Faehner to lead the YLD

first_img July 15, 2004 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Faehner to lead YLD ‘It can get done, and it will get done’ Associate Editor Michael Faehner, a 34-year-old self-described “child of the ’60s for three whole months,” became the youngest president and first law student to serve as leader of the Young Lawyers Division.On behalf of the 20,000 lawyers of the YLD, Faehner said quality-of-life issues are paramount to his colleagues who want to spend more time with their families.Voted the most productive YLD member in 2002 and elected president without opposition, Faehner, of Clearwater, pledged to help “revolutionize” the profession “so that the 2,500-hour billing year is gone.”Pointing with pride to a rainbow of races that include African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American on the YLD board that is also equally male and female, Faehner said the young lawyers do mirror society.The entire Florida Bar, however, “needs to address that issue, and we want to help the Bar achieve that goal.”A University of Florida law student in the graduate tax program, Faehner said, “There is something fundamentally wrong with the system” when law school graduates with “$100,000 in student loan debt want a job in legal aid or the government, but can’t.”Representing a section that cares about public service, Faehner pointed to the $25,000 the YLD has committed to Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson’s project with the “Kids Deserve Justice” specialty license tag to raise money for the legal representation of children, administered by The Florida Bar Foundation.“Kelly, the YLD stands ready to help you and the Foundation out,” Faehner promised.Another goal, he said, will be reaching out to law students.“It’s important for law students to know what they are getting themselves into. We will give them attorneys’ perspectives on how to practice law.”Also committed to protecting the independence of the judiciary and making sure the courts are fully funded, Faehner said there will be a YLD Legislative Day, “so those voices of young lawyers will be heard.”In introducing Faehner, YLD Past President Liz Rice said, “I knew from first meeting Mike that he would have no trouble ascending to the highest ranks of YLD.”Rice predicted: “He is going to make the YLD shine.”In that spirit, Faehner said his slogan and promise for his year as YLD president is: “It can get done, and it will get done.” Faehner to lead the YLDlast_img

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