YLS Committees

Kevin Parks Tyler Bellis Valerie Berg Cynthia Gaddis Mary Tollefson Troy Pickard

These committees create and manage various projects which offer tailored volunteer opportunities. Some volunteer commitments involve limited time and activity while others involve monthly participation. In addition, the YLS sponsors social activities, which are publicized in the Multnomah Lawyer newsletter.

If you are interested in getting involved in a YLS committee, call the MBA at 503.222.3275 or fill out a volunteer sign-up sheet.

There are five YLS standing committees:

Professional Development and Education Committee

This committee organizes all CLE seminars presented by the YLS and assists young lawyers in developing their careers. The non-CLE topics include contract lawyering, client development, financial planning, and setting up a practice. These seminars address the needs of attorneys in practice less than five years.

2013-14 Chair: Kevin Parks, Parks Law Offices LLC

Membership Committee

This committee plans and encourages members to participate in the YLS with activities and services designed to increase the personal and professional interaction of YLS members. The Committee sponsors the New Admittee Social, a social for third year law students, a meet-the-judges social and several additional drop-in socials held throughout the year. The committee also publishes the New Admittee Survival Guide.

2013-14 Chair: Tyler Bellis, McEwen Gisvold LLP

Pro Bono Committee

This committee encourages lawyers to donate their legal skills and time to the poor by planning projects that provide pro bono participation. The committee writes and publishes a juvenile rights handbook and a domestic violence handbook; coordinates volunteers for homeless youth programs; and sponsors a nonprofit project pairing volunteer attorneys with nonprofit organizations.

2013-14 Chair: Valerie Berg, Attorney at Law

Service to the Public Committee

This committee informs, educates and serves the general public, to improve the public image of lawyers. The committee plans and conducts Community Law Week including the YOUthFILM Project, a student film-making contest that encourages local youth to express themselves creatively, while learning more about our government and justice system. The committee coordinates the Imprint Program at local schools and provides Multnomah County Animal Services volunteer hearings officers. The committee also schedules community service days, which pairs volunteer lawyers with local nonprofits.

2013-14 Co-Chair: Cynthia Gaddis, Law Offices of Daniel Snyder
2013-14 Co-Chair: Mary Tollefson, Kramer & Associates

Futures Committee

This new committee will identify and study issues surrounding the "Generation Gap." The Committee will write articles, organize events, and develop model policies in order to help the MBA, YLS, and the local practice of law evolve smoothly and efficiently. The committee has its own web page here.

2013-14 Chair: Troy Pickard, Portland Defender