Fellowship Opportunities Abound for Young Lawyers in the ABA
By Julia A. Bahner
Julia A. Bahner is an associate editor of The Affiliate and the ABA YLD district representative for Washington and Oregon. Ms. Bahner practices law in the Seattle area and can be reached at julbahner@hotmail.com.
Several ABA sections have developed fellowship programs, the goals of which are to provide active young lawyers an opportunity to become involved in the substantive work of the respective ABA section, to develop future leaders of that section, and to enhance knowledge about the work of the section among members of the YLD. These programs are extremely successful in meeting these goals and provide a significant benefit to the sections that have implemented them. A short overview of each fellowship program is provided below, as well as this year’s deadlines.
Section of Litigation
The Litigation Section Leadership Development Program (the “Leadership Program”) enables five young lawyers to become actively and integrally involved in the Section’s meetings and committee activities. Leadership Program participants are required to attend all Section meetings and become an active participating member of one or more Section committees. Each participant is required to work on a designated project for the Section. The participants are funded to the Section’s meetings. In selecting participants for the Leadership Program, the Section considers prior participation in the Section, prior participation in the YLD Litigation Committee, participation and involvement in other offices or committees in the ABA, and determination, commitment, and enthusiasm. Preference is given to candidates who, without the scholarship, would otherwise be unable to attend or actively participate in the Section. The deadline for submitting applications for this year is May 31, 2007. For more information about the program, visit the Section’s webpage at www.abanet.org/litigation/home.html .
General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division (GP|Solo)
The GP|Solo Division recently announced its inaugural Fellows Program to provide leadership opportunities for young lawyers. The GP|Solo Division is committed to increasing the participation of young lawyers in Division activities. This program will provide young lawyers the opportunity to become actively and integrally involved in the Division’s meetings and committees. The Division will select two Fellows this year. This year’s application deadline is April 30, 2007. Fellows will be notified no later than May 31, 2007. For more information about the program and a link to the application go to www.abanet.org/genpractice/younglawyers/ylfellowship.html .
Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law (RPPT)
The RPPT Section has adopted a Fellows Program that calls for four Fellows (two of whom will be minorities) to serve two-year terms with the Section. Each Fellow will be granted an annual stipend of $1,500 in return for which the Fellow will be expected to attend the RPPT Spring and Fall Meetings, work actively in committees, help the Section work more closely with the YLD, and help recruit more members to the Section. The Section will appoint a mentor for each Fellow, and each will be assigned to a substantive committee. This year’s deadline for submitting applications is July 22, 2007. For more information about the program, visit www.abanet.org/rppt/section_info/fellows/home.html .
Section of Labor & Employment Law
The Section’s Fellows program is designed to give young lawyers who practice labor and employment law the opportunity to become familiar with and actively involved in the Section. Up to three individuals will be selected each year for a two-year Fellowship with the Section. Participants will be assigned to a substantive committee within the Section and will be assigned a mentor. Participants will be expected to attend the midyear meetings for the committee on which the individual is placed as well as an orientation session on the Sunday of the Annual Meeting. This year’s deadline for submitting applications is August 31, 2007. For more information about the program, visit www.abanet.org/labor/fellowship.html .
Law Practice Management Section (LPM)
The LPM Section has established a Fellowship program called the Leadership Mentoring Program. The program is presented by LPM’s Diversity Committee and its Young Lawyer/Law Student Division and was established to develop and mentor young lawyers and ethnically diverse members to be future leaders of the Section. The “Leadership Appointee” will receive funding to attend LPM’s Fall and Spring Meetings. Each appointee will be paired up with a mentor and will serve on a Section committee, as well as either the Section’s Diversity Committee or Young Lawyer/Law Student Division. This year’s deadline for submitting applications is June 1, 2007. For more information about the program and a link to the application, go to www.abanet.org/lpm/yl/home.shtml .
Section of Business Law
The goal of the program is to increase the participation of young lawyers in Section activities. The Section is committed to investing dollars in young lawyers who are expected to participate actively in the substantive work of the Section and to grow into future leadership positions within the Section. The program is designed not only to develop future leaders of the Section but also to enhance the image of the Section among members of the YLD to attract young lawyers into Section membership. The Section selects five Fellows and funds their expenses to participate in Section activities for two years. This year’s deadline for submitting applications is July 6, 2007. For more information about the program, visit www.abanet.org/buslaw/committees/CL715000pub/fellows.shtml .
The Section of Intellectual Property Law (IPL)
The program was created to help encourage young lawyers to become actively and integrally involved in the Section’s meetings and committees. Participants in the IPL Young Lawyer Fellowship Program will be expected to attend the IPL Midwinter Meeting and Summer IPL Conference for two consecutive years, as well as any stand-alone meetings of their committees. This year’s deadline was January 19, 2007. The Section will begin accepting applications for next year sometime this summer. Contact Robert Fergan for more information at 734/302-6036 or rfergan@brinkshofer.com and keep checking the Section website, at www.abanet.org/intelprop/home.html , for updates.
Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)
The TIPS NOW! Scholarship program provides leadership opportunities for young lawyers. TIPS NOW! is a leadership initiative that brings young leaders into TIPS. Five to ten Fellows will be chosen each year and will be diverse in terms of practice area (plaintiff, defense, and corporate counsel), gender, and race, and will have demonstrated involvement in bar association and nonbar-related activities. The Fellows will be appointed to funded positions on TIPS standing committees, such as Membership and Long Range Planning. They will help with membership initiatives and will also serve on the TIPS Task Force on Outreach to Young Lawyers. In addition, the TIPS NOW! Fellows will work together as a committee to produce a tangible work product for TIPS during the course of the year. The Fellows will be required to attend meetings held in conjunction with the ABA Midyear and Annual Meetings, as well as a Fall Conference, typically held in October, and a Spring Conference, typically held in May. The deadline for submitting nominations for this year was February 17, 2007. For more information about the program and for next year’s deadline, go the Section’s website at www.abanet.org/tips/younglawyer/tipsnow.html.
 

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