YLD Committees

Bar Admissions Ceremony
The Fall and Spring Bar Admission Ceremonies are sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division. The induction ceremony enables new attorneys to be admitted to practice in all state trial courts, the Mississippi Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 

Bylaws
The Bylaws Committee continually reviews the bylaws to insure they are current, relevant, and reflective of the YLD and is responsible for providing suggested interpretation of bylaw application and drafting amendments for presentment to the YLD Board.

Child Advocacy
The Child Advocacy Committee focuses on legal issues concerning children.

Communications
This committee will focus on how to get young lawyers involved in YLD and the legal community.
 
Disaster Legal Assistance
The Disaster Legal Assistance Committee coordinates emergency legal assistance for victims of natural disasters.

Diversity in the Law
The Diversity in the Law Committee encourages minority members to participate in Young Lawyer Division activities and promote minority involvement in the legal profession with college undergraduates and law students throughout the year.

Lawyer in Every MS Classroom
Lawyer in Every Mississippi Classroom is a program sponsored annually by The Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division. This program offers classrooms throughout Mississippi a visit from a lawyer during the school year. Any teacher, Kindergarten through 12th grade, is invited to have a lawyer visit for one class period (approximately 55 minutes).

Local Affiliates
The Local Affiliates Committee is compromised of the presidents of the local affiliate organizations across the state.

Long Range Planning
The Long Range Planning Committee is responsible for developing and amending the division's Long Range Plan, which sets out the future goals and objectives for the YLD.

High School Mock Trial
The High School Mock Trial Committee provides educational litigation experience to Mississippi high school students by sponsoring regional and statewide mock trial competitions and sending the state champion team to the National High School Mock Trial competition. Lawyers, judges and teachers throughout the state get involved in all levels of the competition as coaches, judges and committee members.

Nominations, Elections & Awards
The Nominations, Elections & Awards Committee solicits nominations and selects persons to run for a position on the YLD Board of Directors. This Committee also accepts nominations for the annual Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, which is voted on by the YLD Board of Directors.

Prison Dogs
The Prison Dogs Committee is working to implement Prison Dogs programs across the state. Prison Dogs is a program where offenders train dogs for service work and then the dogs are placed with suitable families or persons with disabilities.

Public Service
The Public Service Committee works to coordinate Wills for Heroes events across Mississippi. Wills for Heroes is a pro bono program created by the Wills for Heroes Foundation and works nationwide with affiliate organizations to provide free estate planning documents to America's first responders. Local attorneys volunteer their time to execute free Wills, Powers of Attorney and Healthcare Directives for first responders. Wills for Heroes events truly allow Mississippi lawyers to give back to the individuals who put their lives on the line every day for the people living in their communities.

Seminars
The Seminars Committee plans and implements a series of live CLE teleconferences and seminars throughout the year, including the Bridge the Gap CLE Seminar.

Solo and Small Firm Practitioners
This committee will focus on issues facing solo and small firm practitioners.