Young Lawyers Section


YLS Introduction

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!

 

Purpose

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 and Location

YLS typically meets for lunch the third Friday of the month from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Citrus Club in downtown Orlando, but check the OCBA website calendar for special events. Please RSVP (luncheons only) to yls.ocba@gmail.com.

1 OPEN YLS AT LARGE BOARD MEMBER SEAT AVAILABLE
NOMINATING PETITIONS DUE BY 5 P.M. ON JULY 31!
 

If you are interested in serving as a member of the YLS Board of Directors, then you have the opportunity to apply for an at-large Board seat. Due to a vacancy of an at-large Board seat, we have 1 appointed seat available.  The term will be effective through May 31, 2017. 

Any YLS member who wishes to be considered for the position must submit a Nominating Petition no later than Friday, July 31 at 5:00 p.m. to Kim Homer, Esq., Executive Director, OCBA 880 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801, by mail or delivery, email (khomer@ocbanet.org), or fax (407-843-3470). All signatories to the Petition must be members in good standing of the OCBA and be a YLS member.  Click here for a copy of the Nominating Petition.

Article 4, Section 16(3)(D) of the YLS By-Laws provides that "No person shall be eligible to be nominated as a member-at-large if their thirty-fifth (35th) birthday occurs prior to the beginning of the fiscal year in which they are to serve unless the person has been practicing for less than four (4) years at the beginning of the physical year in which they are to serve."

If you have any questions, please contact the YLS President, Amber Davis, at adavis@iplawfl.com

 

Serve as a Volunteer Chairperson!

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. Read a description of the committees and positions available here. The deadline to apply is on or before 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Amber via email at adavis@iplawfl.com

Upcoming Events

May 15  - YLS Luncheon. RSVP at the OCBA Store


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YLS Officers

Amber N. Davis, Esq.

President
Beusse Wolter Sanks Mora & Maire, P.A..
390 N. Orange Ave., Ste. 2500
Orlando FL 32801
Ph: 407-926-7716
Contact by email

Brett Renton, Esq.

President Elect
Shutts & Bowen, LLP
300 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 1000
Orlando FL 32801
Ph: 407-835-6791
Contact by email

 
 
Keshara D. Cowans, Esq.

Treasurer
The Florida Bar
1000 Legion Place, Ste. 1625
Orlando FL 32801
Ph: 407-425-5424
Contact by email

Jill D. Simon, Esq.

Secretary
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.
P.O. Box 2809
Orlando, FL 32802
Ph: 407-843-4600
Contact by email

 
 
Jennifer A. Smith, Esq.

Communications Coordinator
Southern Trial Counsel, PLC
205 S. Eola Dr.
Orlando, FL 32801
Ph: 407-422-6100
Contact by email

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Karen L. Persis

Immediate Past President
Law Office of Karen Persis, P.A.
1415 E. Robinson St., Ste. C
Orlando FL 32801
Ph: 407-228-2864
Contact by email

 
 
 
 
 

Board Members

 

Michael D. Barber
The Umansky Law Firm

Eric R. Elms, Esq.
Fisher Rushmer, P.A

Brock A. Hankins, Esq.
Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist

W. Doug Martin, Esq.
Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna, Ruffier & Sos, LLP

 

Heather M. Meglino
Burruezo & Burruezo, PLLC

Amanda Sampaio, Esq.
The Law Firm of Amanda Sampaio

Charity J. Tonelli, Esq.
Stuart, Mount, Bleakley & Boylston, P.A.

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Bar YLD Board of Governors Representatives
Ninth Judicial Circuit


Eric R. Elms
Karen L. Persis
Amy R. Rigdon