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  • February 2013

Young Lawyers Network

Spotlight on 2011-2013 RPTE Fellow Javier Tapia

It has been an honor to have been selected as a Fellow of the Real Property Trust and Estate (RPTE) Section of the American Bar Association for 2011-2013. First and foremost, serving as a Fellow has given me exposure to how vast and dynamic the field of trusts and estates can be. All facets of trusts and estates are well represented within the Section, giving the young attorney valuable exposure to the numerous professional opportunities within this field. Furthermore, serving as a Fellow has allowed me to meet some of the leading practitioners and thought leaders in the trust and estates field throughout the country. To be able to consider such leading figures as professional contacts is a tremendous resource for a young attorney, and it has proven to be one of the most valuable aspects of serving as a Section Fellow.

In addition to meeting experienced practitioners, serving as a Section Fellow gives young attorneys the opportunity to work side-by-side with industry leaders as well as other young and ambitious Fellows and Section members to collaborate and prepare significant work products including: summaries of new tax legislation and relevant case law; preparing submissions to the IRS and other government agencies; and presenting before the Section at the Spring Symposium or through published articles in Probate & Property. While collaborating with other Section members is often be done by teleconference, the opportunity to travel and meet with peers and colleagues at exciting and beautiful locals, such as at recent Section meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona and Palm Beach, Florida, only makes the Fellowship experience that much more enjoyable and memorable.

I would certainly encourage any young attorneys interested in the RPTE Section of the ABA and to get involved by applying to be a Section Fellow. I look forward to making myself available as a resource to future Fellows, and salute the hard work that the Section staff does in making the Fellowship experience possible.

Javier R. Tapia
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Dallas, TX