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ABA Young Lawyers Division Scholarship Program: Deadline to Apply is April 30

In NLLSA, Scholarships on March 22, 2011 by NLLSA Chair, 2010-2011

The following is information about the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division’s Scholarship Program. The deadline to apply for this program is April 30, 2011:

The Program

The ABA YLD Scholarship Program is designed to encourage the participation of minority, solo/small firm, government, private sector, and military service attorneys in the Young Lawyers Division. A priority will be given to those applicants who express a desire to become actively involved with the ABA YLD and require financial assistance.

The program consists of:

  • Per the Division’s financial policy, scholars will receive partial funding to attend the Fall Conference (October 13-15, 2011, Seattle, WA), ABA Midyear Meeting (February 2-4, 2012, New Orleans, LA), and Spring Conference (May 3-5, 2012, Nashville, TN): round-trip airfare up to $350; $20 ground transportation; and $100 per diem (for two days)
  • Appointment to and active participation in one of the YLD boards or teams.
  • Mentoring

What is expected of scholars:

  • Attendance at the YLD Fall Conference, ABA YLD Midyear Meeting, and the YLD Spring Conference
  • Scholars must attend scheduled programming on Friday and Saturday of each meeting
  • Produce a written piece (i.e. 101/201 article, resolution for consideration at the YLD Assembly)
  • Assist on projects that may be assigned

Scholarship Categories

  • General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Practitioners
  • Government, Military and Public Sector Lawyers
  • Minorities in the Profession

Program Length

One Bar Year (September 1 – August 31)

Eligibility

To be eligible, a scholar must be a “young lawyer,” which is defined as any licensed attorney who is under the age of thirty-six or who has been licensed for no more than five years at the start of the scholarship year (September 1). Applicants for this scholarship program should be ABA YLD-eligible lawyers who fall within at least one of the scholarship areas. There is no requirement that applicants be presently involved with a local ABA YLD affiliate. Although applications will be accepted from non-ABA members, any person chosen as a scholarship recipient must be an ABA member before receiving assistance. In addition, anyone receiving a scholarship must be present at all three funded conferences.

Guidelines

The selection will be based on the individual’s achievement, commitment to the organized bar and the Young Lawyers Division mission and goals and financial need. Scholars will be required to attend the Division’s Spring and Fall Conferences and the ABA Midyear Meeting during the bar year.

2011-2012 Deadlines

  • April 30, 2011: Deadline for all applications and supporting material
  • August 1, 2011: Scholars selected and all applicants will be notified of outcome

Applications

A completed online application form – which includes:

  • An application letter outlining why you would like to become involved in the ABA YLD
  • A biography
  • A resume

Two to four letters of recommendation. Examples include letters from current or former employers and fellow practitioners.

If you have any questions, contact YLD Program Associate, Renee Lugo, at 312-988-5626.

Criteria

The Review Committee is made up of ABA Young Lawyers Division members. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate financial need and clearly express a strong desire to remain actively involved. Successful applicants will demonstrate a history of bar involvement, public service, and professional excellence.

The Review Committee will also consider the following based on the applicant’s letter of intent:

  • Initiative – Has the applicant displayed initiative in the past or currently in community and professional activities? Does the applicant possess leadership potential?
  • Financial Need – Does the applicant demonstrate a need for financial assistance in order to attend ABA YLD Conferences?
  • Attendance – Does the applicant affirmatively state he/she will attend the three YLD Conferences?
  • Communication – Are the ideas expressed in the letter of intent communicated clearly?
  • Special Circumstances – Has the applicant overcome any unusual challenges or obstacles?
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