About Us

CURRENT BOARD OF GOVERNORS

PREVIOUS BOARD OF GOVERNORS

WE ARE DRIVEN BY OUR VISION

The Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar has over 26,000 members. All lawyers under age 36 and new Florida Bar members for the first 5 years in good standing are automatically members.

The purpose of the Young Lawyers Division is to stimulate and encourage the interest and participation of division members in the purposes of The Florida Bar. The YLD provides a full and complete program of activities and projects designed to be of interest and assistance to members, and to engage in such activities as shall tend to further the best interests of the legal profession.

The YLD is engaged in numerous programs that benefit The Florida Bar, young lawyers and the general public. For example, the YLD has responsibility within The Florida Bar for providing basic level continuing legal education opportunities, including the Practicing with Professionalism program, which all new members of The Florida Bar are required to attend.

Our Purpose
The purpose of the Young Lawyers Division is to stimulate and encourage the interest and participation of division members in the purposes of The Florida Bar. The YLD provides a full and complete program of activities and projects designed to assist members and further the legal profession, and design and updates the basic skills courses required of all young lawyers.

Staff Contact
Thomas V. Miller, tmiller@flabar.org.

Membership Information
All members receive publications, are encouraged to participate in the committees, and are offered an opportunity to network with legal professionals with similar interests. All under-36 lawyers and new Florida Bar members for the first 5 years in good standing are automatically members.

WHY CHOOSE US?

WHO WE ARE

The Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar has over 25,000 members made up of lawyers age 36 and under, as well as new Florida Bar members for the first 5 years.

OUR PURPOSE

To stimulate and encourage the interest and participation of division members in the purposes of The Florida Bar. We provide a full and complete program of activities and projects designed to be of interest and assistance to members in furthering the best interests of the legal profession.

MEMBERSHIP

All members receive publications, are encouraged to participate in committees, and are offered an opportunity to network with legal professionals with similar interests. All under-36 lawyers and new Florida Bar members for the first 5 years in good standing are automatically members.

OUR PURPOSE

  • Assist The Florida Bar in its purposes;
  • Encourage interest in and participation;
  • Provide a program of activities and projects designed to be of interest and assistance to division members;
  • Coordinate activities and serve as a medium for fostering discussion and free interchange of ideas relative to the duties, responsibilities, and problems of division members;
  • Enhance the image and reputation of the legal profession and The Florida Bar;
  • Serve the public, particularly those persons outside the legal profession, through state-wide and local community projects and activities.

OUR MISSION

EDUCATE:

100%

ADVOCATE:

100%

CONNECT:

100%

SERVE:

100%

EDUCATE

  • Basic skills CLE/PWP.
  • Topical issues.
  • Professionalism.
  • Enhancement of quality of life.
  • Grievance Process.
  • Involvement with The Florida Bar.

ADVOCATE

  • Reviewing and responding to issues raised by The Florida Bar Board of Governors (“BOG”) relevant to the YLD and its affiliates.
  • Sponsoring or forwarding issues raised by the YLD or its affiliates to the BOG.
  • Raising awareness of issues relevant to the whole Florida Bar and reviewing its impact on the YLD.
  • Issues of public importance.

CONNECT

  • Providing programming and other opportunities to connect young lawyers, law students, and the greater legal community.

SERVE

  • Promote voluntary Bar and Section membership (inform as to opportunities).
  • Promote and sponsor community service and activism.

Anisha Patel
President

Hill Ward Henderson
Tampa, FL
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Ashlea Edwards
President-Elect

Akerman
Jacksonville, FL
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Iris A. Elijah
Immediate Past President

FIU Office of the General Counsel
Miami, FL
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