The Membership Committee is responsible for implementing a membership plan for the DAYBL, which includes a strategy for building and sustaining membership through the retention of existing members and recruitment of new members who will advance DAYBL's mission. The Membership Committee is also responsible for maintaining a current membership roster and implementing any membership initiatives as approved by the Board.
The Fundraising Committee is responsible for developing DAYBL's fundraising strategy as well as organizing and implementing that strategy through activities and initiatives.
The Social Committee is responsible for organizing and implementing DAYBL's social endeavors and engagements.
The Mentoring Committee is responsible for organizing and implementing various events and programs related to the educational, mentoring and charitable endeavors of DAYBL.
The Moneywise program was developed by the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Texas and educates high school students about financial responsibility, credit card management, savings, fraud and similar issues. Members of our mentoring committee volunteer their time and travel to local high schools to educate students on these important issues. The response to these presentations has been very positive. DAYBL is working this year to develop relationships with more local high schools in order to share this program with more students in DFW. The Moneywise presentation can be found at www.savewisely.com.
Every two years, DAYBL presents a Bankruptcy Trial Skills CLE Course in conjunction with the John C. Ford American Inn of Court. The course is designed to teach young practitioners how to improve their trial skills. The program features federal district and bankruptcy judges, prominent members of the non-bankruptcy bar and bankruptcy bar alike, and culminates in a mock trial written by one of the bankruptcy judges. The response to the CLE has been overwhelming and a waiting list is usually required.
DAYBL supports SMU Dedman School of Law’s participation in the national Hon. Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition in the form of financial and moral support. More specifically, DAYBL members act as judges during practice rounds, assist in the coaching the teams, and, in conjunction with SMU, financially support the teams’ travel to New York City for the competition.
DAYBL hosts an annual panel discussion at SMU Law School, Texas A&M University School of Law, and the University of North Texas at Dallas School of Law to provide law students with an overview of bankruptcy practice. The goal of the program is to expose law students to bankruptcy law as a potential career path. Past panelists have included Northern District Bankruptcy Court Judges, restructuring professionals, creditor’s attorneys, debtor’s attorneys, and trustees. Each panelist discusses his or her role in the bankruptcy system and shares his or her unique perspective on bankruptcy law with the students.
As part of its continued efforts to reach out to students interested in bankruptcy, DAYBL has created an informal program to pair law students with practicing bankruptcy attorneys. Interested students are encouraged to contact us to be paired with an attorney mentor who will be available to meet and discuss any questions they may have about bankruptcy in an informal setting.
The Pro Bono Committee is responsible for organizing and implementing DAYBL's pro bono efforts and coordinating such efforts with other organizations, including the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. Each year, DAYBL raises money to support DVAP through proceeds raised at its annual Casino Night event.