LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Soon after admission to the bar, every lawyer realizes that balancing work, personal life, and community obligations is challenging at the best of times. But, many do so successfully, and Emerging Legal Leaders is one way to achieve that balance.
During my first year out of law school, I was impressed by the judge whom I clerked for, who made time in his busy schedule every month to participate in national non-profit legal organizations. So inspired, it happened that I was serendipitously led by a friend to an event hosted by the Emerging Legal Leaders, and shortly thereafter found myself applying to be on the ELL Executive Committee. Now, as the Chair of ELL, I want to take this opportunity to explain why I am passionate about what ELL does, and am enthused by the way it does it.
ELL seeks out lawyers who have been in practice for less than ten years in an effort to engage these new attorneys in the mission of And Justice For All, which it does by providing networking opportunities, assisting in professional development, and raising awareness of access to justice issues. Even better, the Emerging Legal Leaders hosts one-of-a kind events, like ELL’s end of summer barbeque with sitting judges and its Mario Kart tournament, to raise sorely needed funds for “And Justice For All”, which turns every $1 spent into $7.29 in legal services for the most vulnerable among us.
Through ELL, I have had opportunities not only to meet attorneys practicing in areas far different than mine, but I have developed skills I could not have honed through my legal practice. Most importantly, I have come to understand how a small commitment of my time can make a huge difference in the lives of those who would not ordinarily have access to legal counsel when they need it most. And, that’s exactly what ELL can do for you, too.
I encourage all newly-minted attorneys to become an Emerging Legal Leader, as a way to network, acquire new and valuable skills, but most importantly, as a way to give back to the community. Even a small gift of time or money can make a huge difference.
Lauren DeVoe, Chair, Emerging Legal Leaders