Become the voice of newly-admitted and young attorneys in NYSBA. Designed to help make the transition from law school to practice an easier one for newly-admitted attorneys, the Young Lawyers Section connects you with experienced attorneys lending general advice, legal guidance, or expert opinions. Take advantage of educational programs and networking events. The Section publishes Electronically In Touch and Perspective. Plus,­ law students may now join the Section and get a jump start on their careers.

(Membership in the Young Lawyers Section is open only to law students and attorneys admitted 10 years or less)


Meet the Chair

Lauren Sharkey is the chair of the Young Lawyers Section.

Sharkey is a partner of Cioffi • Slezak • Wildgrube P.C. She practices in the areas of estate planning and administration, elder law, business law and real estate.

Within the State Bar, Sharkey is the Young Lawyers Section’s liaison to the Elder Law and Special Needs Law Section, and 4th District Representative. She also serves on the NYSBA Elder Law and Special Needs Law Section’s Executive Committee as a Vice-Chair of the Membership Committee and through that role she helped to create the Young Lawyers’ Committee within the Section.  Locally, Lauren is the co-chair of the Schenectady County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Committee and the co-chair of the Trusts, Estates, and Elder Law Committee.  She is also a member of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Sharkey is a graduate of Albany Law School and Pace University.

Contact the Young Lawyers Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Tiffany Bardwell
(518) 487-5675

Online Community

Electronically In Touch

Published 12 times per year, Electronically In Touch features advice, guidance, and tips useful to the young lawyer both professionally and personally; includes “nuts and bolts” information about substantive legal issues; highlights cases and decisions of interest; provides updates from the Executive Committee; offers opportunities for career, professional, and leadership development; and lists a calendar of events.  In addition, the newsletter highlights some of the interesting and noteworthy things young attorneys and law students are doing from around the state, and serves as a forum for keeping the membership informed about Section and Association activities, news, programs, benefits, and services.

Article/Content Submission

Electronically In Touch welcomes articles from members of the legal profession on subjects of interest to New York State young lawyers.  If you are interested in sharing your articles, advice, guidance, and/or tips, please send them to Justin Batten, Editor-In-Chief at . Electronically In Touch is a monthly publication.

Please submit articles no later than the 20th of the month.

Beginning in 2011, Electronically In Touch is available in blog format only.

Now That You’ve Turned 18

Through the Committee on Public Service and Pro Bono, the Young Lawyers Section has produced a publication, Now That You’ve Turned 18,”which is being made available to parents and senior high school students to give them an overview of their basic legal rights and responsibilities. This is one example of how the Section fulfills its goal of promoting involvement of young lawyers in public service projects that increase access to justice and the public’s knowledge of the law. We depend on your talents to help further the Section’s activities. It’s one more reason why you should become involved.



The Young Lawyers Section print newsletter (Perspective) is published by the Young Lawyers Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge. Edited by Keri Mahoney, Esq., Perspective features substantive legal articles on current issues in all areas of practice, offers more in-depth treatment of professional development, career and networking topics, and provides a forum for expressing opinions and/or commentary on issues affecting young lawyers.

Perspective is published as a benefit for members of the Young Lawyers Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association. The copying, reselling, duplication, transferring, reproducing, reusing, retaining or reprinting of this Newsletter is strictly prohibited without permission. © New York State Bar Association. All rights reserved. ISSN 0743-6475 (print) ISSN 1933-8511 (online)

Perspective encourages article submissions on topics of interest to members of the Section. Writing an article for a NYSBA Section publication is a great way to get your name out in the legal community and advertise your knowledge. Our authors are respected state-wide for their legal expertise, and have written articles on such topics as mentoring; balancing job and family; young lawyers in a down economy; and ethics.

MCLE credit may also be earned for legal-based writing directed to an attorney audience upon application to the CLE Board. NYSBA Guidelines for Obtaining MCLE Credit for Writing as well as a Publication Credit Application are available.

If you have written an article and would like to have it considered for publication in Perspective, please send it in electronic document format (pdfs are NOT acceptable), along with biographical information to:

Norina Melita, Esq.

Please note that any articles previously published in another forum will need written permission from that publisher before they can be reprinted in Perspective.



The Young Lawyers Section each year honors a young lawyer who has rendered outstanding service to both the community and legal profession. The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award recognizes an attorney who has actively practiced less than 10 years, and has a distinguished record of commitment to the finest traditions of the Bar through public service and professional activities.

YLS Civics Essay and Poster Content

1st Place: Noreen Samantha Bautista, Salmon River Central School
2nd Place: Abigail Sheusi, Holy Trinity Diocesan High School
3rd Place: Dylan Young, Half Hollow Hills High School East

1st Place: Emily DePaola, Katie Bilello, and Jacqueline O’Neill, Holy Trinity Diocesan High School
2nd Place: Mary Zarba and Rose Dara, Holy Trinity Diocesan High School
3rd Place: Alexandra Francese, Cornwall Central High School

1st Place: Guiliana M. Mertz, Schalmont High School
2nd Place: Alesha Louise Heacock, Fonda-Fultonville High School
3rd Place: Ronnie Holmes, Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School

1st Place: John Sullivan, Somers High School
2nd Place: Robert Weihrich II, Simon Kellrs, and Esther Jewett, Cohoes High School
3rd Place: Khadijan Blackshear, Thomas R. Proctor High School

1st Place: Christine Ma, Liverpool High School
2nd Place: Matt Foster, Sullivan West High School
3rd Place: Catherine Mattis, Liverpool High School

1st Place: Kelsey Durkin, Academy of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
2nd Place: Lauren Oh, Hazel Diaz, Kristina Lovrien & Rebecca Hunt, Indian River High School
3rd Place: Keeley Paull, Lansingburgh High School

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