Message from the Chair

By Mellania E. Safarian
Clark Hill LLP

Hello New Lawyer Division:

As we head into the election season, I want to remind everyone how important it is to take the time to cast your votes and make your voices heard. There will be several eligible candidates vying for only two open positions as Members at Large on our Executive Committee. It is, therefore, imperative that you cast your votes when the election period opens up on October 3, 2019 and before it closes on October 24, 2019. Voting will take less than a minute of your time yet it will have a significant impact on the makeup of our Executive Committee for next year. I encourage each and every one of you to make your voices heard and cast your votes for the candidates of your choice.

Speaking of next year, I am very excited to announce that our very own Stephanie Sandler has been selected as Chair for the following year. Stephanie has significant leadership experience. Prior to becoming an attorney, she served on the board of various organizations. As an attorney, Stephanie continued to develop her leadership skills by serving on the New Lawyer Division as well as other law related organizations. Last year, she served on the Events subcommittee and then transitioned into a Member at Large position. Stephanie continued to serve as a Member at Large this year and led the Events subcommittee which is responsible for planning and overseeing all of our monthly events. She has done an excellent job this year and I am confident she will continue to do an excellent job next year as Chair. Stephanie will serve on the Executive Committee for the remainder of the year as Vice Chair. We are all very excited for all she will bring to the New Lawyer Division.

Although the election season is an exciting time of year for many, there are some who would like to volunteer their time and enter into leadership roles without having to formally enter into the election. If you would like to volunteer and develop your leadership skills, please reach out to me directly. We have several leadership opportunities available to you on any one of our various subcommittees. This is also a great opportunity for those of you who are interested in serving on the Executive Committee but are uncertain and/or ambivalent about the time commitment such a position would entail. Serving on one of our various subcommittees provides a way for you to get your feet wet before taking a deeper dive into the Executive Committee. The New Lawyer Division is currently looking to fill positions on the following subcommittees: (1) Marketing; (2) Events; (3) Programming; (4) Service; and (5) For the Record.

As always, I hope that you will continue to join us and be sure to look out for future emails with events, programming, and our monthly publication, For the Record.


Mellania Safarian

Chair of the New Lawyer Division