New Long Range Plan Adopted

Every five years, the YLD evaluates and revises its Long Range Plan. Under the leadership of Long Range Planning Committee Chair Stacie Winkler, the members of the committee undertook such a revision during the 2013-2013 bar year. The committee presented the new plan to the YLD Board at its summer meeting last month in Nashville. Major changes from the 2008 plan are summarized below. Questions about the changes or the plan in general should be directed to Winkler at (901) 545-7089 or swinkler@the-med.org.

  • A greater focus on helping young lawyers find meaningful employment in addition to achieving long-term career satisfaction given the current economic challenges facing the profession.
  • Refocusing efforts to promote professionalism and ethical conduct in light of the TBA's Transitional Legal Education program, which is now an integral part of the court admissions process. With the addition of this in-person program, the YLD intends to focus its efforts on finding ways to use technology throughout the year to promote professionalism and ethical conduct among young lawyers.
  • Recognizing that a number of initiatives aimed at promoting diversity in the profession have been accomplished, while committing to explore new ideas to grow and expand these efforts in the future.
  • Provide greater flexibility for future presidents to implement service projects that meet the needs of the membership and the community at that time.
  • A new goal of conducting an in-depth review of the YLD's most cost intensive programs, developing plans for reducing costs and exploring partnerships with legal and non-legal funding sources.