What is the Young Advocates' Standing Committee ("YASC")?
YASC is one of the six Standing Committees of The Advocates’ Society with a mandate to be a voice for young advocates (ten years of call or fewer) within the Society and within the profession. YASC provides young advocates with access to a community of peers and colleagues, and provides young advocates with a platform within the Society. We do this through networking and mentoring events, by publishing articles by and for young advocates in our monthly newsletter Keeping Tabs, by connecting young advocates with volunteer opportunities through the Society and by working to ensure that issues of concern to young advocates are addressed within the Society and raised through it within the broader profession.
YASC has approximately 30 members, including an executive (Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary). YASC is committed to diversity and strives to be a committee that is reflective of the community served by advocates, the community of advocates in Canada and members of the Society.
YASC members practice in a diverse range of practice areas, practice sizes and geographic locations (including Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Windsor, London, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Calgary and Vancouver)
Young Advocates Contribute to the Community of Best Advocates
YASC members are integral to all aspects of the Society's work. YASC is represented by two of its members on each of the Society's other Standing Committees, who contribute the perspective of young advocates. For example, Last year, young advocates contributed to the Society's submissions to the Law Society of Upper Canada in the Trinity Western University accreditation matter, and continue to participate on the taskforce overseeing the Society's intervention as it proceeds through the courts.
YASC members have also been instrumental in the development of many of the Society's important publications, such as:
• Best Practices companion to the Principles of Professionalism and Civility in the Profession
• Principles Governing Communications with Testifying Experts
• Paperless Trials Manual
• Best Practices for Civil Trials
The Society recognizes that its work is enriched through the contribution of young advocates - future leaders of the community of best advocates.
How You Can Get Involved
There are three ways young advocates can get involved in the Society - by volunteering for various Society efforts through the YASC volunteer roster, by writing for YASC's monthly publication, "Keeping Tabs", and by sitting on YASC.
YASC solicits applications for new committee members every year in March. YASC members serve a two-year term. YASC encourages applications from all interested young advocates.
Young advocates may get involved in the work of the Society by joining YASC's volunteer roster. If you are interested in joining the volunteer roster please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions regarding YASC or want more information about how you can get involved please feel free to contact us.
The Young Advocates' Standing Committee is seeking energetic junior Society members to become part of the 2017 - 2018 committee. This is an excellent opportunity to build your profile within The Advocates' Society and your local bar.
If you have any questions please email Jared Ploughman at email@example.com
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