DAYL COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS

AID TO THE HOMELESS COMMITTEE

The Aid to the Homeless Committee assists Dallas’s homeless community by providing a community court program, where homeless people can eradicate non-violent Class C misdemeanor violations in exchange for community service. The committee also organizes volunteers to provide lunch service at The Bridge and other homeless shelters.

ANIMAL WELFARE COMMITTEE

The Animal Welfare Committee hosts a number of activities throughout the year to provide assistance to animals in shelters and to educate people about responsible pet ownership. The committee does not participate in political activism concerning animal issues, nor does it provide legal assistance.

ASK-A-LAWYER COMMITTEE

The Ask-A-Lawyer Committee provides the community with an opportunity to have legal questions answered for free. The programs are offered several times per year at locations around the DFW metroplex. The programs are not meant to provide legal representation and are meant to give answers to general legal questions and referrals to organizations or agencies that may be of further assistance.

ASSISTING LAWYERS IN TRANSITION COMMITTEE

The Assisting Lawyers in Transition Committee assists lawyers who are in transition, whether it be from law school to new lawyer or for lawyers who are in between jobs. This committee organizes events to assist with various aspects of transition.

CHARITY BALL COMMITTEE

The DAYL Charity Ball is a black-tie gala that raises money for the DAYL Foundation. The committee handles all aspects of planning, from obtaining sponsors, selling tickets, and seeking auction donations items.

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The CLE Committee of the DAYL strives to fulfill the mandatory CLE requirements as set for by the State Bar of Texas. The committee organizes the monthly CLE programs and will help identify topics of interest to young lawyers and secure speakers who will present on those topics.

DALLAS RIPPLE

Dallas Ripple brings together high school students from various backgrounds to facilitate dialogue to address issues that face each individual student and their communities.

DEAL BOOT CAMP

The Deal Boot Camp Committee organizes the Deal Boot Camp, a day-long CLE designed to educate young transactional attorneys who want to hone their transactional and deal skills. The committee will plan and execute the program from all aspects, including identifying topics and securing speakers.

ELDER LAW COMMITTEE

The Elder Law Committee works to meet the legal needs of the elderly through organizing and sponsoring various programs to educate senior citizens about their legal rights. In addition, the Committee provides valuable educational information to attorneys who represent elderly clients.

EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMITTEE

The DAYL Equal Access to Justice Committee organizes a Wine Tasting each year that benefits the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. In addition, the committee recognizes a young lawyer with the organization’s Young Lawyer Pro Bono Service Award.

FREEDOM RUN COMMITTEE

The Freedom Run Committee organizes The Freedom Run, a 5K run and one-mile walk, which raises money for the Dallas Police Association Assist the Officer Foundation and recognizes and remembers first responders and those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

GENERATION GENEROSITY COMMITTEE

The Generation Generosity Committee works to identify opportunities where DAYL members can volunteers as a group with local non-profit organizations.

JUDICIAL INTERNSHIP

The DAYL Judicial Internship Committee is responsible for planning and executing the DAYL Summer Judicial Internship Program. For 20 years, the DAYL Judicial Internship Committee has helped match law students with State and Federal Judges for summer internships. Committee member responsibilities include contacting and recruiting law schools, students, Judges, and other members of the legal community to participate in the program. Additionally, committee members develop and put on social and professional events for the benefit of both the interns and the Judges.

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

The Judiciary Committee seeks to provide interaction between members of the DAYL and members of the judiciary in the Dallas area. This is accomplished through a variety of social and substantive programming.

LAW STUDENT ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE

The Law Student Assistance Committee works with SMU, Texas A&M, and UNT Schools of Law to assist law students in many ways. It organizes programs, such as mock interviews, seminars for law students, and Swearing-In Ceremonies for newly-licensed attorneys.

LAWYER ON LOAN

The Lawyer on Loan Committee administratively handles applications for the Lawyer on Loan Program, which places young lawyers with cities and municipalities, so they can get valuable courtroom and trial experience.

LAWYERS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COMMITTEE

The Lawyers Against Domestic Violence Committee (LADV) seeks to provide support to various agencies throughout the Dallas area who aid those who have been victims of domestic violence. The committee does not handle representation since that is done through specific organizations.

LAWYERS PROMOTING DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

The Lawyers Promoting Diversity Committee works to promote diversity in the legal profession. This is accomplished through a variety of initiatives, including the annual Dinner and Dialogue program, and other programming.

MEMBERSHIP

The Membership Committee works on various projects throughout the year to promote various DAYL events and committees. Through such support, visits to law firms, and other events, the Membership Committee strives to raise participation and membership for the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.

POLITICALLY AWARE

The DAYL Politically Aware Committee works to provide DAYL members with opportunities to learn about issues facing the city. Often, this is done by identifying hot topic issues and bringing in speakers to  discuss. The committee is non-partisan.

PRO BONO PARTNERS

The Pro Bono Partners Committee encourages young lawyers to take pro bono cases. This is achieved through a partnership with several local non-profits who need pro bono attorneys. This committee doesn’t take pro bono cases specifically, but serves as a matching system between young lawyers who want to take a case and organizations that need help.

SOCIAL COMMITTEE

The Social Committee plans and organizes the monthly socials, which are typically held on the last Thursday of each month. The DAYL monthly social is a great way to interact and network with friends, both old and new.

SOLO & SMALL FIRM COMMITTEE

The Solo and Small Firm Committee provides an outlet for information important to attorneys or law students who are interested in starting their own firm. The committee promotes the introduction and exchanging of information between solo and small firm lawyers so that they can utilize each other’s resources for mutual benefit.

WOMEN’S MENTORING CIRCLES

The Women’s Mentoring Circles Committee matches, through an application process, young female lawyers and more experienced female lawyers for group mentoring experiences.

WELLNESS COMMITTEE

This committee works to promote a “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise” mentality by all young lawyers.

YOUNG IN-HOUSE LAWYERS COMMITTEE

This committee works to assist the needs of young lawyers who are in-house and does so through the implementation of CLEs that are relevant to in-house attorneys and by hosting social/networking happy hours.