINK is looking for volunteers to help with their fall sessions at Southern High School:

Session 1 – Leadership 10/18 at 12:00 pm | Legal LINK will have a panel of 4-5 attorneys talk to the students about what it takes to be a leader in the profession.

Session 2 – Information 11/15 12:00 pm. | For the second session, Legal LINK is seeking volunteer attorneys to sit on a panel to talk about information they wish they had known in high school. Enlighten the youth on what actions to take in high school and college in order to be a successful future attorney.

Contact Sheila Spence at or Shernika Smith to volunteer, for questions, or to RSVP.


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. We 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.

Volunteer with the Young Lawyers Division | We want your talents, energy and viewpoints in the YLD!  Whether your passion is for serving the public, serving the profession, writing articles for publication, improving the administration of justice, building your skills and gaining experience, or helping those in need, we’ve got a role that’s perfect for you!  To get involved and join one of our committees, please review your options and complete this online form. If you have questions about membership or committee participation, please reach out to Administrative Division Director Brooks Jaffa.

Elon and Wake Forest Table Talks | It’s that time of year again! We are looking for volunteers to sign up for an hour during lunch to talk to current law students about your career. 1L students will ask you questions about the type of law you practice and maybe even about classes you took at law school. This is a great way to engage with the law schools. The events will run from 11:45am to 1:00pm and we will be providing lunch for you. Our Elon event will be on Monday, October 28 and the Wake Forest event will be on Thursday, October 31. If interested, please click here.

NCBA Pro Bono Opportunities and Training | Be sure to check out the exciting pro bono opportunities available across the state! Click here for NCBA Volunteer Opportunities.

BarCARES | Check out this 8-minute video that BarCARES has released regarding the benefits of BarCARES to young lawyers and law students.

NCBA Career Center | Our online career center averages between four to seven new North Carolina jobs a week! Job-seekers can post their resume online and receive weekly email updates on new postings, and employers with an NCBA membership receive a 15 percent posting discount. Email questions to Tesha Blancett.

E-Blast Ideas? | If you’d like to see additional or new content in the E-Blast Newsletter, email Rachel Matesic – she’d love to hear from you!