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Jennifer Williams
President, Young Lawyers Section
2014-2015

October 2014, President's Message

Greetings!
The State Bar has adopted specific goals as part of its Strategic Plan, and the Young Lawyers Section is doing what it can to help achieve them.

Goal: Create “an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere fostering collegiality, camaraderie, civility and professionalism.”

  • On August 21, Josh Finer (5th Circuit) organized a mixer for the Hagemann-Morris Young Lawyer Mentorship Program. Thank you for attending!
  • On August 29, Katie Johnson (1st Circuit) organized a mixer and golf outing for the Mentorship Coin Program. Thanks to all who attended!  Notably, Kyle Claussen, an attorney from Mitchell, shot a hole-in-one! Congratulations!!

Stay tuned for upcoming mixers in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 7th Circuits.

Goal: Engage “in public education and outreach.”

  • Nearly 50 attorneys volunteered to go into classrooms in Hartford, Lennox, Rapid City, and Spearfish.  We truly appreciate your willingness to assist teachers with the We the People curriculum.
  • Thank you Jordan Veurink, Kyle Claussen, Alison Schellpfeffer, Aaron Pilcher, and Rebecca Mann for speaking as part of our Speakers Bureau Program. 


Goal: Provide “tools and resources that deepen members’ understanding of the economics of practice and engage in business development.”

  • Thank you, Jennifer Goldammer, for your writing in our Young Lawyer’s Corner in the Newsletter.
  • On October 10, the Young Lawyers Section will host the Nuts & Bolts CLE in Pierre. Thank you Amy Bartling, Jamie Damon, Kylie Riggins, Andrew Fergel, and Neil Fulton for your presentations.

Keep doing what you’re doing to help make this a stellar year of participation in the Young Lawyers Section! And in the meantime, get to know three more Young Lawyers Section Board Members.

Nicole Tupman (At Large)
Why did you decide to be part of the Young Lawyers Board?  I wanted to be a part of the Young Lawyers Board to learn more about our Bar and help strengthen our sense of community.  

What do you want to do for the young lawyers in your Circuit?  I would like to see the 2nd Circuit young lawyers socialize as a group more often.  I think we not only have a lot to learn from one another, but we can also help grow each other’s business through referrals.

What is one random fact about you that you have been dying to share?  One random fact about me is that I love to do stained glass work.  I have made a few small window panes and am working on a couple of other projects right now.  



Kim de Hueck (4th Circuit)
Why did you decide to be part of the Young Lawyers Board?  I wanted to be part of the Young Lawyers Board to keep the young lawyers in the 4th Circuit connected to the rest of the young lawyers in the State and keep us a part of the projects that the Young Lawyer Board works on to better our profession.

What do you want to do for the young lawyers in your Circuit?  During my last year as the Law Clerk for the 4th Circuit, I realized there is a gap between the veteran and young attorneys in this Circuit.  Our Circuit is very spread out, so I hope to facilitate events that allow for attorneys who have developed their practices to meet and communicate with young attorneys in the area.  I hope that through events and dialogue, all attorneys in the area can feel more comfortable working with and learning from one another.

What is one random fact about you that you have been dying to share?  I love anything outdoors and drew my first buck tag this year, so I will be spending my free time in November hunting for a big one.



Katie Johnson (1st Circuit)
Why did you decide to be part of the Young Lawyers Board?  I decided to be a part of the Young Lawyers Board because I saw other attorneys that I looked up to get involved with the Young Lawyers Board and later involved with the State Bar.  Watching these attorneys give back to others made me want to give back to the State Bar and other attorneys as well. 

What do you want to do for the young lawyers in your Circuit?  I want to be a resource for all lawyers in the state if they need help or assistance in anyway.
 
What is one random fact about you that you have been dying to share?  I hate the feel of cotton balls.  It is like fingernails on a chalk board to me. 


Cheers until next month!
Jennifer Williams
SD YLS President




 

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NEW KID IN TOWN:  MENTORED BY THE MASSES

Written by: Nathan Chicoine

Contrary to popular belief, it’s easy being the new kid in town.  Upon graduation, my wife, Catherine (also an attorney), and I moved to Rapid City, where neither of us had been raised or could follow a well-known friend or relative.  Yet, the attorneys in my new community have welcomed me.  Most have introduced themselves and have actively sought to learn about my background, interests, and direction. Many have joined me for lunch and stubbornly paid the bill.  Several have helped me get involved in the community and have accompanied me to social events.  I’ve met countless colleagues, none of which respond well to “Mr.” or “Ms.”  Although networking presumably plays a part in their approach, I sense a sincere desire to pay forward what their bar community did for them and ensure that the new attorney has a solid foundation on which to build.  The connections that I’ve made emphasize for me what a tight-knit bar we’re blessed with, and I hope to never take it for granted.

With so many new mentors, I ask myself how I can best absorb their lessons.  Primarily, I observe and gauge effectiveness.  How well does s/he know the law and facts?  How good is the legal and practical analysis?  How strong is the communication and persuasion?  How well does s/he treat peers, staff, and clients?  These factors indicate how worthwhile the attorney’s guidance may be.  Regularly, I ask questions. I welcome advice, and all want to share their secrets to success.  Sure, I'm naive, but I trust until proven otherwise.  I can learn something from everyone.  Above all, I strive to be honest and true to my character. I’ll only enjoy this profession if I’m genuine.  I’ve been told and I believe that an attorney’s most valuable asset is credibility. I’ll need to earn the trust and respect of others to be successful.  As I adopt the best traits of my many mentors and build a career, I’ll have a strong start if I fully assume the role of mentee while remaining grateful for the opportunity to “practice” law.

About Nathan:  Nathan recently completed a clerkship for the Seventh Judicial Circuit and joined Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore of Rapid City, SD as an associate in their litigation group. 


 

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