FORMER YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION leaders showed their support for new YLD President Iris Elijah (center accepting the gavel from outgoing President Todd Baker) at the division’s annual “pass the gavel” ceremony at the Annual Convention in Orlando. Elijah, an associate general counsel for Florida International University since 2018, Elijah detailed several initiatives she intends to pursue, including new government lawyer CLEs that focus on retirement and trust accounting; “reimagining” a 2015 Survey on Women in the Legal Profession; strengthening the YLD’s new Council of Affiliates; and a new financial webinar series that includes managing student debt.

YLD President Iris Elijah — described by a mentor as “authentic, brilliant, and charismatic” — vowed at her June 24 swearing in ceremony at the Annual Convention that under her leadership, the division will remain the “workhorse” of The Florida Bar.

“The YLD has always and will continue to thrive where creativity and leadership are necessary,” she said. “And you can expect the same dynamic responsiveness to the needs of young lawyers, in a substantive way, with clear next steps, during my year as president.”