At the annual Affiliate Outreach Conference this month, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (“YLD”) launched its new “Legal Accelerator” website. The Legal Accelerator can best be described as a “virtual mentor” that serves as a one-stop hub for obtaining advice on a variety of common issues encountered by young lawyers. This new website is housed behind The Florida Bar member portal and can only be accessed by licensed Florida attorneys.
One of the primary roles of the YLD is to assist its members in the transition from law school to law practice. Over the past several years, the YLD has focused its efforts on providing resources to help new attorneys operate in today’s ever changing and challenging legal marketplace. In doing so, the YLD has created substantial content for its members including how-to videos, webinars, basic CLEs, blog posts, and more.
The Legal Accelerator aggregates all of this previously existing content into one location. In addition to the existing content, the YLD has filmed approximately 1,000 mentoring videos covering approximately 500 topic areas. These videos, which continue to be created, have been filmed by over 100 experienced Florida practitioners, including Judges. This new website is the vision of current YLD President Zack Zuroweste. “This is the first website of its kind and will revolutionize the way in which young lawyers receive answers to a variety of questions. We want the Legal Accelerator to be the first-stop on every young lawyer’s path to solving an issue they may be facing,” said Zuroweste.
Similar to Google, the Legal Accelerator is easily searchable and organized in a user-friendly manner allowing lawyers to efficiently and effectively find answers to their questions. The content located on the Legal Accelerator is divided into five (5) main categories: 1) Professional Development; 2) Ethics & Professionalism; 3) Substantive Legal Questions; 4) The Florida Bar; and 5) Health & Wellness. Additionally, the content is labeled with multiple “clickable” descriptive tags for even easier searchability across the website.
Santo DiGangi and Andrew Pickett led the effort to create the new website as the current chairs of the Legal Accelerator Committee. “This revolutionary project could not have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of many people,” said DiGangi. “We hope that our members will utilize this cutting edge resource and benefit from the outstanding content it provides.”
The YLD plans to continue to add additional videos and content to the website throughout this year. The Legal Accelerator can be accessed through The Florida Bar member portal located at www.floridabar.org.