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YLD Receives ABA Recognition

YLD Receives ABA Recognition

The Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association received several honors last week from the American Bar Association’s YLD and its annual Awards of Achievement Program.

The awards were announced in conjunction with the 2015 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago and reported to the NCBA by Cabell Clay who serves as the NCBA YLD’s District 9 Representative to the ABA YLD.

In the Diversity category, NCBA YLD received second-place recognition for its Implicit Bias CLE. Collin Cooper was the lead volunteer for this project as the chair of the Minority Focus Committee’s LGBT Subcommittee.

In the Service to the Public category, NCBA YLD received second-place recognition for its Young Engagement Summit. Deyaska Spencer was the lead volunteer for this project as chair of the Minority Focus Committee and will serve as the YLD State Bar Delegate for 2015-17.

In the Service to the Bar category, NCBA YLD received special recognition for the work of its Citizen Lawyer Committee, whose members interview each year’s recipients of the NCBA Citizen Lawyer Award and provide articles that are used to publicize the awards. Corrine Jones chairs the YLD Citizen Lawyer Committee, a position she has held for several years.

NCBA YLD also received second-place recognition in the Comprehensive category. Michael Wells Jr. served as chair of the YLD for 2014-15.

The ABA YLD’s Awards of Achievement Program is an opportunity for state and local young lawyer organizations affiliated with the ABA YLD to submit their best projects for evaluation and recognition by a jury of their peers.

It is designed to encourage project development by recognizing the time, effort, and skills expended by young lawyer organizations in implementing public service and bar service projects in their communities.