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Young Lawyers Division programs

The YLD sponsors many activities and through the work of its committees reaches out to young lawyers as will as the community. We encourage you to become an active member of the YLD and join one or more of our committees. The YLD needs your ideas, energy, and time to help young lawyers make a difference to the practice of law in this country. If you are interested in joining one of the YLD committees or would like more information on YLD, please contact the ACBA at 412-261-6161.

An Evening with the Bigwigs

This event provides young attorneys with an opportunity to network with major players in the local legal scene. Featuring both a structured and an unstructured networking component, this is unique opportunity for young lawyers to meet our region's legal heavyweights.

Very Important Papers (VIP)

The Very Important Papers Project (VIP) is designed for teams of young lawyers to provide legal education to low-income elderly residents in and around Allegheny County. Presentations are done at senior citizen high-rises, libraries, YMCAs, hospitals, and other facilities as well as for senior citizen organizations such as AARP.

The first topic covered in these presentations deals with being prepared for disability, incapacity, and death and is entitled "Family Matters." The presentation covers gathering information, guardianship versus preparation of a power of attorney, preparation of an advance directive for health care declaration (living will) and/or the preparation of a will versus dying intestate.

Practicing Green Initiative

This program occurs every April to celebrate Earth Day. It features a free CLE component on an environmental law topic as well as a hands on community event. Previous CLE topics have including legal issues surrounding green building codes, Marcellus shale, and brownfield redevelopment.

Rolling with the Judges

This annual program allows young lawyers to interact with local judges in a fun, relaxed atmosphere while bowling.

Stepping Out

The Stepping Out program allows area attorneys to speak to local high schools students about how laws affect their lives as they "step out" into the real world. If you are interested in the program, contact Pam DeCecco at or 412-402-6613.

Staying Out of E-Trouble

Staying Out of E-Trouble is a component of the YLD's Stepping Out Program for area high school students. The program was created by the Allegheny County Bar Association and it discusses the ways students can avoid getting into trouble while using various modes of communications technology, such as text messages, e-mail, social network sites, and YouTube. E-Trouble will also discuss the laws that apply to this technology and the possible punishment for violating those laws.

Children in Shelter Holiday Parties

The Children in Shelter Holiday Parties make the holidays a little brighter for homeless children and their custodial parents by sponsoring parties at several undisclosed locations throughout Allegheny County.

Through the Salvation Army's "Treasures for Children" program,
formerly known as the "Angel Tree," program, a child's first name, age, and sex are written on a paper ornament and hung from the branches of special trees in the Office of the Prothonotary and in the lobby of the Koppers Building. Anonymous donors select an angel, purchase a gift, and return it with the angel to the tree from which it was taken.

On the morning of the parties, ACBA volunteers gather to wrap the gifts and label them with children's names and locations. The gifts are sorted according to location, and three vans are loaded with the gifts for delivery to the shelters.

Lunch and Learn

Several times each year, the Young Lawyers Division presents leaders from our profession to address issues of interest to young lawyers. Some Lunch and Learn topics have included:

- State of the Pittsburgh Legal Market
- Tax Law Update
- Electronic Discovery

Lunch with the Judges

The Young Lawyers Division presents a great opportunity for its members to participate in a question and answer session with members of the local bench during the lunch hour. Generally, YLD schedules the program three times per year, and greatly appreciates the cooperation of the bench to make this one of the most well attended events of the year.

Wills for Heroes

Volunteer attorneys prepare wills and powers of attorneys for local first responders. If you are interested in an event or would like more information regarding this program, please contact Angel Revelant at

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