Young Lawyers Section
The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) is comprised of more than 750 attorneys practicing in a variety of areas of law throughout Central Florida. Members of the YLS must be under the age of 35 or practicing law five or fewer years. As a new lawyer, the YLS is a valuable resource because it offers an array of opportunities for relationship building, charitable service, and professional growth. Whether you choose to attend a monthly luncheon, volunteer for a charitable project, or chair our next big event, the YLS is the gateway to enhance your career. Get involved!
The YLS's mission is to meet the unique needs and interests of new lawyers by (a) providing a forum for exchanging ideas and offering assistance regarding concerns common to the new lawyer; (b) offering opportunities to enhance their professional skills and knowledge, and ethical development; (c) providing opportunities for career and leadership development, mentoring, and relationship building; (d) offering opportunities to serve on public service committees and charitable projects; and (e) encouraging their interest and participation in the YLS, the Orange County Bar Association, the legal profession, and their communities.
Meeting Time & Location
YLS typically meets for lunch the third Friday of the month at the Citrus Club in downtown Orlando. Check-in: 11:30-11:55 a.m.; lunch: 12:00-1:00 p.m. RSVP online here, or to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are paying cash.
For a description of events or to volunteer to chair a committee, please see below.
Miguel R. Acosta, Esq.
Gobel Flakes, LLC
Michael D. Barber, Esq.
The Umansky Law Firm
Eric R. Elms, Esq.
Fisher Rushmer, P.A.
Karen L. Persis, Esq.
Law Office of Karen Persis, P.A.
Stephanie R. Rensch, Esq.
The Rensch Law Firm
Joey M. Chindamo, Esq.
State Attorney's Office
Heather M. Meglino, Esq.
Meglino Morse Law, LLC
C. Andrew Roy, Esq.
Winderweedle, Haines, Ward and Woodman, P.A.
Brandon M. Sapp, Esq.
Office of the Public Defender
Charity J. Tonelli, Esq.
Tonelli Law Firm
Florida Bar YLD Board of Governors Representatives
Ninth Judicial Circuit
Eric R. Elms, Esq.
Karen L. Persis, Esq.
Jennifer A. Smith, Esq.
Volunteer to Chair an Event!
Serving on a committee is a great way to meet new people, while having the opportunity to serve the OCBA and your community. Time commitments for committees vary, so please be sure to consider your upcoming schedule when you apply. All committee members must be members in good standing of the Young Lawyers Section of the OCBA. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Brett Renton.
Committee Chairs are needed for the following events:
Backpack Project: The Backpack Project Committee raises money to purchase backpacks and school supplies for the students and teachers at Rock Lake Elementary School. Rock Lake is one of Central Florida’s most economically disadvantaged schools. The YLS partners with A Gift for Teaching to provide the backpacks. Each year a happy hour is held at the end of July or the first week in August to raise money and collect school supplies. The happy hour serves as the fundraiser for the project. Committee members are responsible for attending and assisting with the happy hour. Additionally, the committee will meet at A Gift for Teaching to fill the backpacks with school supplies and is responsible for delivering the backpacks to Rock Lake Elementary on the Friday before the first day of school.
Community Service: Due to our membership’s increased interest to volunteer with community organizations and get their “hands dirty,” this committee will focus on planning a couple of service events at local charitable organizations, which will allow Young Lawyers to give back to the Central Florida community. This is a new committee, and all ideas are welcomed.
Evening with the Judiciary: Evening with the Judiciary is a mid-week cocktail party that occurs in late February, and its invitees include lawyers and judges. In a social atmosphere, which is generally themed, lawyers get the chance to mingle with judges and colleagues while enjoying small plates, appetizers, and drinks. In past years, attendance has ranged from 250-475. Duties of the committee include: finding and negotiating an appropriate venue, planning a theme, hiring a caterer, managing a budget, choosing and providing beverages, entertainment, and name tags, sending invitations to all local judges, publicizing the event, managing rsvps, assisting with set-up and clean-up of the event, and other miscellaneous tasks. Planning the Evening with the Judiciary requires commitment and service several months in advance and is significantly time consuming in the few months leading up to the event.
Scholarship: Each year, the YLS recognizes one outstanding High School Senior from Orange County and awards
a scholarship to Valencia College. The Committee is responsible for distributing scholarship applications to the
schools, reviewing applications, and interviewing select applicants, coordinating disbursement of funds and
monitoring student progress. The selection process runs from February through June.
Social: The Social Committee’s duties include planning and carrying out general YLS social events throughout the year, including, but not limited to, YLS-wide happy hours after work and social events with other organizations such as the young CPAs. We try to plan some form of after work or other happy hour event once every couple of months. YLS is looking to expand the social committee to include activities in addition to Happy Hours. The monthly time commitment is usually 3-5 hours per month.