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Young Professionals Council

 
The Young Professionals Council (YPC) is a governing and working Council that helps to facilitate opportunities for young professionals to network and develop leadership skills in the years to come. The YPC is composed of up to fifteen AHLA young professional members who have been in practice less than ten (10) years. YPC members are appointed for one-year terms by the AHLA President-Elect, following a nomination and application procedure. Council members are selected to represent a broad range of geographic, practice, and demographic diversity. Each member is expected to take responsibility for representing AHLA and its young professional members​.

Young Professional Council Member Duties​

YPC members are responsible for overseeing and contributing to the operation of the Council. Each member is responsible for maintaining the commitment to AHLA’s mission by providing opportunities for young professionals to connect with their peers and AHLA leadership through networking events, mentoring, and social media. In addition, YPC members are tasked with actively encouraging young professional members’ participation in, and contribution to, the Association’s activities, events, programs, and publications. YPC members also help to encourage and promote participation in AHLA’s Practice Groups by young professional members. The YPC members offer guidance to the AHLA Board of Directors and to Practice Group leadership on recruitment, retention and engagement of young professionals and helps to identify ways in which AHLA can measure its success in these endeavors.

Commitment of Time and Effort​

The YPC is a working council. Each YPC member is expected to be actively engaged with Council activities, initiatives, and ongoing projects to benefit the Association.
YPC members are required to attend an in-person meeting of the Council, which is held during the Association’s Annual Meeting in the summer. In addition, members must commit to attend additional conference calls of the entire YPC, typically held quarterly. Meetings run approximately two hours. Members are expected to review and be familiar with YPC meeting materials prior to attending in-person and telephonic meetings to enable each member to actively participate and contribute to YPC deliberations. Meeting materials are circulated prior to each meeting.

The YPC is a working council. Each YPC member is expected to be actively engaged with Council activities, initiatives, and ongoing projects to benefit the Association. YPC members are required to attend an in-person meeting of the Council, which is held during the Association’s Annual Meeting in the summer. In addition, members must commit to attend additional conference calls of the entire YPC, typically held quarterly. Meetings run approximately two hours. Members are expected to review and be familiar with YPC meeting materials prior to attending in-person and telephonic meetings to enable each member to actively participate and contribute to YPC deliberations. Meeting materials are circulated prior to each meeting. YPC members also provide input to Practice Groups and Task Forces. All YPC members are expected to participate in, contribute to, and often lead, YPC initiatives and projects. As a result, this necessitates attendance at and participation in conference calls, collaboration and coordinator with other YPC members, Practice Group and Task Force leadership, and other AHLA leaders to advance projects and goals, and to meet deadlines. Projects may include drafting articles for publication in the AHLA Connections magazine, participation in a pro bono project, coordinating and/or attending networking events, organizing or speaking on a webinar, participating in mentoring activities, and providing guidance and input to Practice Group and Task Force leadership. On average, YPC members spend approximately five to ten per month on their YPC commitments. While time commitments can vary, it is essential that YPC members fully commit to engaging, participating and contributing to the Council’s work in order for the YPC to continue to achieve its goals. Members of the YPC are active participants in the Young Professionals Community, an online forum and discussion list.  
 
Members of the YPC are active participants in the Young Professionals Community, an online forum and discussion list. 
 
What are examples of events and resources the YPC planned and organized in the past?
  • Networking events for young professionals and law students throughout the country;
  • Brown bag webinars pertinent to issues confronting young professionals and students;
  • Development of career and professional resources, including the Young Professionals Toolkit;
  • Features in the AHLA Connections magazine including the ‘10/3 Interviews Series’ (ten questions asked of three AHLA members about their career journey), conversations with AHLA’s Pro Bono Champions, and other contributions;
  • The new resource in AHLA’s Public Interest Series – Legal and Operational Guide for Free Medical Clinics;
  • Supporting community health clinics by providing updated forms and documents; and 
  • Young professional community outreach and education through discussion lists, online AHLA Community and social media;
Young Professionals Council Members and Staff Liason

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Get involved in AHLA Leadership

  • Call for leaders for our Board, Nominating, and other Committees and Councils are usually posted beginning in November of each year, continuing into the spring.

  • Practice Groups offer numerous opportunities, such as writing for newsletters, member briefings, or speaking opportunities for Distance Learning events.

  • Learn more about the Practice Groups' Leadership Development Programs (LDP).

  • Submit a proposal to speak at one of our in-person programs.

  • Write a brief piece about a hot topic for the AHLA Weekly, AHLA Connections, or submit a proposal for a lengthy piece in the Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law.

  • Volunteer today!

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