YLD continues work on retooling PWP program November 1, 2003 Regular News YLD continues work on retooling PWP program The Young Lawyers Division has fine- tuned a proposal for revamping its Practicing with Professionalism and basic skills course requirements, including partially doing away with the deferment for government lawyers.YLD President-elect Michael Faehner told the Bar Board of Governors last month the division is continuing to meet with the Government Lawyer, Criminal Law, and City, County and Local Government Law sections.The division expects to present its final version for debate at the board’s December 5 meeting.The YLD, at the urging of the Program Evaluation Committee, originally proposed reducing its PWP program from two days to one with an increased emphasis on professionalism and less on law office practice skills. It would offset the shorter PWP by requiring new Bar members to take three basic skills level courses, instead of two, during their first three years of Bar membership.Government lawyers currently have a deferral from both PWP and the basic skill course requirements. The YLD had proposed continuing the deferment for the basic skills courses, but dropping the deferment for PWP.Faehner told the board, after further discussions with government lawyer groups, the YLD now wants to drop the requirement that government lawyers, once they leave public service, take the basic skills courses if they have worked for a government agency for six or more years.In response to a question, he also said the requirement to take PWP would not be retroactive, and would only affect new Bar members who take a job with a public agency.Board member Don Horn, who is a supervisory assistant state attorney in the 11th Circuit, asked why public agencies couldn’t devise their own professionalism programs geared toward government lawyers.Faehner replied that by reducing PWP from two days to one, it has become more of a general, universal program.“If we try to specialize, we will be running 15 programs,” he said.He added that having one program for all practice areas will help foster a sense of community among new Bar members.On another matter, Faehner requested and the board approved allowing the YLD to suspend enforcement of a rule that mandates removal of any YLD Board of Governors members who misses four meetings. Faehner said the rule didn’t foresee a convergence of problems: Five YLD board members are pregnant, three with some complications, and because of scheduling the YLD board has three meetings within a three-month period.Concerns were raised, Faehner said, that the rule could violate federal gender anti-discrimination laws.He also reported to the board that the YLD, at its January government affairs symposium, will revisit Article V funding issues, the subject of last January’s gathering. That will come as the YLD board meets in Orlando.Faehner also announced that the YLD would be having its affiliate outreach meeting in October, and that the ABA would be having a national affiliate outreach program at which the YLD’s President’s Round Table project would be recognized as one of the nation’s best programs. In addition, the YLD is supporting Bar President Miles McGrane’s For the Children campaign by instituting an award recognizing the best local young lawyer project that helps children.