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YO U N G L AW Y E R S D I V I S I O N Bar offers resources for young lawyers I n March I had the pleasure of attending The Florida Bar YLD Board of Governors’ out-of-state meeting, held this year in Dallas, Texas. It was great meeting with fellow Governors, and I was able to spend a lot of time discussing and brainstorming ways to inform our local YLD members about the resources available through The Florida Bar. We also had the chance to visit the George W. Bush Presiden- tial Library and Museum (includ- ing a life-size replica of the Oval Office!), as well as The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, dedicated to the life and memory of John F. Kennedy. We also had dinner with Texas Bar President Frank Stevenson and Past Texas Bar President Harriet Miers, who discussed the similarities and historic ties between the Texas and Florida Bars, as well as the ethi- cal representation of clients. One of my goals this year has been to help inform my fellow local YLD members about the oppor- tunities and resources available through The Florida Bar. To that end, I encourage you to come out to the Quick Chat at Cinebistro on April 13. The YLD normally holds this event every two years, and it is a fantastic chance to market with and meet other young lawyers in a fast-paced and fun format. I am also happy to announce that for the first time, we will be having a guest speaker at this year’s Quick Chat. Zack Zuroweste, President-Elect of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division will be presenting opening remarks about The Florida Bar YLD. I invite you to come out to what will surely be a great evening. YLD PRESIDENT’S COLUMN Jesse R. Butler, Esq. Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. Speaking of Florida Bar programs available to assist YLD members, did you know about Lawyers Advis- ing Lawyers? Lawyers Advising Lawyers (LAL) is a free, peer-to-peer service of The Florida Bar through its Young Lawyers Division, giving members across the state access to veteran attorneys who can help answer procedural and substantive legal questions across more than 60 practice areas! You can even request assistance on non-substantive areas of the law, such as legal technology or legal organizations. LAL is super easy to use. If you have a question, or need just a little help about a legal issue or an aspect of your practice, just log in to www.lawyersadvisin- glawyers.com to be matched with a more experienced attorney in your practice area. With a 48-hour turn around, you will be able to call or email the attorney for help and information, and hopefully make an invaluable connection. If you have at least five years of experience in the area of counsel, you can earn up to five CLE credits per year simply by registering to provide advice through LAL to other young lawyers. This is a tremendous, but little known, resource that I urge you to take advantage of. For young lawyers thinking of venturing out on their own, there is absolutely no better resource than The Florida Bar YLD’s How to Start Your Own Law Firm website, at www.startmyfloridalawfirm.com . Starting a law firm can be a daunting task, but with this website, The Flor- ida Bar YLD has made it as simple as following a basic step-by-step guide, covering aspects covering corporate structure, to business generation, to law firm technology, and many other subjects. Launched in May 2016, the website has won accolades, including a national award from the ABA for service to the bar, and has become a model for bar associations around the country. For anyone even think- ing about starting a law firm, this is the definitive resource. These are just a couple of the resources out there available to YLD members. Please register and come out on April 13 to the Quick Chat to learn even more. Join us for a Speed Networking Event! Thursday, April 13, 5:15 – 7:30 p.m. Cinebistro, Westfield Southgate C ome meet new and old friends at this great speed network- ing event! Over the course of the evening, you will enjoy lively one-on-one discussions with other young lawyers practicing in a variety of areas. This is a fabulous opportunity to expand your refer- ral base and learn about others’ practices in a casual and fun envi- ronment. Attendees will be treated to tasty appetizers and happy hour drink specials. Register online at www.saraso- tabar.com. Sponsored by LEFT: Docket co-editor Rob Young, Dana Keane, and Jim Toale enjoy the YLD St. Patrick’s Day Party at The Shamrock. RIGHT: Rob Young looks festive in his St. Patrick’s Day orange with YLD immediate past president, Adam Portnow. The Docket · April 2017 7