Young Lawyers

As a young IP lawyer, you are the future of the profession and of the Section. To help foster your career and professionalism, the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) has gathered all the educational materials, volunteer and leadership positions, and career resources relevant to you into one place—helping you more easily navigate through your current  professional endeavors and prepare for those to come.

Get Involved in the Section Immediately!

Join the Young Lawyer Action Group (YLAG):

  • The Young Lawyer Action Group (YLAG) is an energetic committee led by young lawyers in the IP field
  • YLAG is here to help you learn about opportunities to become more involved within the Section.
  • Join monthly conference calls as a way to learn of opportunities and become involved in IP Section activities.
  • YLAG's website includes links to our group on LinkedIn, and a link to our feed on Twitter @ABA_IPL_YLAG.

Welcome, young lawyers!

Are you a new lawyer focusing on trademark, copyright, or patents? Are you looking for opportunities to develop your skills in those areas and network with other new and seasoned lawyers? You are at the right place.

With more than 1,000 members, YLAG is one of the most vibrant and active young lawyers' groups in the entire ABA. Despite its size, getting involved really is as simple as speaking up to take on a project or opportunity. Interested in writing? Write a blog post, work with a mentor to write for Landslide magazine, or even author a book. Prefer speaking? Get your feet wet as a moderator or panelist for our long-running webinar series, or speak live at a conference. If you'd rather perform research or influence Section policy, we'll link you up with substantive committees working in those areas.

To learn more about the many opportunities available to young lawyers, sign up to join YLAG, and then plan to attend our monthly calls, held the second Friday of each month at 2pm ET. If you have specific questions or just want to introduce yourself, please feel free to contact me.

Franklin Graves
2017-2018 YLAG Chair

New ABA-IPL Member Benefit

All young lawyers new to the practice or contemplating changes in their careers can use—and keep as continuing reference-the information in the Section's new publication, Careers In IP Law. Edited by Sharra Brockman and her team at YLAG, this book is available to all Section members as a free e-book download. Log in today at:

"Intellectual property is today's international currency for businesses and corporations. This book shows you the many different careers that can be built around IP formation, protection, and monetization-and how you can become involved"
- Donna Suchy, Rockwell Collins Inc.
download your free copy

Message From Shane M. Delsman

Shane M. Delsman

Dear Colleagues:

As the Young Lawyer Division liaison to the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (IPL), I am happy to welcome you to this page. This is a great time to be a young intellectual property lawyer, and the ABA affords you with countless ways to improve your practice and expand your professional network. On this page, the Young Lawyers Action Group has done a fantastic job of providing young lawyers with the resources and opportunities to help advance their careers. However, these opportunities are doors that require someone to actually walk through them. I encourage you all to get involved to the extent you are able to do so, whether it's through writing and publishing articles, attending conferences, or simply just reaching out to others via email. I have no doubt that you'll find these activities both personally and professionally rewarding.

Additionally, we are always open to suggestions or comments on how to improve the Young Lawyers Division or to help you get the most out of your ABA membership, so please do not hesitate to give us feedback. I look forward to meeting and working with many of you over the coming year.


Shane M. Delsman
Young Lawyer Division Liaison to the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
Godfrey & Kahn SC
Milwaukee, WI

About the Young Lawyer Fellows Program

The Young Lawyer Fellows program was created to develop future participation and leadership within the Section. Fellows participate in the meetings of the Section, and involve themselves in committee activities of the Section. They are active in recruiting new members to the Section and to its committees and make a commitment to mentor future fellows and new members of the Section.

Each year, the Section initiates the call for nominees for Young Lawyer Fellows, and candidates are announced in June. Those who have demonstrated leadership qualities and commitment through work in the Section or Young Lawyers Division, in other bar organizations, and throughout professional or pro bono activities should consider applying next year. The application process beings in November every year.

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Publish an Article

Write an article for the 101 Practice Series: Breaking Down the Basics or the Practice 102 Series: Beyond the Basics. The 101 Series is geared toward new lawyers; the 201 Series is for lawyers with a baseline of knowledge in the field.

Publish an article in Landslide®. Since January 2009, the Meeting of the Minds column has appeared in each Landslide issue and is authored by a young lawyer in conjunction with a particular committee.

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