YLS Executive Committee Seeks Applications for 2019-2020 Bar Year

Written Friday, March 1, 2019



The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) Executive Committee is a fantastic opportunity for you to take a leadership role in the Bar, network with friends and colleagues, create avenues for potential new clients, and make a name for yourself in this early part of your career.




What is the CBA/YLS?

As a member of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) under the age of thirty-seven or in your first six years of practice, you are automatically a member of the YLS. With more than 2,200 members, the YLS is the CBA’s largest section. The YLS Executive Committee organizes and participates in continuing legal education (CLE) opportunities, professional networking, and social activities for young lawyers and their communities throughout the state.

What is the CBA/YLS Executive Committee?

The Executive Committee is your chance to take a leadership role in the YLS. Pursuant to the CBA/YLS Bylaws, the YLS is governed by an Executive Committee comprised of four officers, a team of directors, and chairs of committees dedicated to varied practice areas made up of young lawyers from across the Association and state. These committees actively engage in planning and implementing programming catered to each area of the law, and they provide an excellent opportunity for young lawyers to explore the area of law in which they practice and begin to make a name for themselves there. The committee chair positions that may comprise the 2019-2020 Executive Committee are found on the application.


What are the duties of CBA/YLS Executive Committee Member?

The term for the 2019-2020 YLS Executive Committee will run from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. 

The quality of each year’s educational, social and network programming is the direct product of the creativity and dedication of our Executive Committee members. Connecticut continues to have enthusiastic and outstanding members of both the Executive Committee and the Bar that devote their time and energy to produce first-class seminars, panel discussions, networking programs, dinner, and public service opportunities. We also develop programs designed to improve the practice of law in Connecticut with projects that provide public service and pro bono opportunities for our membership. We are able to invite top notch speakers from around the country and regularly receive recognition on a national level for the success we have achieved. To keep this tradition of excellent alive, we need your help in joining our Executive Committee!

With respect to time commitment, Executive Committee members are expected to attend monthly meetings from September through May. Some of these sessions will be dinner meetings held at the CBA Law Center in New Britain, CT. Other sessions will involve social and professional networking opportunities throughout the state. Executive Committee Members have responsibilities including planning and implementing CLE programs, social events for young lawyers, and public service/pro bono commitment. The responsibilities are better viewed as opportunities to tailor CLE programs to the needs of you and other similarly situated young lawyers, make valuable connections and provide pro bono/public service in a way that is personally rewarding to you. Once appointed to the Executive Committee, members are required to attend the Executive Committee’s Annual Leadership Retreat, which is a leadership training and strategic planning meeting in June. This year’s Retreat will be held on Friday June 28th and Saturday June 29 that the Foxwoods Resort Casino. The Retreat is a day and half long event and will require members to take a full day away from work Friday, June 28th. All meals and hotel accommodations as well as some scheduled resort activities will be provided by the YLS with a $35 registration fee.


How do I sign up?

Complete and return the application electronically to Carol DeJohn at cdejohn@ctbar.org by Friday, April 5, 2019. Submission of an application is a prerequisite to appointment to the Executive Committee and space on the Committee is limited. This is true for both new and current members alike. The application process is designed to aid the YLS Selection Committee in creating an Executive Committee that is diverse, inclusive, and responsive to the needs and demands of the entire membership.