Congratulations on passing the bar exam! As a newly admitted attorney in Western Pennsylvania, joining the Young Lawyers Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association is one of the best investments you can make in yourself and in your career – and it’s all free to join your first year.
Who is in the YLD? When you join the Allegheny County Bar Association, if you have been practicing for ten (10) years or less, you automatically become a member of the YLD.
What does the YLD have to offer? The YLD provides young lawyers with unparalleled access to networking opportunities, both with peers and with more senior members of the legal community. The YLD also provides professional development and mentorship opportunities, direct access to many public service initiatives, and continuing legal education programs. Finally, the YLD regularly hosts fun, social events and activities in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania.
Three Ways to Get Involved in the YLD
1. Join a Committee: The best way to get involved in the YLD is to attend monthly committee meetings. The meetings are very relaxed, they are open to all, and lunch is provided! Committee members brainstorm, plan, and execute the various events and programs that the YLD puts on each year. Whether you are interested in helping plan an educational event, a public service initiative, or simply socializing with peers, there is a YLD committee for you. Getting to know committee members at a meeting is an excellent way to network and move your career forward, or simply to make a new friend in the legal community. A full list of the YLD’s committees (and their meeting schedules and locations) can be found on the backside of this page.
2. Attend an Event: The YLD hosts networking, educational, and public service events almost every month. These events include everything from structured speed-networking and lunch-and-learn CLEs to charitable drives and laidback happy hours. The YLD has hosted social and charitable events at museums and art galleries, PNC Park and Heinz Field, local restaurants, bars, and breweries, as well as numerous city parks. The YLD aims to offer a wide variety of events so you can have fun while getting to know other young lawyers.
3. Get on the List: Upon joining the ACBA, you will automatically be signed up for the weekly YLD e-newsletter, called “the Sidebar,” which will keep you up to date on everything going on with the YLD. We can’t wait to meet you.