Young Professionals Spotlight: Columbus Bar Association New Lawyer Committee

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Each month, the Columbus Chamber spotlights a local young professional or professional organization to showcase what they offer, how to get involved and when to check out their next event. For the month of September, the Columbus Bar Association New Lawyer Committee is featured.

When and why was the Columbus Bar Association New Lawyer Committee founded?
The New Lawyer Committee has existed for decades and was created to give new attorneys an avenue to learn more about the city, the legal community and the bar.

Why become a member?
The Columbus Bar provides a broad array of opportunities for networking, professional development and community service. The New Lawyer Committee is a great place to meet other attorneys and get involved with Columbus’ vibrant legal community.

What are some successes or cool facts about the Columbus Bar Association New Lawyer Committee?
The New Lawyer Committee is the largest committee of the Columbus Bar Association with over one thousand members. It hosts an annual lunch with the Common Pleas and Municipal Court judges where young lawyers can interact with the judges in small groups. We also have service opportunities like Street Legal, an outreach program where new lawyers meet with disadvantaged teens in a Columbus recreation center to educate the teens about their legal rights and obligations.

The Bar recently created Columbus Bar inc: A Professional Development Center designed to offer new lawyers valuable experience and ongoing education to help build their professional career, develop sound business management skills and engender high ethical standards. The “inc” in the name of the program is short for “incubator” – a program intended to accelerate the successful development of new lawyers in an environment that provides an array of business support resources. These new attorneys receive extensive training on subjects such as client intake, billing practices, law office management, marketing, case management, discovery and other practice-related topics. The program also provides on-site mentors and participants receive referrals from the Lawyer Referral Service and Lawyers for Justice Program.

Tell me about your upcoming events.
We will be co-hosting an event at the November 10 Columbus Blue Jackets game with the CPA Young Professional Group. We also have monthly networking happy hours and breakfasts.

How do I become a member?
You can visit http://www.cbalaw.org/ to join the Bar Association and register for the committee.

Where can I go to learn more about the Columbus Bar Association New Lawyer Committee?
Feel free to contact current committee co-chairperson Christy Prince at cprince@keglerbrown.com to get involved.  You can also visit http://www.cbalaw.org/ or come to an event as a guest of a current Columbus Bar member.

To learn about nearly 60 other local YP and professional organizations, view the Columbus Chamber's directory of YP and professional organizations.