As 1998 begins, Section members are urged to remember the RPPT committees as they plan for the new year. Here are a few ideas for new year's resolutions:
- join an RPPT committee;
- become more active in a committee;
- join a group committee list serve (e-mail access required);
- attend a committee meeting;
- participate in the planning or execution of a committee CLE program;
- encourage a colleague to join a committee; or
- write an article on behalf of a committee for Probate & Property or the RPPT Journal.
Committees are the life blood of the Section. Joining a committee is the best way to get involved, meet other RPTE membersand enhance one's career. To receive a Guide to Committees and a committee preference questionnaire, call Stacy Walter Woodward, Committee Manager, at (312) 988-5260 or log on to: http:// www.abanet.org/rppt/cmtes. html and register on-line. Group Committee list serves Debut The RPPT Technology Committee announces the creation of its new group committee list serves. To enhance communication between RPPT committee members, a list serve for each group of committees has been established.
A list serve is an electronic communication discussion list that allows people to communicate with one another via e-mail. It is an easy and very effective way for members of a large group to discuss issues. The group committee list serves were created to facilitate the exchange of topical cases, practical tips, concerns and other legal infor-mation between members of various committees. Committee business information will also be disseminated on the lists. The list serves provide opportunities for lawyers interested in committee projects and substantive issues to network with other lawyers who have similar interests and practice areas.
Section committee members who are interested in joining the lists under which their committees fall should simply follow the instructions below. (Membership in one of the committees in the group list serve is required to join. All committee members with e-mail access are encouraged to join a list. To subscribe on the Internet using a web browser:
1. Log on to the RPPT web site at http://www.abanet.org/rppt/home. html;
2. Click on the "RPPT on the Net" box;
3. This will take you to the page of list serves and external sites (http:// www.abanet.org/rppt/net.html);
4. Click on the link "RPPT List serve/Discussion Groups" (http:// www.abanet.org/rppt/listserves.html);
5. Scroll down the page and find the "Committee Group list serves." Once there, click on "Real Property Group list serves" or "Probate & Trust Group list serves" and follow the directions.
To subscribe directly through e-mail, send an e-mail message to email@example.com with a line reading, "subscribe a [or whatever group you are a member of, but in this format] " in the body of the message. Do not put anything in the subject line of the message. For example, someone subscribing to the Probate & Trust Group B list serve would e-mail: subscribe rppt-pt-groupb firstname.lastname@example.org, sending the message to: listserv @abanet.org. Members who do not have e-mail will not be able to participate.
For more information on joining a group committee list serve, contact Stacy Walter Woodward, Committee Manager, at (312) 988-5260 or stacywalter@staff. abanet. org or Maura McHugh, Committee Assistant, at (312) 988-5651 or mchughm@staff. abanet.org.
Fall Council Meeting
The Section held its 1997 Fall Council Meeting November 12-16 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Section Council, Executive Committee, Real Property and Probate and Trust Subcouncils and Standing Committees met during this event. A full report on the Nominating Committee meeting activities will appear in the spring.
The 1998 Spring CLE and Committee Meeting will be held in San Antonio, Texas on May 13-17. For more information on the spring meeting, log onto http://www.abanet.org/rppt/spring98.html and watch for more details in the March/April issue of Probate & Property.
Section News Editor: Stacy Walter Woodward, Committee Manager, 750 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60611.
Probate & Property Magazine is published six times annually and is included in section members' annual dues.