RPTE eReport | December 2012
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  • December 2012

Young Lawyers Network

Spotlight on 2012-2014 RPTE Fellows: Keya Koul and Robbie Barton

I have had appointments through the ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) for the past three years, but as I prepare to age out of the division, I wanted to find a home in the larger association. The RPTE Fellowship Program has given me that home. During and after the 2012 Fall Leadership Meeting, I reached out to several Section leaders in order to get involved and hit the ground running. Everyone has been very responsive to my requests to get involved. In fact I am now on the Host Committee and the Marketing Task Force for the 2013 Spring Symposium.

My experience with the ABA YLD allows me to assist in the Section’s efforts to reach out to young lawyers and create a leadership pipeline for the Section. I am also involved with the management of the Section’s LinkedIn page which is a very important social media tool to reach young lawyers. As the Associate Editor of the ABA YLD Affiliate Newsletter, I am currently working on an article for publication in the next issue that highlights the RPTE Fellowship Program so that other young lawyers may have the opportunity to get involved as well.

All in all, my experience so far with the RPTE Fellowship Program has been an amazing one, and I look forward to everything the Section has to offer in the years to come.

Keya Koul
Castle Stawiarski, LLC
Albuquerque, NM

I am very excited to be selected a RPTE Fellow for 2012-2014. Though my time as a Fellow has been brief, in putting together my workplan for the upcoming year, I had an opportunity to reflect on what a tremendous experience the Fellows program has already been. As part of my assignment to the Trust and Estate Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group, I have worked with the Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs to review and comment on newly revised National Probate Court Standards. The Fellows Program also provided the opportunity to attend my first Fall Leadership Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida. In addition to outstanding accommodations, the Fall Leadership Meeting provided an excellent launch pad for my participation in the Fellows program. Through the meetings, meals and activities, I met dozens of colleagues and new friends. The meeting also connected me with others who shared my professional interests, some of whom I will be working to collaborate with on articles and presentations in the upcoming year. All of this would not have been possible without the unique opportunities presented by the Fellows program. As I continue to work in the Section as a Fellow, I hope to have an opportunity to work with as many of you as possible.

Robbie Barton
Holland & Knight LLP
Los Angeles, CA