ANTITRUST LAW SECTION

Young Lawyer & Economist Representative (YLR) Program

Did you know that the ABA Antitrust Law Section (the Section) is celebrating 10 years of our Young Lawyer Representative Program (YLR Program)?  That’s 10 years of connecting over 470 young lawyers and economists with Section leadership through professional and substantive development!

So what exactly is the YLR Program? YLRs are young lawyers and economists⸺practitioners who are under 36 years of age or have been practicing for fewer than 10 years⸺who are paired with one of the Section’s 37 Committees, Special Operations Teams, and Task Forces.  While most Committees, Special Operations Teams, and Task Forces have one dedicated YLR, some have two for the year based on need.  And there are also roles for dedicated international and CLE program YLRs.  The YLRs work as part of the Committee and Task Force leadership in creating content, carrying out programming and engaging in membership outreach. 

Some of the exciting activities YLRs have taken on just in the past year include:

  • Organizing and moderating panels for teleconferences
  • Participating in Spring Meeting panel planning and creating materials for panels at the Spring Meeting
  • Organizing, drafting articles for, and publishing quarterly Committee newsletters
  • Interviewing prominent Section members and drafting articles discussing the interviews
  • Contributing to and drafting comments the ABA has filed in response to requests for comments from regulatory bodies as well as in response to foreign law proposals
  • Spearheading approaches to engaging potential new Section members, including J.D. and international LL.M. students in the U.S. at various universities
  • Contributing to the Section’s membership and diversity initiatives, including coordinating and participating in the mentor/mentee program
  • Spearheading the Young Lawyer Advisory Panel (“YLAP”), which helps recruit law students and lawyers in their first three years of practice to join the Section and become a member of YLAP

The YLR Program offers its participants unparalleled opportunities to engage with Section leadership and to impact the initiatives and direction the Section takes in a given year.  And all have countless opportunities to build professional relationships and deepen their engagement with the antitrust bar to enhance their career satisfaction.  But don’t just take my word for it.  Let’s hear from some who have been there:

"After working with several Committees as a young lawyer, I became a YLR on the Insurance and Financial Services Committee during the YLR program’s first year.  It provided me the opportunity to work on a wonderful leadership team, chaired by Renata Hesse and Elai Katz, as well as lead several interesting Committee initiatives.  It also provided a springboard to continuing in Section leadership, and helped prepare me to be a Vice Chair and then a Chair.  The most meaningful aspect of the YLR program to me was the many terrific practitioners I interacted with, many of whom I continue to work with (and am friends with) today."

Creighton Macy,
Co-Chair, Trade, Sports, and Professional Associations Committee,
Partner and Chair of the North America Antitrust & Competition Practice Group,
Baker McKenzie

"Ten years ago, I had the privilege of serving as Counsel to Section Chair Allan Van Fleet and through this role helped set up the YLR program, which has delivered more success than we could’ve imagined.  It’s a perfect “win-win” (or, to use some AmEx terminology, there are great benefits on both sides of this two-sided market!). The Section and its Committees gain huge benefits from YLRs’ participation – everything (and more) from tech- and social media-savvy expertise, youthful enthusiasm in tackling significant projects such as programs and newsletter articles, and an abundance of fresh eyes and ideas.  Nor can the benefits to the YLRs themselves be overstated – Section leadership, publishing and speaking opportunities, and networking with experienced antitrust practitioners (private and government) can seem like an impenetrable fortress to a young antitrust lawyer.  The YLR program changed that; it broke down those walls by putting young antitrust lawyers in the driver’s seat of their own career development."

Nick Grimmer
Vice-Chair, Pricing Conduct Committee
Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division
Texas Office of the Attorney General

"After volunteering as a law student with consumer protection projects in the Antitrust Law Section, I became a young lawyer representative on the Consumer Protection Committee in 2015. As a YLR, I was able to assist the committee in membership initiatives for young lawyers, and stay up-to-date of recent developments in privacy and consumer protection law—something that has helped me greatly in private practice. 

I next became co-coordinator of the YLR program, where I trained and assisted the YLRs in fulfilling their duties on their respective committees. Most recently, I was appointed to be a vice-chair on the Consumer Protection Committee. As a vice-chair, I am guiding new YLRs in their projects, and I am organizing programs on privacy and data ownership.

Being a young lawyer representative was my first step on my path to section leadership, and most importantly, the position has led me to develop professional relationships and friendships with experts on consumer protection in the section, including Svetlana Gans, Trish Conners, Tony Di Domenico, and Kay Lynn Brumbaugh."

Michael Sherling
Vice-Chair, Consumer Protection Committee
Perkins Coie LLP

"I was first introduced to the Section as a law student, attending Spring Meeting for the first time in 2014, including the kick-off event for young lawyers.  I quickly began volunteering and, after starting as a first-year associate, contributed by editing portions of the ALD revisions in 2015/2016.  This work gave me the opportunity to develop my substantive knowledge in IP/Antitrust and the connections I made encouraged me to apply to become a YLR for the Section.  I then spent two years as a YLR, first for the International Committee and then the Health Care and Pharmaceuticals Committee.  Throughout this time, I continued to take advantage of the many invaluable publication, programming, and networking opportunities offered to young lawyers.

In my current role as one of the YLR Co-Coordinators, I work with YLRs to ensure they have a rewarding experience in their roles—just like I did—and am proud to serve as a resource for the Section’s next generation of leadership.  Being a part of the Section, starting with my role as a YLR, has helped shape my practice and has allowed me to make lasting connections with Section members who have become mentors and friends."

Jana Seidl
YLR Co-Coordinator, Committee Operations
Baker Botts LLP

If you have any questions about the program, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Svetlana Gans (sgans@ncta.com), Jana Seidl (jana.seidl@bakerbotts.com), Jesse Beringer (JBeringer@foley.com), Jonathan Justl (jonathan.justl@morganlewis.com), or Krisztian Katona (kkatona@ftc.gov).