Young Lawyers Division

Committees and Projects


The Awards Committee recognizes outstanding efforts and contributions to the YLD Board of Directors. The division chair serves as Awards Committee chair and is responsible for selecting an Outstanding Committee Chair, Outstanding Director and Outstanding Officer at the YLD Annual Meeting. The chair is also responsible for naming Friends of the YLD and Fellows of the YLD. Additionally, the chair has the discretion to select individuals to receive Chair’s Awards at any time throughout their term.

Community Service

The Community Service Committee plans YLD programs and services that benefit Oklahoma’s communities. This committee has traditionally been responsible for planning the Annual Day of Service but is also charged with any other community service events that may occur throughout the year.

Continuing Legal Education

The Continuing Legal Education Committee works with the OBA’s CLE Department to plan and promote educational seminars that are useful and of particular interest to young lawyers.


The Diversity Committee encourages diverse representation and participation in the YLD as well as plan and promote programs and resources that enhance knowledge and encourage understanding of diversity.


The Hospitality Committee plans the suites and other social events for the YLD and all OBA members to participate in and enjoy during the Solo & Small Firm Conference and Annual Meeting. The Hospitality Committee will also work with the chair in planning lunches for after monthly board meetings.

Kick It Forward

The Kick It Forward Committee plans and promotes programs that will encourage donations to the Kick it Forward program. The committee also reviews all applications received on an annual basis. Visit the Kick It Forward page.


The Membership Committee encourages all young lawyers to participate and become active members of the YLD and the bar association as a whole. The committee will help plan and promote statewide activities for young lawyers.

New Lawyer Orientation

The New Attorney Orientation Committee hosts a reception at each swearing-in ceremony to introduce new admittees to the YLD and to encourage young lawyers to actively participate in OBA activities. This committee also guides and organizes the preparation of the bar exam survival kits, which are distributed to all individuals taking the Oklahoma bar exam.


The Nominating Committee oversees the annual election of officers and board members as well as assists in any interim appointments that may be necessary. The Nominating Committee is chaired by the immediate past YLD chair.

Wills for Heroes

The Wills for Heroes program is designed to provide free wills to emergency personnel in Oklahoma. The Young Lawyers Division of the Oklahoma Bar Association oversees the program in the state. Visit the Wills for Heroes page.