Young Lawyers Section Committees


Don’t just be a member, be an active member!  Below is a list of our Sections and Committees.  We’d love to see our YLS membership join at least one of the Committees below and have a more active role in the Young Lawyers Section.

Joining a Committee is not only a great way to get involved, it’s now a requirement if you want to be a member of the YLS Board of Directors.  Per recent amendments to the YLS By-Laws, a YLS member seeking election or appointment to the YLS Board of Directors must now be a Committee member in good standing for at least one (1) year prior to becoming a Board member.

It’s as simple as 1-2-3! 

  1. Decide to GET INVOLVED! A listing of Committees and their descriptions is below.
  2. Login and select the committee in your BCBA Membership profile HERE or contact Sara Sandler for more information via
  3. Spread the Word!

I. Special Events: E-Board Liaison – Treasurer, Lindsay Massillon, for more information on the Special Events Section or the Committees within this Section, please contact Lindsay Massillon at:

a. Golf Tournament – Chairs: Brooke Latta & Josh Levine: This is a charity golf tournament that we host in the fall of each year. We also host a golf tournament happy hour the week before the event. This is our biggest event of the year and this year happens to be our 30th Anniversary! Committee members will be responsible for enlisting sponsorship’s and foursomes to play in the Tournament; organizing the Tournament and Tee Off Happy Hour; and promoting the event. This year’s 30th Annual YLS Charity Golf Tournament is on 10/28/17; our Tee Off Happy Hour is on 10/26/17.

b. Judicial Reception – Chair: Kim Wald:  YLS hosts a cocktail party for all the members of the judiciary and the public. A tremendous amount of money needs to be raised for this event.  This is our signature event which raises money for YLS. Committee members will be responsible for obtaining sponsorship’s and organizing and promoting this event.

c. Fashion Show – Chair: Josiah Graham: This is a charity event being introduced to YLS for the first time this year. The Fashion Show will be set up to raise funds to support the overall project which is to upgrade a chemo treatment center. Committee members will be responsible for organizing the event (including catering and location/date), soliciting sponsors, promoting the event, and coordinating the chemo center upgrade. Committee members will be working closely with the YLS President in this endeavor.

II. Socials and Education: E-Board Liaison – President Elect, Brent Reitman, for more information on the Socials and Education Section or the Committees within this Section, please contact Brent Reitman at:

a. Boot Camp – Chair: Lindsay Haber: Our ground-breaking and award winning series is geared toward newly minted attorneys. Boot Camp strives to train Broward’s new attorneys through different sessions focused on a wide variety of issues.  Committee members are responsible for arranging the Boot Camp sessions; enlisting speakers for each session; and promoting the event.

b. Luncheons – Chair: Jacqueline DerOvanesian: Every month between August and May, YLS holds a luncheon on different issues, featuring esteemed attorneys and judges on topics relevant to our members. Committee members are responsible for coordinating speakers for the luncheons, coming up with topics, and promoting the luncheons.

c. Breakfast with Judiciary – Chair: Nikeisha Pryor: Four times per year, YLS holds a Friday morning breakfast buffet with Broward County’s judiciary. Committee members are responsible for coordinating the breakfasts and promoting the breakfasts.

d. Socials – Chair: Seth Rosenthal: This committee is responsible for planning all of our social events. Traditionally the events have consisted of happy hour events, however the committee should feel free to expand socials to other creative activities designed to promote community and networking (e.g. Sweatworking Events).  We often partner with other professional organizations for our Happy Hours. Happy hours sometimes have a charitable beneficiary.

III. Outreach: E-Board Liaison – Secretary, Omar Giraldo, for more information on the Outreach Section or the Committees within this Section, please contact Omar Giraldo at:

a. Community Outreach – Chair: James Heaton: This committee is responsible for acting as a liaison between YLS, the BCBA, 17th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees, Legal Aid, local law schools, and other community/volunteer related organizations (such as Habitat for Humanity). Committee members are responsible for pro bono and volunteer initiatives as well as finding ways to work with local law schools.

b. Holiday in February – Chair: Jaime Alman: This is an annual charity event in which we invite local foster care/underprivileged children to the Museum of Science and Discovery for a day of fun and celebration.  We do arts and crafts projects, sing holiday carols, and have a face painter followed by a visit from Santa. Committee members are responsible for coordinating this event as well as the toy drive at the BCBA holiday party in December and a gift wrapping party.

c. Read for the Record/Lawyers for Literacy – Chair: Alejandra Mendoza: Our Read for the Record/Lawyers for Literacy campaign focuses on enlisting volunteers to read to local elementary schools and also helps arrange a book drive so that books can be handed out to each child to keep. This year, we will also be implementing a Poetry Slam with local public schools which committee members will be responsible for coordinating. 

d. Publicity – Chair: Krystine Espina: Our publicity committee is responsible for promoting YLS events and running our YLS social media accounts. The publicity committee is also for ensuring photos are taken at each YLS event and post-event publicity.