Spokane County Young Lawyers Division

A division of the Spokane County Bar Association, the SYLD provides new and young lawyers with networking and referral opportunities, social connections, and low-cost CLEs on topics of special interest to those who are new to practice. Members of the SCBA who are under the age of 36 or within the first five years of practice (whichever occurs later) are automatically members of the SYLD without further dues or registration.


If you fit the definition of an SYLD member and are not already receiving emails from us, please contact Megan Sennett ( msennett@whc-attorneys.com ) to have your name added to our list.


The SYLD Board meets on the third Thursday of every month at various locations. All members and potential members are encouraged to attend board meetings. SYLD also hosts several regular events for members, including networking socials, Spokane Chiefs Hockey Night, and the Intro to Courts CLE. Please watch the Calendar Call and our Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/SpokaneYLD ) for meeting and event notices.


The SYLD operates several standing committees. All SYLD members are eligible to serve on a committee.

CLE Committee:

The CLE Committee plans the Intro to Courts CLE in the fall, and a spring CLE. The committee coordinates volunteers, establishes content, and handles logistics of CLEs, in addition to securing approval of credits from WSBA. For more information and to join the CLE Committee, contact committee co-chairs Matt Mensik and Ben McDonnell.



Membership Committee:

The SYLD Membership Committee works to increase involvement of SYLD members in the Division's activities. This includes planning social and networking events, looking for partnerships with other professional organizations, and suggesting ways to increase the Division's value to its members. For more information and to join the Membership Committee, contact committee chair Shaun Greer.


Awards Committee:

The Awards Committee is responsible for making nominations of individuals, with the direction and involvement of the Board, for local or state-wide awards. The Awards Committee will also create a framework for at least one local award for the SYLD to give by the end of the fiscal year. For more information and to join the Awards Committee, contact committee chair Steve Sennett.


Scholarship Committee:

The Scholarship Committee develops scholarship programs to be sponsored by SYLD. The Committee considers various options for recipients and qualifications, solicits applicants, selects recipients and presents the scholarships. For more information and to join the Scholarship Committee, contact committee chair Sarah Cuellar.


Public Service Committee:

The Public Service Committee is charged with making sure the SYLD membership is aware of pro bono and public service opportunities. The Committee will also plan at least one community service activity for SYLD membership. For more information and to join the Public Service Committee, contact committee co-chairs Melanie Weigand and Kelsey Kittleson.


Law Day Committee:

The Law Day Chair plans the content of Law Day presentations in May of every year, coordinates invitations to local high schools for presentations, and secures volunteers for the day of the event. For more information and to join the Law Day Committee, contact committee chair Matt Mensik.


Fundraising Committee:

The Fundraising Committee identifies and develops fundraising opportunities for the SYLD, including securing donations and sponsorships. For more information and to join the Fundraising Committee, contact committee chair Kristen Cusick. .