2021-2022 ABA-IPL Appointments

An Invitation from the Chair-Elect — a Call for Leadership Recommendations: 

An opportunity to volunteer or nominate others to leadership positions 

I look forward to my term as Section Chair in 2021-2022 and the opportunity to work with all members of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law. One of the first--and one of the most important--opportunities that I will have during my tenure as Section Chair is to select individuals to serve as leaders of the Section.

Get Involved Today

I am writing to invite you to nominate yourself or another member of the Section to join the Section’s leadership ranks. The Section has an array of leadership roles that permit members to become actively involved in the Section’s practice-focused activities, publications, policy-making and other professional education and enrichment activities.

Leadership positions are available on committees and boards and as liaisons with other professional entities, both within and outside the ABA. We have six substantive divisions, each consisting of multiple individual committees. The only prerequisite for joining a committee is current ABA and Section membership. 

Be Rewarded

The work of the Section comes from volunteering to serve as a member or a leader of one of the Section’s committees or boards. Participation in a leadership position will provide you will a valuable return.  It will enable you to contribute to the evolution of IP law, develop lasting relationships with others in the field, and gain practice knowledge and insights that are unavailable elsewhere.

Lead and Help Identify Other Leaders

As Chair-Elect, I am dedicated to recruit and appoint a diverse class of leaders to serve during the 2021-2022 Association year. I encourage both those who have been involved and those looking to get involved in completing an application. Each year, roughly half of these leadership positions are open for appointment. Please submit your completed form by January 31, 2021.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact ­­­­­­Ayesha Naqeeb.

I appreciate your involvement and commitment to the Section, and I look forward to working with you in 2021-2022.

Very truly yours, 

Kim Jessum | Chair-Elect | ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law

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Committee Chair Appointment Process Time Line:

  • By January 31, 2021: submit a leadership application or recommendation
  • February-March 2021: review of candidates
  • April - June 2021: Appointments finalized and appointees notified
  • August 2-3, 2021: ABA Annual Meeting-- Leaders begin their roles at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting.