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YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION

The YLD’s purpose shall be to further the Association’s goals and purposes, while representing lawyers in the Association under the age of 36 or practicing less than 8 years (“young lawyer”) and law student members of the Association.

KEYS TO SUCCESS PIPELINE PROGRAM

The purpose of the Keys to Success Pipeline Program shall be to provide mentorship and training to African-American high school students with low-income families. The Program shall seek to improve the students’ understanding of the law and encourage them to pursue a career in the law.

COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Community Affairs Committee shall be to interact positively with the community for its betterment. The Committee shall initiate law-related community education programs and advocacy programs. The Committee shall have responsibility for public relations and obtaining publicity and recognition in the community for activities of the Association and noteworthy achievements of individual members of the Association.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

The Membership Committee shall be responsible for increasing the membership of the Association through membership campaigns directed at the law schools in the St. Louis Metropolitan area; innovative and attractive advertising to promote the Association and its advantages to the minority members of the legal profession in the St. Louis Metropolitan area; and designing special appeals for life or other special membership categories to increase our membership level to provide financial stability and income to the Association. The Committee shall prepare its material in consultation with the President. The Committee shall plan the Annual November Social, which shall be intended as a membership drive event. The Committee shall see that at least two mass appeals for members are made each year, one of which can be the November Social. The Committee shall provide for refreshments to be present at monthly meetings.

SCHOLARSHIP DINNER COMMITTEE

The Scholarship Dinner Committee shall plan and put on the Annual Scovel Richardson Scholarship Dinner. The Committee shall solicit donations (both in-kind and financial) and sponsorships from both within the legal community and outside of the legal community. The Committee shall endeavor to sell tickets to the dinner to folks both within the legal community and outside of the legal community. The Committee shall choose a date to be on a Saturday near the end of June and a venue for the dinner. The Committee shall facilitate nominations for the Annual Community Service and Legal Service Awards. The Committee shall secure entertainment and a photographer for the event. The Committee shall coordinate the theme and activities with the President of the Association, including the President’s Reception. The main purpose of this event is to raise funds for the Mound City Bar Foundation in order to provide scholarship(s) to area law students. The Committee shall work with the Mound City Bar Foundation Board of Directors in the planning and execution of the dinner.

CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS COMMITTEE

The Constitution and Bylaws Committee shall be responsible for an annual review of the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association and shall make recommendations for additions or amendments thereto. Proposed amendments to the Constitution or Bylaws of the Association shall be promptly referred to this Committee by the Corresponding Secretary, and time permitting, the Committee shall submit a report with its recommendation(s) to the members. The Corresponding Secretary shall serve, ex-officio, as a member of the Committee.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The Professional Development Committee shall determine the professional development needs of the Association’s membership and identify issues and developments in legal profession and other areas that can impact the profession. Based on its findings, the committee recommends specific programs and oversees their implementation. The Committee’s focus shall include the professional development of law students and the improvement of educational and bar examination outcomes to increase the number of black law students who complete law school and continue on to practice law. The Committee shall be concerned with the disseminating to Association members, the appropriate information regarding the prevention of bar disciplinary complaints and disbarment. The Professional Development Committee shall monitor opportunities to nominate Association members for awards and other opportunities to highlight Association members, and recommend the nomination of members.

HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE

The Bereavement Committee shall express the Association’s sympathy and compassion to a member or member’s family upon the death of the member or past member or the death of an immediate family member of a member. The Bereavement Committee shall inform the Executive Committee immediately upon learning of a death. The Bereavement Committee shall arrange for a card, letter or floral arrangement to be sent as appropriate.

CLE RETREAT COMMITTEE

The CLE Retreat Committee shall be responsible for organizing the programming of speakers for the Association’s annual retreat.

BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE

The Budget and Finance Committee shall organize and implement the disbursement of Association monies through the budget process. The Budget and Finance Committee shall made recommendations from time to time to the general membership on the investment of Association monies and the deposit of such monies in banking institutions.

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