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RPTE Welcomes the 2014-2016
Class of Fellows!
The Section is excited to announce the 2014-2016 class of RPTE Fellows! There was a record number of 50 applications submitted, all of which were outstanding. After much discussion, the following individuals have been chosen to represent the Section for the 2014-2016 bar years:
Trust & Estate Fellows
Withers Bergman LLP
New Haven, CT
Toni Ann Kruse
McDermott, Will & Emery
New York, NY
Jonathan ("JP") Lee
Sojourner, Caughman & Thomas
Real Property Fellows
Zucker, Goldberg & Ackerman
Martin & Bochnewich
Indian Wells, CA
Oak Brook, IL
Baton Rouge, LA
Rao & Pierce
The Section also sends a huge thank you to the 2014 selection committee: Ryan Walsh, Kathy Law, Rana Salti, Hugh Drake, Liz Ochoa, Robert Nemzin, Orlando Lucero, Jo Ann Englehardt, Joey Lubinski and Marjorie Bardwell.
About the Fellows Program
The ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Fellows Program encourages the active involvement and participation of young lawyers in Section activities. The goal of the program is to give young lawyers an opportunity to become involved in the substantive work of the RPTE Section, while developing into future leaders.
RPTE Fellows are assigned to work with a substantive Committee Chair, who serve as mentors and help expose them to all aspects of committee membership; get involved in substantive projects, which could include writing for a RPTE publication; become Section liaisons to the ABA Young Lawyers Division or local bar associations; become active members of the Membership Committee; and attend important Section leadership meetings.
RPTE Fellows will:
- Be assigned to work with a substantive Committee Chair, who will serve as a mentor and help expose you to all aspects of committee membership
- Get involved in a substantive project, which could include writing for a RPTE publication
- Become a Section liaison to the ABA Young Lawyers Division or your local bar association
- Become an active member of the Membership Committee
- Attend important Section leadership meetings
The Fellowship appointment is for two years. To be considered for selection, a person must (1) have practiced in the trusts and estates or real property area for at least one year, (2) be younger than 36 years of age or have been admitted to the bar less than 10 years, and (3) have demonstrated leadership at the state or local bar level or in the ABA Young Lawyers Division. Applicants need not be ABA or RPTE members, yet we require accepted Fellows to become dues paying members of both the ABA and RPTE. All Fellows will receive reimbursement of up to $2,000 annually to attend Section meetings.
The Section promotes full and equal participation in our membership, the association, our profession, and the justice system by all persons. As such, we are committed to ensuring that no less than half of the Fellows chosen each year are diverse.
Questions about the Fellows Program? Contact Hillary Clark at Hillary.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.