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New Lawyers Division (NLD)

Open to regular members barred less than 10 years or under 35 years old. This group focuses on networking, membership, fundraising, education, and public service.

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Jared J. Smith

McCoy Hiestand & Smith, PLC Louisville, KY
Chair, New Lawyers Division PAC DONOR

Jared practices personal injury with a concentration on wrongful death, medical malpractice, and sexual assault litigation. As chair of the New Lawyers Division, he values the energy of new lawyers and understands the unique challenges they face. "The NLD may more aptly be titled 'The Future of AAJ.' Our caucus is the starting point to our members practice and their involvement in AAJ, and we want to ensure they are engaged and know that our caucus is a place to feel comfortable to communicate and network with other lawyers regarding all challenges they may be facing."

Community Center
Connect with the NLD Community: Expand Your Network and Have Fun

The NLD has an active presence on AAJ's Community Center. The caucus list server allows members from around the country to connect in real-time on the issues trial lawyers everyday. Caucus members frequently post articles and videos to the caucus blog, highlight recent trials and practical insights. Watch this video and preview some of the exciting content available in the Community Center.

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2022-2023 Caucus Leadership

  • Chair: Jared J. Smith | McCoy Hiestand & Smith, Louisville, KY
  • Chair-Elect: Leslie Pescia | Thomas Law Offices, PLLC, Louisville, KY
  • Treasurer: John E. Abaray | Abaray Craddock & Smith, PLLC, Louisville, KY
  • Secretary: Ingrid A. Halstrom | Halstrom Law Office, PC, Boston, MA
  • Immediate Past Chair & Representative to the Executive Committee: Ashleigh Raso | Meshbesher & Spence, Ltd., Minneapolis, MN
  • Representatives to the AAJ Board of Governors:
    Amanda Fox Perry | Fay Law Group, PA, Rockville, MD
    Michael Grieco | Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, Chicago, IL
    Dominic C. LoVerde | Power Rogers, LLP, Chicago, IL
    Jared M. Placitella | Cohen Placitella & Roth, PC, Red Bank, NJ
Events and Publications
One Caucus, Many Ways to Participate

The NLD's virtual happy hours, membership drives, educational panels, public services projects, meetings, and convention events are a great way to get to know other AAJ members. The caucus's newsletter is distributed to the more than 4,500 caucuses members, plus caucus members help plan webinars and other Education programs. Write an article, submit a topic suggestion, or apply to speak. With the NLD, you can expand your network and have fun.

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Join the NLD closed Facebook group to keep up-to-date with caucus events and activities. Facebook Group