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  • in briefnewsletterSeptembmeber 2015 - Volume 18 Number 4

    Editor's Letter

    Hats Off

    Tasty TipsYLS News

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    5

    49

    Rashauna Norment

    C o n t e n t

    What Law Clerks Want

    10

    Flying Solo: Where is Your Law

    Firm Going?

    6Matthew L. Fryar

    Sidney Stewart

    What Law Clerks Want

    12

    Ambere Thompson

    ArkBar CLE Calendar

    15

    YLS Report

    Matthew L. Fryar

    yls Report14

    Arkansas TravelerMary & Trey Cooper

    Stefan McBride

    YLS committees 7

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    editorsYls in brief

    Moore

    Cooper

    Cooper Norment

    WoosterSparkman

    McBride

    Editor-In-Chief Brooke Moore Co-Editor Sarah Sparman

    Arkansas Traveler Co-Editors Trey & Mary Cooper

    What Judges Want Editor Megan Wooster

    Tasty Tips Editor Rashauna Norment

    Flying Solo Editor Stefan McBride

    YLS In Brief is published online quarterly by the Arkansas Bar Association.

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    Welcome to the new bar year Young Lawyers! There are lots of great things planned for the upcoming bar year and many opportunities to get plugged in to the Arkansas Bar Association and the Young Lawyers section. We have a talented group of volunteers returning to In Brief and are welcoming a new co-editor, Sarah Sparkman. Sarah will be taking the reigns as Editor-In-Chief as the year progresses.

    In a twist on What Judges Want, this issue will showcase What Clerks Want. Reflect on where your small or solo practice is headed with Stefans thought provoking Flying Solo article. Take a trip with the Coopers to Pinnacle Valley Restaurant for a unique experience and American cuisine or try out Rashuanas perfect fall Shrimp Fried Rice recipe.

    I would like to thank the editors, contributors, young lawyers, and bar for all of the support that I have received during my time as Editor-In-Chief and look forward to watching as the newsletter continues to grow and evolve. If you are interested in becoming involved in a leadership position with the newsletter, we currently have an opportunity available to serve as Tech Tips Editor. If you are interested in this position, want more information about contributing to the newsletter, or serving the bar in other capacities, please send inquiries to brooke@arkansasvirtuallawyer.com.

    Also, thanks in large part to the efforts of past YLS Chair Cliff McKinney; the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Section will be holding their fall meeting in Little Rock this October. I encourage you to attend and participate; welcoming them and showing them that Little Rock was the best choice!

    Editor-in-ChiefBrooke Moore

    e d i t o r s l e t t e r

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    y l s n e w sAmerican Bar associationyoung lawyers divisionfall conference in little rock

    October 15-17, 2015little rock

    THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION IS HOLDING ITS FALL CONFERENCE IN LITTLE ROCK ON OCTOBER 15-17! THERE WILL BE OVER 300 YOUNG LAWYERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN ATTENDANCE, AND WE HOPE FOR A LARGE GROUP OF ARKANSAS YOUNG LAWYERS TO ATTEND AND SHOW OUR VISITORS SOME GOOD SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY! BELOW IS THE LINK FOR REGISTRATION. IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, CONTACT ANY OF THE HOST COMMITTEE MEMBERS: CLIFF MCKINNEY, BRIAN CLARY, GWEN RUCKER, MATT FRYAR, GREG NORTHEN, AND JESSICA YARBROUGH.

    http://www.americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers/events_cle/2015_fall_conference.html

    Register by September 11 for early registration rates!

    chairMATTHEW L. FRYARChair-ElectGREGORY J. NORTHENSecretary/TreasurerVICTOR RAY RICHARDSONImmediate Past Chair jessica s. yarbroughDistrict A Reps. AUBREY BARRWILLIAM M. PRETTYMAN IIISARAH A. SPARKMANDistrict B Reps. CALEB GARCIAABTIN MEHDIZADEGANGREGORY J. NORTHENDistrict C Reps.LESLIE J. LIGONERIC ANDREW MARKSCHRISTOPHER ALAN RITTENHOUSE

    executive councilarkbar young lawyers section

    At Large Reps.CHASE ADAM CHARMICHAELBROOKE MOOREJOHN RAINWATERU of A School of Law Rep.

    DAVID TRENT HARRISONUALR School of Law Rep.

    ERUORE O. OBOH

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    Kenya Gordon Davenport opened her own law firm, Davenport & Associates, PLLC this month. The firm is a general civil litigation firm with special services of sealing criminal records and evictions.

    Lauren Ruff of White and Ruff Law Offices had the joy of winning the American Poolplayers Association (APA) Regional Championships for the "Jack & Jill" competition. It's a scotch doubles competition in 8-ball. The APA is sending Lauren to their National Championships in Las Vegas to compete for a national title.

    Stefan McBride and his wife, Carmen, welcomed a baby boy, Warren Douglas McBride, on August 20th. He weighed 8lbs.

    Brooke Moore was recently selected to serve as one of four fellows to the Law Practice Division of the American Bar Association. The fellowship is a unique opportunity toward a leadership path in the ABA and allows fellows to take on a more active role in the Law Practice Division. As part of

    If you have information on YLS members who deserve a Hats Off or would like to submit ideas for articles, please contact the Editor of In Brief, Brooke Moore at brooke@arkansasvirtuallawyer.com

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    the fellowship, Brooke has been appointed by the LP Division Chair to serve on the Law Practice Board of Editors, the State/Local Bar Outreach committee, and the ABA Women Rainmakers committee.

    Sarah Sparkman is the new co-editor of In Brief and will be taking the reigns as Editor-In-Chief as the year progresses. Sarah is Deputy City Attorney for the city of Springdale, where she works with the city's nuisance abatement partnership, advises the planning commission, handles the city's civil matters, and prosecutes criminal, traffic, and ordinance violations. Prior to working for the City of Springdale,

    she was the first full-time housing litigant at Legal Aid of Arkansas. She is a native of Green Forest, Arkansas and received her high school diploma from the Arkansas School of Mathematics and Science and her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas. Sarah is the co-author of Ethics and Social Media: A Guidebook for Arkansas Attorneys and serves on the YLS Executive Council.

    Warren Douglas McBride

    Congratulations to the New Members who will be Admitted to the Practice of Law september 2015

    https://courts.arkansas.gov/announcements/arkansas-2015-july-bar-exam-results

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    As many of you know, I have two young daughtersKatie is five, and Anna is four. I have learned many interesting things from my children. First, girls are just as messy, and just as loud, as boys are. Second, Barbies are much easier to dress than Polly Pockets. Maybe most importantly of all, though, the world around us is absolutely fascinating! My chil-dren find wonder and enjoyment in the most mundane of things, and I love watching them explore. My daughters have taught me, in the purest sense, the meaning of a word which is oft used but rarely appreciated: wonderful.

    As I begin this year of service to YLS, I am trying to maintain this outlook on life which comes so naturally to my girls. It is too easy to become bogged down by the routine of our lives and activi-ties, but if we were able to see the world through the filters which my children wear, we would find a renewed excitement about what we do, who we do it with, and how we go about it. I encourage each of you, as you embark on an-other year as members of the Ar-kansas Bar Association, to take a second look at your families, your friends, your jobs and co-workers, and your involvement in the Bar Association and YLS; try to find that wonder and innocence with which my children perceive the world.

    It is an exciting time to be a

    young lawyer in Arkansas! I am thrilled to be the chair of YLS this year, and I hope that all of the young lawyers in the association will find an opportunity to be en-gaged in the activities of YLS. Re-member, if you are 36 or younger or have been licensed for five years or less, you are a young lawyer, and your membership in YLS is automatic when you join the as-sociation. I invite each of you to personally reach out to me. If you want to find a way to get involved in YLS, I promise to you that I will find you the right place to serve. Below are a few of the pro-jects on which YLS will be focus-ing over the next year:

    Wills for HeroesOne of the projects which YLS

    has historically been involved in is the Wills for Heroes program, in which young lawyers provide pro bono estate planning to members of the law enforcement and first responder communities. My goal is to hold at least three of these events over the next 12 months, each in a different part of the state. I hope that all of you will dedicate a few hours to volunteer for these events when they are held in your area!

    Domestic Violence HandbookAnother project that I am very

    excited about moving forward is a new Domestic Violence Hand-book, which will be the result of

    a partnership between YLS and the Administrative Office of the Courts. Once it is written, YLS will utilize a $2,000 grant from the American Bar Association to fund the handbooks publication and its distribution to domestic violence shelters and circuit clerks offices across the state.

    Debt CounselingAs law students become law-

    yers, one of the heaviest burdens faced is the student loan debt accumulated during both college and law school. I plan for YLS to institute