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.
BOLTON BALL COMMITTEE
The DAYL Bolton 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.
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.
EXPANDING PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS COMMITTEE
The Expanding Professional Interests 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LAWYERS SERVING CHILDREN COMMITTEE
The Lawyers Serving Children Committee focuses on issues and projects that benefit child-related causes in the Dallas community and promoting and creating social events for Dallas attorneys and their families.
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.
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.
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.
TRIAL SKILLS COMMITTEE
The Trial Skills Committee organizes the Trial Skills Boot Camp and other CLEs that provide experiential learning for young lawyers by following a fact-pattern and providing an opportunity for young lawyers to practice a skill (e.g. opening statement, voir dire) and receive valuable feedback by seasoned attorneys and judges.
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.
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.