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YLD H i g h l i g h t C o r n e r The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division – A Workhorse of The Florida Bar During this year’s Annual Convention of The Florida Bar, we were privileged to be sworn in as members of the Board of Governors of the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar (the “YLD”). Our tenure on this Board has been extremely rewarding as it has allowed us to work with bright and talented attorneys from Key West to Pensacola for the betterment of our legal community and the State of Florida. build a library of videos and webinars that provides instruction and advice on how to accomplish various legal tasks. The YLD library of “How To” videos and “Mentoring with the Masters” is quickly becoming one of the most robust collections in the nation. affecting our profession to assist all attorneys to keep abreast of changes. We have proven to be up to the challenge and remain dedicated to this cause. That is only a small fraction of the work that we do for you. We encourage all YLD This year, the YLD is continuing its support members to reach out to us, your Circuit of Florida’s young lawyers by creating representatives, and/or visit our website a website designed to provide virtual at Flayld.org for more information on the education and mentorship to every young YLD and for opportunities to get involved. We are often asked – what does the YLD lawyer in Florida. The website will aggregate The YLD truly is a great organization doing do? Simply put, the YLD is the “work horse” all of the YLD’s existing educational hard work for the good of The Florida Bar. of The Florida Bar, and we work hardest for resources in one searchable place, while you, our members, and more importantly, adding thousands of short 3-minute Stephanie Cagnet Myron, Denise Mutamba, our constituents. We do this by advocating videos answering common questions and Santo DiGangi are elected members for, educating, and serving Florida young young lawyers have regarding professional of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division lawyers. development, ethics, The Florida Bar, and Board of Governors for the 15th Judicial substantive legal matters, to create a virtual Circuit. Stephanie is the founder of Cagnet The YLD is an important engine of The hallway of instant mentoring advice. Myron Law, P.A., a victim’s rights law Florida Bar that, among other things, firm in Palm Beach County. Denise is an produces top-notch programming, The YLD is also in the forefront of effectuating attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Palm provides support for attorneys beginning change in our profession. Some of the most Beach County where she works on the their careers, and stimulates involvement important work that we do is to advocate for Fair Housing Project. Santo is an attorney and interest in the over 26,000 members young lawyers. The YLD’s diversity efforts at Critton, Luttier & Coleman, LLP where of The Florida Bar below the age of 36 or earned attention from across the country as he practices commercial litigation and who have been practicing for five years or its Pipeline Initiative Diversity Symposium personal injury. To learn more about the less. While it is impossible to mention all - which seeks to motivate, encourage, and Florida Bar YLD, please visit https://flayld. of the initiatives of the YLD in the limited help high school, college, and law students org. space provided, a few of the programs are enter our profession - received a national highlighted below. award from the American Bar Association. One of the primary roles of the YLD is to assist its members in the transition from law school to law practice. Historically, this responsibility has included administering the Practicing with Professionalism seminars that are required for all first-year attorneys, as well as the Basic Skills CLE courses that must be completed within the first three years of practice. Through our efforts, these courses are now offered online as a convenience to you, eliminating the mandatory in-person attendance requirement. Just recently, the YLD impressed upon the The Florida Bar Board of Governors the importance of the proposed Parental Leave Continuance Rule for all young lawyers. With our assistance, that groundbreaking rule was passed by the Board of Governors with unanimous support. Additionally, the results of a poll conducted by the YLD’s Women in the Profession committee - which revealed that 43 percent of female lawyer respondents had experienced gender bias - garnered national attention and fueled a YLD effort to support and recognize the achievements of women in The YLD has also focused its efforts the profession. This effort continues today on providing resources to help new and will continue to lead to positive changes attorneys operate in today’s challenging for women in the legal field. legal marketplace. For instance, the YLD recently launched a comprehensive The YLD also remains on the cutting edge website providing information on of technology, the rapid growth of which how to start a Florida law firm – www. necessitates the need for lawyers to stay startmyfloridalawfirm.com. There, you up to date. The Florida Bar looks to the YLD will find all of the basics you need to to stay in front of the changing technology launch your own firm, including tips on how to incorporate your new firm for free! PALMBEACHBAR.ORG The YLD is also continuing to compile and 14 SANTO DIGANGI DENISE MUTAMBA STEPHANIE CAGNET MYRON