YLD Community Service Projects
BAMSL YLD teams up with FOX 2 TV to sponsor the Call-A-Lawyer program. On the third Tuesday of each month from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM, volunteer attorneys staff the telephones at Channel 2 to answer a wide variety of legal questions from television viewers. The phones ring non-stop throughout each program period. Call-A-Lawyer is always interested in recruiting new volunteers to participate in the program. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Talmage Newton at 314/621-3136. This program is such a positive image for the bar and the profession, as it provides advice to callers or puts them in touch with the resource/program already in place to assist them with their legal problems.
Read Across America
Read Across America celebrates the birthday of Dr. Seuss and encourages kids to enjoy reading. Read Across America occurs annually on Dr. Seuss' birthday. In addition to encouraging reading, the program provides positive interaction between children and attorneys. Lawyers and law students volunteer to go into the St. Louis City Public School District's elementary schools to talk about being an attorney and the importance of reading, while reading Dr. Seuss books to the kids. Every volunteer leaves with a tremendous feeling of having helped area kids and feeling the children's appreciation, all while having a really fun time in the process. This year, we hope to continue to increase the number of volunteers participating. Anyone interested in volunteering for Read Across America should contact Ted Eckelkamp at 314/421-4134.
Monthly Happy Hours and Social Events
The venue and participants may change from month to month, but YLD's monthly happy hours and social events are a great way to meet other young lawyers in a casual social setting.
Annual Law Clerks Luncheon
An annual luncheon for law clerks typically held at BAMSL headquarters during the month of July and featuring special guest speakers.
Annual Family Picnic
Held during the summer, the annual family picnic is a great way for young lawyers and their families to make new friends.
Welcome to the Bar Reception for New Attorneys
Held twice a year, new attorneys are invited to attend this YLD-sponsored event where they are sworn in and receive timely and priceless advice from judges and bar leaders. A reception follows.
John C. Shepherd Professionalism Award
Each year BAMSL and its YLD honors the BAMSL young lawyer who best exemplifies BAMSL's tenets of professionalism by awarding him or her the John C. Shepherd Professionalism Award. A selection committee including examines the qualifications of the nominees. The award is presented annually at the Law Day Luncheon.
Teens Speak Out!
Teens Speak Out! (TSO) is a program that gives St. Louis area high school students an opportunity to present proposals for community change based on the issues students feel most strongly effect them as teenagers and high school students. A panel of distinguished community leaders then critiques the presentations and the students' proposals for change. Participating schools are provided with a volunteer attorney coach (VAC). The VAC meets regularly with students at a designated facility (usually the school) to help with research, organization, and presentation in the weeks before the forum. During the forum, each team gives a 15 minute presentation before other student participants and community leaders. After each presentation, panelists ask questions, testing the students' knowledge of the issues and the likelihood of positive change. Students then have a final opportunity to defend their position.
Motion for Kids
Motion for Kids is BAMSL's largest volunteer outreach/community service program. Members of the St. Louis legal community buy gifts for a child who either has a parent in prison or is in foster care. In all, approximately 3,000 children receive invitations to the holiday party held at the Edward Jones Dome, where children enjoy games, photos with Santa, Rams football players and cheerleaders, and lots of entertainment, all through the volunteerism and generous spirit of the St. Louis legal community.
YLD Trial Advocacy Competition
The YLD Trial Institute was created to afford St. Louis young lawyers the opportunity to hone their trial skills in a real world setting. The Mock Trial competition is held in February at a federal courthouse and participants are evaluated by judges and senior members of the bar. Local law students serve as jurors for the half-day trials. Ten two-person teams from a cross section of law firms participate in the competition. In addition to gaining valuable trial experience and knowledge about the aspects of trial, participants earn CLE credit for their participation. For more information, contact Alex Braitberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.