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YLS President’s Message

YLS President Omar A. Giraldo

I have been lucky enough to be a member of the Young Lawyers Section for over six years. My
only regret is that I did not start sooner. YLS has been integral in helping me forge friendships and true relationships in the legal community. And, while 2020 is not turning out to be the year that any of us envisioned, I could not be more excited to be elected as President, leading this amazing team.

What sets us apart? Our Young Lawyers Section has consistently been recognized as the premier affiliate in our State for voluntary bar organizations. We have achieved this prestigious designation by consistently putting on quality programing for our members. These events include presentations by the judiciary, relevant CLEs, a Boot Camp series preparing new attorneys for the practice and business of law, legal updates, networking, and joint ventures with our sister voluntary bar associations in Broward, Miami and Palm Beach counties. Recognizing that these events are usually in person, the 2020 setup will look a bit different. However, our organization, and the 17th Circuit as a whole, has shown that we are not only capable of putting on successful events, but we will continue to be a statewide leader in this regard, leading by example. This will be accomplished with the help of our executive director, Braulio Rosa, who has graciously ensured that we had quality programming throughout this pandemic and has served as a point person for several statewide Zoom CLEs.

With my presidency also comes the distinct pleasure of serving alongside incoming BCBA President Robert C.L. Vaughan. YLS is excited
to partner with the “Big” board throughout the year, putting together quality events that improve our legal community, and beyond. I have every confidence that with the leadership we have in place, from top to bottom, we will finish this year strong!

Finally, my charge to our board and our membership is this: help someone to avoid making the same mistake that I did; not getting involved
sooner. Sign up. Bring a friend. Create an idea. Help see it through.

I couldn’t be more excited to see what this year holds in store for us. The first half of 2020 has been a challenge, but also an opportunity for the YLS to continue its great work in the areas of diversity, inclusivity, kindness, support, and awareness. I believe that the YLS will continue to be a shining example of all of the above. I’m confident that with the leadership of the BCBA Board of Directors and Executive Board, YLS Board and Executive  Board, and the BEST staff of any voluntary bar association across the state, that we will not only survive, we will thrive!