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Volunteering for a YLD committee is a great way to get involved. Below is a list of the YLD’s standing committees and a brief description of the events and projects each committee organizes. Each committee allows you to volunteer for the specific events that fit within your schedule. Committee participation is voluntary but provides an opportunity for young lawyers to work together to enrich the legal community and the Tampa Bay community at large! YLD members can also serve as a chair or vice chair to one of the below committees. Serving as a chair of a committee entails the added commitment of overseeing the planning and execution of the committee’s events or tasks.

If you are interested in joining one or more committees or serving as a chair of a committee, please complete the form at the bottom of the page, indicating your order of preference for up to three (3) committees on which you would like to serve. If you would like more information about serving as a chair or vice chair, please contact Laurie Rideout,

Professionalism & Ethics Committee: Responsible for planning, coordinating, and overseeing all professionalism or ethics-related continuing education, programming, and projects sponsored by the YLD. The primary event hosted by this committee is the YLD’s State Court Trial Seminar (typically held in May or early June each year).

Law-Related Education & Law Week Committee: Responsible for organizing and implementing various projects and events regarding law-related education and participation in Law Week activities. Projects include Law Week (Classroom Speakers, Mock Trials, Art Contest and Courthouse Tours) and the Judge Robert Simms High School Mock Trial Competition (both typically occur in March each year).   
Member Services Committee: Responsible for developing and monitoring programs to promote active membership in the YLD, and for delivering services to existing YLD members. Programs include the YLD’s participation in the Annual Judicial Pig Roast (typically held in the spring) , Coffee at the Courthouse and Judicial Shadowing Program (typically held in late January), and a Wellness Event in conjunction with The Florida Bar’s Mental Health and Wellness Month (typically held in May).  

Events Committee: Responsible for planning, coordinating, and overseeing all YLD social events, member events, sports events, and functions, including sponsorship and fundraising for these events. Events include YLD Quarterly Happy Hours, YLD Quarterly Luncheons, the Golf Tournament (typically held in November) and Cornhole for a Cause (typically held in May).

Youth Projects Committee: Responsible for planning, coordinating, and overseeing all youth-related activities and events sponsored by the YLD, including sponsorship and fundraising. Youth projects include Steak & Sports Day (typically held in April) and Holidays in the New Year.
Pro Bono Committee: Responsible for coordinating and staffing pro bono projects and activities of the YLD. The committee also provides a liaison to Bay Area Legal Services. Pro bono projects include the Family Forms Clinic and the Wills for Heroes event.       

Long-Range Planning Committee: Responsible for reviewing the bylaws and making recommended changes, considering possible committees, projects, and activities of the YLD; and making recommendations to the Board of Directors and the President. Primarily responsible for preparing annual grant applications that partially fund our events and award applications that recognize members of our legal community.

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