Held each fall, the YLD Golf Tournament is a long-standing tradition with the Young Lawyers Division. The event is attended by lawyers, judges, staff members, business professionals and anyone else who is interested in supporting the Hillsborough County Bar Association in its efforts to better serve the community. The tournament itself is a scramble format with sponsorship opportunities, followed by a casual reception with giveaways and prizes.
The YLD hosts quarterly luncheons throughout the Bar year with various speakers. These luncheons provide a great networking opportunity for YLD members and sponsors. The May quarterly luncheon is the Judicial Appreciation Luncheon and is well attended by local, state and federal judges.
Another great networking opportunity for YLD members is our many happy hours held throughout the year at various venues. YLD members get together at bars in the Tampa Bay area to mingle in a casual setting.
The State Court Trial Seminar
The State Court Trial Seminar is a 5.0 credit CLE offered annually by the HBCA YLD that provides attorneys with advice and suggestions on all aspects of a trial. The seminar is hosted by a panel of Hillsborough County judges and includes presentations by many of the top trial attorneys in Hillsborough County. Attendees are given the unique opportunity to obtain advice from some of the best trial attorneys in the field, as well as comments from judges on effective trial techniques and strategies. The seminar is followed by a happy hour for those in attendance, including the judges and seminar speakers.
Coffee at the Courthouse & Judicial Shadowing Day
Each year, volunteers from the YLD organize an early morning program where young lawyers meet circuit and county judges in the spacious chambers of the chief judge for coffee and breakfast. This event gives attorneys an opportunity to interact with members of the judiciary in an informal setting to ask questions about anything that comes to mind. The program has been enthusiastically received by the judiciary, and it is now a staple of the YLD calendar. Following Coffee at the Courthouse, YLD members spend the day shadowing judges from the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit and Hillsborough County courts. The Judicial Shadowing Program provides members of the HCBA’s Young Lawyers Division the benefit of direct interaction with the judiciary in a way that may not be otherwise available early in a young lawyer’s career.
YLD Community Projects
Holidays in January
Each year, the YLD hosts its annual Holidays in January event which brings together foster children, foster parents and young lawyers for a fun-filled day of activities and holiday gift-giving. Holidays in January brings the Tampa Bay community together. Every child leaves with a gift, and nobody leaves without a smile!
Honorable Robert J. Simms High School Mock Trial Competition
The annual Honorable Robert J. Simms High School Mock Trial Competition gathers students from across Hillsborough County to participate in a mock trial competition. Schools are invited to form a mock trial team, where students play the parts of both attorneys and witnesses. Each school has a faculty advisor, and local attorneys volunteer their time to assist as coaches. The winner from the county-wide competition moves on to represent Hillsborough County in the state-wide competition. This event gives YLD members the chance to interact with Tampa Bay students and to encourage their education in law.
Cornhole for a Cause
The Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters Tampa Bay to host Cornhole for a Cause. We register teams of young lawyers and other cornhole players from around the area for a day-long cornhole tournament fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters. No matter your skill level, you are sure to have a great time. This is a day of outdoor fun for a wonderful cause!
As members of the legal community, we have the knowledge and skill to teach others about and promote the law. The Hillsborough County Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division recognize that Law Week is an ideal platform to educate others while also honoring those who have contributed to our legal system. As part of this effort, the YLD sends legal professionals to classrooms across Hillsborough County to speak to children about the law, conduct mock trials, and coordinate informative courthouse tours. Law Week is a fun and educational event for the entire community.
Steak & Sports Day
Every year, members of the Young Lawyers Division visit a local foster home to host its annual Steak & Sports Day. This program benefits youngsters who are separated from their families. The day is filled with (as you probably guessed) sizzling steaks and a variety of sports. The sports range from fun team events to big bounce houses. The YLD aims to provide an afternoon full of fun activities, which have included rock climbing, a water slide, sports, kickball and games. Each year the YLD strives to make the event even bigger and better than the year before. Make sure to wear your tennis shoes!
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