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Young Lawyers Division Has A Lot To Offer New Lawyers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Networking, community service and social events are on the agenda as the NJSBA Young Lawyers Division announces its blueprint of activities for 2005-2006. To register for any of these events, contact the NJSBA Meetings Department at 732-249-5000, or online at and select Meetings Calendar.

“The benefit of belonging to the Young Lawyers Division and participating in these events is vast. Newer attorneys can make that transition from law student to member of the bar and really get to know other attorneys around the state,” says YLD Chair Angela White Dalton, a partner at the law firm of Goldring & Edwards, LLC, in Tinton Falls.

“In terms of levels of confidence and networking—the ability to have someone to call, to confide in, and knowing that you can be involved in community service activities or dealing with issues facing the bar—these are key resources of the YLD. The Young Lawyers Division is not practice specific. It’s more about getting to know people who are at other law firms or places whose practice might be different than yours. There are lots of issues facing newer attorneys and the YLD is there to address professional development, continuing education, and community and social needs.”

The YLD is sponsoring a membership drive this year to get the word out to eligible state bar members who are not YLD members about the benefits of YLD membership.

“We plan to reach out to the three New Jersey law schools, and possibly schools in Delaware and Philadelphia, as well as to personally reach out to anyone who’s already in the State Bar but who hasn’t joined the YLD. We hope to see many new faces at our YLD events this year,” she says.

Dalton would like to hear from YLD members, or lawyers who are eligible for YLD membership. She can be reached by email at, or call 732-842-4777.

Attorneys are eligible for YLD membership if they have been practicing for five years or less or are age 36 or below.

Young lawyers will be sponsoring and participating in many events during the year beginning with the Annual Summer Associates and Law Clerk Program being held today at the New Jersey Law Center.

Program Co-Chairs Steven Nudelman of Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP and Jennifer Sarnelli of Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer have put together a well-rounded seminar titled “Introduction to the Practice of Law in the State of New Jersey.” Invited speakers will cover the gamut on law practice for a new attorney with Dennis Estis of Greenbaum Rowe Smith Davis LLP, Office of State Police Affairs deputy director Desha Lang Jackson, Kevin M. Kramer of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Central Jersey Legal Services executive director Paul V. Mullin and Yanet Perez-Noble,

Assistant United States Attorney. NJSBA President Stuart A. Hoberman will welcome attendees.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the YLD will host its annual Kick-Off Barbecue at the New Jersey Law Center at 6 p.m. The YLD welcomes its members at this annual reorganization where participants can meet the YLD officers and executive committee, develop contacts for the future, and find out what the YLD has to offer in terms of networking, continuing education, community service and new friendships.

The Kick-Off Barbecue is the perfect opportunity for YLD eligible attorneys to find out what the YLD is all about before making a decision to join the division. The registration cost of $20 includes barbecue fare, desserts and beverages.

The Far Hills Races and Tailgate at Mooreland Farms is the next item on the YLD calendar slated for Saturday, Oct. 22. The race in 2005 will mark the 85th running, and the Far Hills Race features some of the finest steeplechasers in the world. Since the 1950s, this annual event has raised more than $16 million for the Somerset Medical Center through the Somerset Medical Center Foundation.

The gates open at 8 a.m. with the first race starting at 1 p.m. The cost of $75 per person includes admission, gourmet tailgate picnic and beverages. Optional parking passes may be ordered in advance for $30. Reservations are required by Oct. 7. On race day, the tickets are $100 at the gate plus $25 for the tailgate picnic so order early!

The YLD will participate as a cosponsor in the Fourth Annual Minority Judges Reception scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the New Jersey Law Center. This highly successful annual event brings the bench and bar of New Jersey together to recognize distinguished minority members of the federal, state and local courts.

Sponsored by the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Committee, Minorities in the Profession Section, YLD and NJSBA, this reception should be on every young lawyer’s calendar as an opportunity to meet New Jersey judges. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. The event begins at 6 p.m.

The Minority Judges Reception is also cosponsored with the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association, Association of Black Women Lawyers, Garden State Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association, NJ Corporate Counsel Association and NJ Women Lawyers Association.

The YLD Brew Ho Ho, the division’s annual holiday celebration and community service project, will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at J.J. Bittings in Woodbridge. The Brew Ho Ho will begin at 6 p.m. and the cost will be announced.

At this social and networking event, young lawyers sponsor a professional clothing drive. The YLD coordinates a program through its own members and NJSBA members to donate their gently-used men’s and women’s professional clothing and accessories to the Hire Attire Boutique and Men’s Store in New Brunswick. The professional clothing drive project is so successful, that the YLD now collects clothing donations at each of its business meetings, and the YLD’s Hire Attire career clothing efforts have been recognized by the American Bar Association with a special grant to expand the program. Clothing drives are also held at the NJSBA Annual Meeting.

The YLD will also cosponsor the Eighth Annual Diversity Holiday Reception on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center. Also sponsored by the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Committee, Minorities in the Profession Section, YLD and NJSBA, young lawyers can start the holiday party season at this networking event.

Additional cosponsors include the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association, Association of Black Women Lawyers, Garden State Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association, NJ Corporate Counsel Association and NJ Women Lawyers Association. The cost is $25.

YLD Chair Dalton invites all YLD members to attend the division’s Executive Committee meetings to learn how to participate and support the work of the YLD. All meetings are at 6 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center on the following dates:

October 11, 2005

November 15, 2005

January 10, 2006

February 7, 2006

March 15, 2006

April 18, 2006

Stay Tuned! There are many more projects in the planning stages for the YLD this year including a wine tasting event in the fall and a Somerset Patriots picnic in June 2006.

A series of financial planning Lunch and Learn seminars are in the works for young lawyers to get information on questions relevant to their needs such as “how do I pay off my student loans” and “do I need disability insurance.”

The YLD will present its Distinguished Speakers Series this year to provide an educational forum where young lawyers and law students can socialize and network. Supreme Court Justice Peter Verniero was the speaker at the first annual Distinguished Speakers Series held in 2000 at Rutgers Law School—Newark. Attorney and philanthropist Lewis Katz spoke to young lawyers and law students at Rutgers Law School – Camden in 2001 about his career and experiences with sports teams. The YLD tries to ass