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Young Lawyers Section

Welcome to the Young Lawyers Section of the MSBA!
The purpose of the Young Lawyers Section is to provide young lawyers with education, social activities, networking opportunities, opportunities to do community service, and representation in the Maryland State Bar and American Bar Associations.

In addition to providing such opportunities for young lawyers, it is the goal of the Section to increase diversity within the entire Bar and to provide leadership opportunities to members who may not otherwise have access to such opportunities. The Section strives to provide new and innovative programs that will benefit young lawyers in Maryland and the District of Columbia personally and professionally. We try to assist new lawyers make the transition between law school and the practice of law.

View the YLS Annual Report for additional information.

REMINDER:  MSBA’s Young Lawyers Section’s Mentoring Program is looking for more Mentors!!!

Qualifications:  You must be a barred attorney in good standing (in any state), have practiced for at least 5 years, and are a YLS member.

Prospective Mentees: Maryland’s newly admitted attorneys!  They will be very grateful for your time and mentorship.

Duration of Program:  This is only a 6-month commitment and we suggest that you meet with your Mentees at least 3 times during this period.

Deadline:  January 19, 2015!

If you’re interested, please contact Ranju R. Shrestha, Chair of Mentoring, at

Applications for Officer Positions within the MSBA Section of Young Lawyers

The Nominating Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association Section of Young Lawyers is accepting applications for the following YLS positions for the 2015-2016 bar year.

  • Chair-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Applications may be made by anyone who is a member of the MSBA Section of Young Lawyers at the commencement of the upcoming bar year and who will be a member of the Section throughout the 2015-2016 bar year. Any applicant who is interested in a position may submit an application to Nathaniel K. Risch, Chair, Nominating Committee, MSBA Section of Young Lawyers, 520 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.  Applications may also be submitted via email to Angela Munro at  All applications must be received at Bar Headquarters or via email no later than the 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 15, 2015.  Applications should include a statement of interest, a resume, and a list of Bar activities.  If you have any questions, please contact either Nate Risch at 410-929-5145 or Angela Munro at 410-685-7878 extension 3016.

tenminute_tn4Don’t miss the latest installements of the Ten Minute Mentor video series, Taron Stanton discusses Discovery, and YLS Chair Carl Isler shares his Discovery Tools & Tips.

In case you missed them, Dolores Dorsainvil discusses Ethics; Marla Zide recommends Best Practices; Depositions Decoded, with Kimberly Neal; and Testimony as a Narrative, with Matthew Trollinger are available oniline!


Maryland Independent article on the December 6 Expungement Event

The Young Lawyers Section Council has approved the proposed amendments to the section's bylaws. The Proposed Bylaws are open to review of the section membership and will be voted on at the YLS Annual Meeting in June.

Proposed Bylaw Amendments