YLD Winter Quarterly Meeting Report

By Kristen M. Kirby
On Saturday, November 16, more than 30 young lawyers from across North Carolina gathered in-person and by phone for the YLD’s winter quarterly meeting in Wilmington.

During the meeting, we heard reports from our YLD officers and each of our 14 committees. It is safe to say that our committees have gotten off to a great start this bar year, and have many more exciting events to come!

Here are a just a few highlights of what our YLD committees are currently planning for the upcoming months:


  • The Civic Engagement Committee has organized a panel discussion on Paths to the Judiciary to be held in Cary on December 11 (if you are interested in attending, you can sign up here)
  • The Membership & Outreach Committee will hold a program on January 16 on the place of young lawyers in the profession, which will include a CLE component
  • The Wellness Committee is planning its Wellness Wednesday events for February 2020, with events to be held in Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh and Winston-Salem
  • The Legal Feeding Frenzy will kick off this year’s food and fund drive supporting North Carolina food banks in late February 2020, with volunteer events to be held at each of our state’s food banks

Following the Committee reports, Immediate Past Chair, Rachel Blunk, discussed the upcoming nominations process for our YLD officer elections. Stay tuned for more information on this in the coming months!

Louise Harris, Director of the North Carolina Bar Foundation (NCBF), was also able to join the YLD meeting to discuss the importance of giving to the NCBF. If you are interested in making a donation to support the work of the NCBF and their mission of uniting the talent and generosity of our profession to be a power of greater good for the people of North Carolina, you can do so here:  https://www.ncbarfoundation.org/donate/.

Chair, Cabell Clay, named Spencer Fritts and Will Robinson as the YLD Stars of the Quarter for their outstanding work on behalf of the Law Student Outreach Committee, including the Grab-a-Coffee Program.

Once the business portion of the meeting concluded, it was time for some fun social activities!  First, we visited Green Light Escape Room where we successfully completed a brewery heist escape room challenge (in only 34 minutes!). We wrapped up our time in Wilmington with refreshments and fellowship at Front Street Brewery.

YLD quarterly meetings provide a great opportunity to learn more about all of the great work the YLD is doing and to network with young attorneys from across the state. We hope that you will consider joining us for our next quarterly meeting, which will be held on March 28 at the NCBA center in Cary!