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Networking and getting involved: MSBA Young Lawyers Summit edition

The author, far right, poses with attendees at the MSBA bar conference, including MSBA President Pamila J. Brown, second from left. (Courtesy of Danielle Williamson)

The author, far right, poses with attendees at the MSBA Young Lawyers Summit, including MSBA President Pamila J. Brown, second from left. (Courtesy of Danielle Williamson)

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the Maryland State Bar Association’s Conference of Bar Presidents in Wilmington, Delaware. The conference is a time when the local and specialty bar leaders gather together to strategize, exchange information and network. Each bar association was invited to send a young attorney to the Young Lawyers Summit that occurs simultaneously; and I had the opportunity to attend on behalf of the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys.

The purpose of the summit was to provide networking and practice tips to young attorneys. There were a series of workshops presented to further those goals. I found the workshop on integrating social media into practice very interesting. Not only are the traditional social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn helpful in practice, but there other apps such as Foursquare for Business and Periscope may be creatively implemented. We were also provided with information relative to financial planning, benefits provided by the MSBA and wellness tips for better lawyering.

Not only were our minds engaged during the conference but our bodies were as well! President Pamila J. Brown pushed a health-conscious initiative throughout the weekend. There were morning Zumba classes and river walks, as well as chair yoga. My favorite activity was the “Back to the ’80s” party, where everyone dressed up in their favorite ’80s outfits and danced the night away. There were costume contests, dance battles and even Billy Idol made an appearance (or maybe that was his doppelganger).

All in all, I had a great time at the summit and would recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to attend. The best way to begin to get involved is to join a local or specialty bar association, as well as the Young Lawyers Section of the MSBA, and stay active!

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