The Young Lawyers

By CBA/ABC National Students 2012

Connect with young lawyers and benefit from resources that will help make you a better lawyer

The Young Lawyers

The Young Lawyers — Canadian Bar Asso­cia­tion (YL-CBA) is a common interest group of the CBA made up of members who are under the age of 40 or who have been called to the Bar for 10 years or less. 

The YL-CBA’s mandate is to promote the interests of young lawyers, who make up approximately 40 per cent of the CBA’s membership.

As a member, what does YL-CBA do for you?

Helps you take the next step in your career. 
Looking to make partner — or wondering if partnership is right for you? Or maybe you’ve just been named partner, but aren’t sure of the next steps to take. YL-CBA’s Partnership Toolkit has tips, articles, podcasts, and self-assessment tools to help you advance your career. Visit www.cba.org/cba/ partnership/.

Supports the need for professional and personal balance.
YL-CBA established an online Work/Life Balance Resource Centre, which includes a wealth of key info from around the web on subjects such as balancing work and family, running a virtual practice, and job satisfaction. Check it out at www.cba.org/cba/practicelink/balance_main/. 

As well, YL-CBA has joined forces with the Equality Committee to examine ways that federal EI parental benefits can be im­proved, and the impact these benefits have on lawyers’ careers, especially in terms of partnership opportunities. 

Recognizes the importance of giving back to the community.
YL-CBA sponsors its annual Pro Bono Award to recognize deserving young lawyers who make outstanding contributions to the profession and their communities through pro bono legal work. As well, YL-CBA promotes pro bono involvement at the Branch level through meetings with local YL leaders. To learn more about the award and Branch pro bono activities, visit www.cba.org/CBA/YoungLawyers/.

Offers accredited in-person and online PD, tailored to your interests. 
Every summer, YL-CBA hosts its Winning Advocacy Skills PD program at the Canadian Legal Conference. This popular program focuses on skills improvement through demonstrations by experienced counsel, followed by critiques by judges. This fall, YL-CBA will host its first online PD program on ethics and social media. Check out www. cba.org/pd for more info.

Connects with Canada’s law students.
To promote the many benefits of CBA membership to a new generation of law­yers, YL-CBA will launch a new initiative to visit with law students across the country starting in 2013. Stay tuned to www.cba.org for more details. 

To learn how to get involved in YL activities, contact your local CBA Branch via www.cba.org/ CBA/branches
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