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BBA Young Lawyers Section Spotlight on ... The Young Lawyers the BBA Young Lawyers Section training opportunities that are tailored to our members’ needs. Section of the Birmingham Bar Association is one of the largest and most active Sections. The primary purposes of the Section are to encourage the participation of young lawyers in the practice of law; to enhance the relationships among young lawyers with judges, Birmingham Bar Association members, the public and businesses; to facilitate Continuing Legal Education seminars to educate young lawyers; to promote the professional development, welfare, interests, and education of the members of the Section and to promote community service and charitable activities among members of the Section. Additionally, the Section encourages involvement of its members in activities of the Birmingham Bar Association and provides an environment which fosters cooperation between and among young lawyers in the profession, thereby enhancing the profession as a whole. The Section is devoted to developing new lawyers – young or old.  In particular, we look for ways to partner with experienced lawyers and other sections of the Bar Association to provide training opportunities that are tailored to our members’ needs. We also facilitate relationship building because we recognize that our clients benefit when their lawyers have a personal relationship with lawyers on the other side Katherine L. (Katie) Taylor, Chair, BBA Young Lawyers Section ...providing of a case. The Section strives to provide continuing legal education to its members free of cost each year. In years past, the Section has partnered with the ADR section to offer a seminar on Mediation, and has presented a day-long CLE, with three diverse panels, focusing on Business Development, Work/Life Balance and Financial Planning for the young lawyer. The Section also supports the City of Birmingham. One of the enumerated purposes of the YLS is to promote community service. The Section, and particularly the Public Service Committee within the Section, provides opportunities for new attorneys to support the community  through their experience, time, and resources. In years past, our members have volunteered at the Firehouse Shelter to serve food to homeless men in Jefferson County; provided tornado relief in Tuscaloosa by picking up debris and sorting donations; and taught law-related courses to middle school students in Birmingham City schools. In addition, each year our members partner with the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program to provide legal assistance at pro bono legal clinics. We also raise money each year in support of local charities.  In the past seven years, our members have raised more than $150,000 for various charities providing services to the City of Birmingham, such as the Children’s Hospital Oncology and Hematology Department, Juvenile Arthritis, the Autism Society, Preschool Partners, The Exceptional Foundation, Kid One Transport, Birmingham Aids Outreach and Holy Family Christo Rey. The Young Lawyers Section also promotes networking and camaraderie among the members of the Birmingham Bar. The Section hosts social events on a regular basis for its membership, and an annual golf tournament open to all members of the Bar. One of the social highlights of the Section is a partnership social with the Magic City Bar. Membership in the Young Lawyers Section of the Birmingham Bar Association is open to any person who is a) licensed to practice law in the State of Alabama, b) a member in good standing of the Birmingham Bar Association, and c) who is not over the age of thirty-six (36) at the start of the term or who is in the first three (3) years of law practice at the start of the term.  Dues are $30 annually. G  Contributor Katie Taylor 34 Birmingham Bar Association


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