Re: young and hungry non-AAR agents. Veteran agent Janet Reid of Fineprint added this to the comments section:
"Young and hungry agents who are looking for clients may indeed not be members of AAR, but what you can ask them (BEFORE SIGNING!) is what literary agency they have worked in. Interned in or worked in. I'm always rather taken aback by people who decide they can be literary agents without actually having been inside an agent's office."
Oh, and she said my post was "nicely written." I can float around on that all day. Thanks Ms. Reid!