YPB Membership Expectations
Each member of the YPB is expected to fulfill the following four obligations:
- Initial annual contribution paid upon joining ($100 - professionals; $25 - students)
- Attending a minimum of 2 of the 4 quarterly membership meetings
- Attending a minimum of 2 of the 4 LAF/YPB annual fundraising events (Justice Is Served Spring Gala/LAF Annual Luncheon / LAF Annual Golf Outing / YPB Autumn Affair)
- Active participation in committee projects, special YPB initiatives and member networking events
The YPB uses a special points tracking system to assist members in meeting their membership obligations, and to ensure member activities continue to align with member interests and board priorities. Each member of the YPB is expected to earn a minimum of 500 points to be considered a member in good standing. Just by meeting the first three member obligations, professional members will earn 400 points and student members will earn 325 points:
- Annual donation made upon joining: 100 points/$100; 25 points/$25
- Attending 2 fundraising events: 100 points per event attended
- Attending 2 quarterly meetings: 50 points per meeting attended
The balance of points needed to meet the fourth obligation can be earned by participating in a variety of activities. These activities include but are not limited to:
- Volunteering for committee activities (e.g. securing silent auction/raffle items, mentoring a new YPB member, hosting a law student event at your school or firm, participating on a panel discussion, helping to set up or volunteer at events, etc.)
- Bringing friends to LAF and YPB events
- Recruiting new members to the YPB
- Hosting a meeting or event at your company
- Attending or hosting a networking event
- Taking a pro bono case with LAF
- Securing additional pro bono or financial contributions (e.g. firm/company event sponsorship, pro bono printing/marketing/graphic design support)
- Making an additional financial contribution to LAF
YPB Member Benefits
- Inclusion on YPB leadership page on the LAF website
- Inclusion in select marketing and organizational materials distributed by LAF
- Special media recognition highlighting member accomplishments
- Opportunity to list YPB membership on firm/company bio, or resume
- Opportunities to build and expand network of professional contacts
- Opportunity to build leadership skills and assume leadership roles on the YPB
- Potential for eventual invitation to join the LAF Governing Board of Directors
Next Steps After Joining the YPB
- LAF’s staff liaison to the YPB will reach out to set up a meeting with you and a Member Steward to go over the structure of the Board and bring you up to speed on current projects and needs. You will receive the YPB handbook at this meeting.
- The YPB has a mentorship program, where newer members are linked up with veteran members. Your YPB mentor will follow up with you once you’ve met with the Steward and staff liaison, to introduce themselves and answer any additional questions you might have. As longtime members of the YPB, mentors can provide you with a wealth of information about serving on the YPB and maximizing the opportunities it offers for networking and building leadership experience. They can also help you select a Committee to join.
- All members are asked to join one of the standing Committees of the Board. The LAF staff liaison will follow up with you and connect you with the appropriate co-chairs, who will then get you up to speed on their Committee’s specific needs.
- All new members are strongly encouraged to also attend a new member orientation and welcome event. These events occur between each quarterly meeting, and are hosted by members of the YPB leadership team. Orientation covers an overview of LAF’s mission and work, as well as a complete review of the YPB organizational structure, committee roles and responsibilities, upcoming events and activities; and membership expectations.
Ready to join? The YPB welcomes new members year round – get involved now and help make a difference for LAF!