YPB Membership Expectations
Each member of the YPB is expected to fulfill the following four obligations:
- Initial annual contribution paid upon joining ($100 - professionals; $25 - students)
- Joining one of three main committees (Social, Outreach, and Member Engagement) and active participation in committee projects and special YPB initiatives
- Attending a minimum of 2 of the 4 quarterly membership meetings
- Attending a minimum of 2 of the 3 LAF/YPB annual fundraising events (Justice Is Served Spring Gala/LAF Annual Luncheon / YPB Autumn Affair)
YPB Member Benefits
- Inclusion on the YPB membership list on the LAF website
- Inclusion in select marketing and organizational materials distributed by LAF
- Special media recognition highlighting member accomplishments
- Opportunity to list YPB membership on firm/company bio, or resume
- Opportunities to build and expand network of professional contacts
- Opportunity to build leadership skills and assume leadership roles on the YPB
- Potential for eventual invitation to join the LAF Governing Board of Directors
Next Steps After Joining the YPB
- LAF’s staff liaison to the YPB will reach out to set up a meeting with you and a Member Steward to go over the structure of the Board and bring you up to speed on current projects and needs. You will receive the YPB handbook at this meeting.
- The YPB has a mentorship program, where newer members are linked up with veteran members. Your YPB mentor will follow up with you once you’ve met with the Steward and staff liaison, to introduce themselves and answer any additional questions you might have. As longtime members of the YPB, mentors can provide you with a wealth of information about serving on the YPB and maximizing the opportunities it offers for networking and building leadership experience. They can also help you select a Committee to join.
- All members are asked to join one of the standing Committees of the YPB. The LAF staff liaison will follow up with you and connect you with the appropriate co-chairs, who will then get you up to speed on their Committee’s specific needs.
Ready to join? The YPB welcomes new members year round – get involved now and help make a difference for LAF!
Anne Sutton, an associate at Sidley Austin LLP, specializing in technology and intellectual property, has been on the Young Professionals Board since 2009 and serves on the Executive Committee as Board Co-Chair Emeritus.
“Legal aid is important because access to quality legal assistance should not be limited by economic conditions.”
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Holly Snow, an associate at Paul Hastings LLP specializing in corporate debt and project finance, was on the Young Professionals Board since 2010 until she joined the Governing Board in 2015.
“Legal aid is important because, without it, thousands of people would have no place to go when they are wrongfully turned away from their homes, terminated by an employer or denied healthcare benefits.”
Amie Bauer, Judicial Law Clerk to Honorable Kathleen M. Pantle, has been on the LAF Board since 2017, and currently serves as Co-chair of the Outreach Committee.
I choose to support LAF because of the services it provides to women and girls. Whether the clients need to leave an abusive partner, get new housing, or switch schools, LAF lawyers and staff are there. I am proud to have volunteered with LAF and to continue to support their mission on the YPB.
Dan McElroy is an associate at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott. He has been a member of the Young Professionals Board since 2015, and serves as co-chair of the Social Committee.
“I support LAF because it provides high-quality legal services to people who would otherwise be unable to afford representation, and at crucial moments in their lives. LAF serves as the keys to the courthouse for those who need it most.”