Young Lawyers Section

About the Section

Whether you are fresh out of law school or coming to Delaware after years of practice in another jurisdiction, membership in the Young Lawyers Section provides newly admitted attorneys the opportunity to become acclimated to the practice of law in Delaware, meet their new colleagues, and learn about the activities of the Delaware State Bar Association. The YLS sponsors informative seminars relevant to the issues facing attorneys new to Delaware practice, provides resources to help them establish roots in the legal community, and promotes collegiality through a variety of social gatherings in all three counties. The YLS is non-practice specific, so its events present unique opportunities to work with attorneys from all areas of the legal spectrum.





Chair Frederick H. Mitsdarfer 
Co-Vice-Chairs, New Castle County Mari Boyle
Taylor D. Bolton
Vice-Chair, Kent & Sussex Counties Daniel M. Cole
Secretary Michael H. Walter
Treasurer Christine N. Chappelear
Immediate Past Chairs Roxanne M. Eastes
Callan R. Jackson

Join the Young Lawyers Section!

If you have been a member of the Delaware bar for ten years or less, we highly encourage you to join the YLS. Please contact LaTonya Tucker, Director of Bar Services and Membership, to join the Section. Dues are $15 annually and support the Section’s events.

If you’d like to know more about the Young Lawyers Section and its initiatives, please feel free to contact any of the current Officers or stop by one of our meetings, happy hours, or events.

Upcoming Events

The Summer Associate Judicial Panel and Reception will take place on Tuesday, July 23, 2024 @ 3:30 pm at The Grand Opera House.  Additional details to follow.  To volunteer, please contact Mari Boyle.

Section Events

  • Happy Hours: Happy hours are held regularly.  These informal events are a great way to meet new colleagues and for prospective members to find out more about the YLS.
  • Annual Toys for Tots Toy Drive and Happy Hour in Connection with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program: We will be collecting new and unwrapped toys for newborns through age 12 to donate to the Toys for Tots program this holiday season.
  • Annual Art Connolly Race Judicata 5K Run/Walk: The annual 5K road race to support the Delaware Law Related Education Center (DELREC) is held annually in/around April. Please check back for more information.
  • Summer Associate Judicial Panel and Reception: The YLS hosts this annual program each July. This special event provides summer interns from firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations with an opportunity to interact with members of the Delaware judiciary and learn what makes practicing in Delaware so unique. The program consists of a one-hour panel discussion and thirty-minute question and answer session, followed by a cocktail reception.

Volunteer with the Young Lawyers Section

The YLS welcomes volunteers interested in helping with its events and projects. Volunteering with the Section provides excellent networking opportunities and is a great service to the bar. To volunteer or learn how to get involved, please contact any of the current Officers.

*Check this page often for the most up-to-date information regarding Section events and initiatives!*

For information regarding Sections, please contact LaTonya Tucker, Director of Bar Services and Membership.
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The Survival Guide may be found here.

“You’re on Mute” links and further information from May issue of the DSBA Journal – CLICK HERE.