June 02, 2020

ABA-IPL eNews June 2020

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Nine CLE programs from the 2020 Section Annual Meeting will come to you directly through a special virtual programming series. The IPLSPRING CLE Series is a group of webinars held throughout May and June covering the latest developments in IP law presented by the experts.  Earn valuable CLE credits by attending these upcoming webinars in the series: 

June 10   
Countering the Counterfeiters 

June 11   
Hot Copyright Topics 

June 17   
Standards Essential Patents & the Internet of Things 

Registration options include registering for the entire series at a special discount rate or select individual programs targeted to your practice.  

When registering for the entire series, receive 25% off the total registration price when you purchase the entire package of programs within the IPLSPRING CLE Series.  Section Members will also receive 25% off their registration for the 2021 ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting, April 7-9, 2021 in Washington, DC   Plus, if you missed out on any of the programs, when you purchase the entire package, you gain on-demand access to all the programs.  Here are the programs for on-demand access:

  • Experience the Intrigue of Recent Trade Secret Law Cases 
  • Honey Badger Don't Care, But the Courts Might 
  • IP Transactions, Commercially Speaking 
  • A Look at the USPTO's Focus on Declarations 
  • Designs that Speak for Themselves 
  • Avoiding Pitfalls When Preparing International Applications  


Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee

The Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee (EPRC) presented a CLE webinar on June 1 entitled “A Look at the USPTO’s Focus on Declarations” as a part of the IPLSpring CLE Series. In this program, moderator Michael E. McCabe, Jr., led a panel of expert IP practitioners and USPTO representatives in a discussion of the best practices to follow to ensure that patent and trademark filings comply with USPTO signature rules as interpreted by OED. Panelists included Emil Ali of Carr Butterfield, LLC, Kathleen Cooney-Porter, Senior Trademark Advisor with the USPTO, and Robert J. LaVache, Senior Attorney Advisor—Legal Policy, with the USPTO.

On June 18, the committee will present “Reducing Stress and Avoiding Mistakes in the Post-COVID Era,” a 90-minute CLE webinar which the EPRC is organizing along with the Young Lawyers Action Group and Substance Abuse and Mental Health committee.  Michael E. McCabe, Jr. will moderate a panel of leading professionals to address best practices for avoiding malpractice claims and navigate the personal and professional challenges caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, with a focus on law students and the newest members of the IP Bar.  The panelists are Laurie Besden, Executive Director of Pa. Lawyers Concerns for Lawyers; April Barton, Dean of Students Duquesne School of Law; Emil Ali, Carr Butterfield, LLC; Will Covey, Director of the USPTO Office of Enrollment and Discipline; and Shruti Chopra, Morrison Cohen, LLP.

For more information or to join visit the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee  web page.

18th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute

July 16, 23, 30 and August 6

 Co-sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, Stanford Law School, Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology, the Copyright Society of the USA, and the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, and in cooperation with the Rocky Mountain Regional Office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

After many discussions and research, it has been decided to transition the IP Institute to fully virtual this year, with several twists. On four consecutive Thursdays, mid-July through the first week of August, there will be remote broadcasts of several sessions live, as well as a “drop” of 8-12 pre-recorded sessions. On the afternoons of Friday, July 17 and 24, IP Institute Fundamentals will be remote broadcast live. At the end of the four weeks, all 50+ Institute sessions and IP Fundamentals will have been broadcast live or made available for on-demand viewing.  This new, 2020-only concept, is called “The IP Institute PLUS.”  

By going virtual, the Institute is able to be provided in an interactive forum in a safe and creative way and to provide quality programming.

Please join us in July and August – register now!

CLE Credits: Only 10 General and 1 Ethics Credits can be submitted as LIVE CLE credit for this course. For the remaining 45 credits worth of content, please submit online using the Course ID given for the home study product.


Stay Connected…

ABA-IPL Action Groups

Section members continue action group initiatives with ongoing Zoom meetings and conference calls. Participate in one or more action groups for immediate networking and leadership opportunities. Engage with your peers remotely and get involved in the ABA-IPL Action Groups

Young Lawyer Action Group (YLAG)

On May 21, YLAG hosted a successful virtual event showcasing tips and tricks on how to make a lasting impact in the workplace. The meeting was moderated by YLAG Chair Shruti Chopra and featured speakers Megan K. Bannigan, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, and Rivka D. Monheit, J.D.,Partner at Pabst Patent Group. The discussion covered tips on how to locate a mentor, how to succeed with a work-from-home schedule, and much more. The meeting was recorded and posted to the YLAG IPL Connect Page for all those unable to attend.

For more information on upcoming YLAG events, visit the YLAG IPL Connect Page.

Diversity Action Group

--You're Invited
The Diversity Action Group (DAG) invites Section members to join our monthly calls on the second Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. (ET). DAG develops IP-focused diversity and inclusion initiatives within the IPL Section and the IP community. Our goal is to help bring awareness to the need for increased diversity and inclusion, help ensure compliance, and promote diversity and inclusion in the IP community

All Section members are encouraged to join and participate in our upcoming initiatives as able. You can join DAG and learn more about us via the IPL Connect communities: Diversity Action Group.

Monthly conference calls are held the 2nd Thursday at 4:00 p.m. ET/ 3:00 p.m. CT/ 2:00 p.m. MT/ 1:00 p.m. PT and last about 30 minutes. To participate, add to calendar to get the Zoom dial-in information.

Connect with ABA-IPL Ambassadors

Discover how Section leaders received more from ABA-IPL membership on our Ambassador page. The featured testimonies provide insights on how ABA-IPL members strengthened their intellectual property (IP) network and made an impact through ABA-IPL Action Groups and Committees. Each action group and committee has a corresponding community on IPL Connect, where Section members can network and engage in lively discussions. Whether you’re interested in receiving updates on the latest in IP law or getting involved in key IP policy decisions—committee and action group involvement offers opportunities to learn, connect, and/or present.

Learn more about how to maximize your ABA-IPL membership.

Topic Suggestions?

We welcome your feedback on topics you would like to see covered in E-News.  Please email Mike Winkler at Mike.Winkler@americanbar.org with your suggestions.  

ABA-IPL webinars are free to Section members

ABA-IPL Section webinars are free to Section members from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020. Don’t forget to sign-up and check them out.

ABA-IPL provides compelling CLE-accredited webinars that cover a broad range of IP issues. Mark your calendars for these upcoming webinars. Watch the events page on the Section website for information on all upcoming programs and events, and to register. As a special benefit of your membership in the ABA-IPL Section, you are able to participate in al ABA-IPL Section webinars for free during the current Association year (September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020).


Landslide Webinar: Tips and Best Practices for Responding to Trademark Office Action

June 16 at 1pm ET


  • Kelu Sullivan, Kelly IP,LLC Washington, D.C


  • Cynthia Moyer, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Minneapolis, MN
  • Erik Pelton, Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC, Falls Church, VA

Highlighted from Landslide's article, this webinar will cover how and when responding to Trademark decisions by the United States Trademark and Patent Office can greatly impact your chances of successful registration, as well as the scope of your client's eventual registration. The panel will provide tips and best practices for successfully responding to common situations in which the Examining Attorney issues a refusal to register a trademark.



Reducing Stress and Avoiding Mistakes in the Post-COVID-19 Era

June  18 at 1pm ET


  • Michael Edward McCabe Jr, McCabe Law LLC, Potomac, MD


  • Email Ali, Car Butterfield, LLC, Lake Oswego, OR
  • Laurie Besden, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Pennsylvania, Camp Hill, PA
  • April Barton, Duquesne School of Law, Pittsburgh, PN
  • Will Covey, USPTO, Alexandria, VA

Discover resources to help you cope with the anxiety and fear during these challenging times and explore best practices for reducing and avoiding mistakes that can often lead to malpractice and/or disciplinary claims.



You Lost at the PTO. Now What? The When, Where and How of Appealing a TTAB/PTAB Decision

June 25 at 1pm ET


  • Daniel Cooper, Cooper & Kurz, Stamford, CT


  • Wesley Edenton Weeks, Wiley, Washington, DC
  • Taylor Curtis, Shipman & Goodwin, Hartford, CT
  • Laura Popp-Rosenberg, Fross ZeInick Lehrman & Zissu PC, New York, NY
  • Anthony P. Cho, Carlson Gaskey Olds, Birmingham, MS

A practical tips introduction to how to appeal your case to a court, when to appeal your case, where to appeal to, and other considerations going along with appealing an adverse decision of the PTAB or TTAB, or an adverse ex parte decision of the USPTO.

Registration coming soon. Check the Events & CLE page for registration


Section Advocacy

Comments to LES and ANSI on protection of IP in the supply chain

On May 19, the Section submitted comments to the Licensing Executive Society (LES), and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on the Management System for the Protection of Intellectual Property in the Supply Chain -Requirements. In the comments, the Section commended the comprehensive compilation of best practices for the protection of trade secrets and other confidential information in the Draft Standard by the LES IP Protection in Supply Chain Standards Committee. However, the Section noted that these should not become a “standard” per se.

Comments to the European Commission on artificial intelligence in IP

On May 15, the Section sent comments to the European Commission in Response to its White Paper on Artificial Intelligence – A European approach to excellence and trust.  The comments drew upon Section positions reached in response to two sets of requests for comments on Intellectual Property Protection for Artificial Intelligence Innovation, promulgated by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. In the comments the Section noted that it supports the Commission’s “commit[ment] to enabling scientific breakthrough, to preserving the EU’s technological leadership and to ensuring that new technologies are at the service of all Europeans — improving their lives while respecting their rights. The Section also noted, among other things, that while the Commission White Paper takes an ecosystem approach to AI, the Section’s focus is on intellectual property rights associated with AI and providing certainty that will foster AI technological advances.

ABA-IPL Section Nominating Committee Announces Nominees for 2020-2021 ABA year

Donna P. Suchy, Chair of the Section’s Nominating Committee, reports that the following candidates have been nominated for the 2020-2021 Association year:

Chair-Elect: Kim Jessum, Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Jessum is current Vice Chair of the Section. She served as the Section Financial Officer for four years. She served as Continuing Legal Education Officer and Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Board for three years. She served as the Chair of the Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference and Chair of the Teleconference Committee for two years each. She was Chair of Section’s the former Committee on Copyrights and the Internet. She also served for three years as Chair of the former Young Lawyers Committee and was a founder of the Young Lawyer Fellows program. Outside of the Section, she is currently a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems, ABA Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee, and Litigation Section Judicial Intern Opportunity Program National Co-chair and was previously a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Specialization, ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems, and ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education and liaison to the Standing Committee on Membership.

Vice Chair: Thad Chaloemtiarana, Chicago, IL. Mr. Chaloemtiarana currently serves on the Section Council. He served Membership Officer of the Section for two years, and as Vice Chair of the Membership Board for three years. He also served as Vice Chair of the Diversity Action Group for three years. He was Chair of the Trademarks and Unfair Competition Division for two years and Vice Chair of that Division for two years. He has been a member of the CLE Board, the Membership Board and the Revenue Committee. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Young Lawyer Fellow Advisory Committee. He has chaired several committees in the Trademarks Division. He is the current Liaison to the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Secretary: Adriana Suringa Luedke, Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Luedke has served as Secretary for two years. Prior to this, she served on the Section Council for four years. She previously served as Section Secretary for three years. She has been the Chair of the Patents Division, and the Section Liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. She has served as Chair of the former Division on Meetings and Resolutions. She has also been Chair of the Committee on Patent System Policy Planning, the Committee on Government Relations to Patents and the Young Lawyers Committee, and has served as Program Vice Chair for the Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference and Program Co-Chair of Section activities at the ABA Midyear Meeting.

Financial Officer: Rob Lytle, Redmond, WA. Mr. Lytle is currently the Financial Officer-Elect. According to the Section bylaws, he will automatically assume the position of Financial Officer for a two-year term in 2020-2021 and in 2021-2022, so technically this is not a nominated position or one that is up for election in 2020-2021. Mr. Lytle formerly served as a vice-chair of the Patents Division. He has served on the Books Editorial Board for three years. He was co-chair of the Trade Secrets and Interferences with Contracts Committee for two years.

Revenue Officer: Susan McGahan, Bedminster, NJ. Ms. McGahan is the current Revenue Officer. She previously served as Vice Chair of the Revenue Committee of the Section and as a member of the committee for five years. She served as Section Secretary for two years. She served as Membership Officer for four years and Chair of the Membership Board. She has also served as Chair of the former Division on Meetings and Resolutions and for three years as Financial Officer of the Section. She served a total of five years on the Section Council. Ms. McGahan has also chaired the former Division on Professional and Section Relations, and the former Division on Publications. Prior to that, she served as Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee and the Membership Committee. She served a three-year term as Trustee to the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

Publications Officer: Steven E. Gillen, Cincinnati, OH. Mr. Gillen has served as the Publications Officer for two years. He has served as Chair of the Books Editorial Board for four years and as Vice Chair of that board prior to that. He is a current member of the Content Advisory Board. He served as Chair of the Copyrights and New Technologies Committee for two years and served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Copyright Litigation Committee.

Continuing Legal Education Officer: David Postolski, Summit, NJ. Mr. Postolski is the current Continuing Legal Education Officer. He served as a current member of the Section Council prior to that. He serves as a Vice Chair of the CLE Board, where he has been an active member for many years. He has served as Division Chair of the Professional Issues Division for two years, and Vice Chair of that Division for two years. He served as Chair of the Young Lawyers Action Group and Special Advisor to the International Associates Action Group. He has served on the Revenue Committee, the Membership Committee and the Nominating Committee. He was the Young Lawyers Division Liaison to the Section for two years, and Liaison to the National LGBT Bar Association for two years.

Membership Officer: Kevin Greenleaf, Lovettsville, VA. Mr. Greenleaf is the current Membership Officer. He has served five years on the Amicus Brief Committee. He served as Chair of the USPTO Post Grant and Inter Partes Practice Committee and as Vice Chair of that committee. He served as Chair of the Patent System Policy Planning Committee and as Vice Chair of that committee. He served on the Magazine Editorial Board for four years. He was Vice Chair of the IP Transactions and Licensing Committee for one year.

Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates:

(for a three-year term expiring in 2023)

Joseph M. Potenza, Washington, DC. Mr. Potenza is currently a Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, with a term expiring in 2020. He has served as a Delegate since 2015. He served as Section Chair, Chair-Elect and Vice Chair prior to that. He is a past Publications Officer and former Chair of the Content Advisory Board. He served on the Section Council for four years, and as Section Secretary for three years. Mr. Potenza is a former member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary and was a long-standing member of the ABA Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight and a Special Advisor. Previously, Mr. Potenza was Program Chair of the Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference and Co-Chair of the former Summer IPL Conference. He also served as Chair of the Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Related Issues Division, and the committees on Patent System Policy Planning, Public Information, Trial and Appellate Rules and Procedure, and Young Lawyers. Mr. Potenza is also a former Chair of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law.

Council Members: (for a four-year term, ending in 2024)

James Bikoff, Washington, DC. Mr. Bikoff is current Chair of the Trademarks and Unfair Practices Division. Prior to this position, he served as Vice Chair of the Division for two years. He is currently serving a three-year term as the Section’s representative on the Intellectual Property Constituency of ICANN. In previous years he has chaired the Trademark Litigation Committee, and the Trademark Legislation Committee. He was a member of the Anti-Piracy Task Force.

Keisha Hylton-Rodic, Washington, DC. Ms. Hylton-Rodic is current Vice Chair of the USPTO Ex Parte Patent Practice and Policy Committee. She has served as Liaison to the ABA Section of Health Law for a number of years, as well as Liaison to the ABA Health Law Coordinating Group. She Chaired the USPTO Post-Grant and Interpartes Patent Practice Committee for two years and the Patents in the Chemical and Life Sciences Committee for two years. She served a three-year term as a Trustee on the Board of the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation. She has served as a member of the Diversity Action Group, the CLE Board and the Membership Board.

Rivka Monheit, Atlanta, GA. Ms. Monheit is Chair of the International Patent Laws Committee. She previously Chaired the Patent Legislation Committee for two years and served as Vice Chair of that Committee for two years. She is a member of the Standing International IP Task Force, and the Section 101 Task Force.

Richard Stark, New York, NY.  Mr. Stark has served as Vice Chair of the Specialized IP Law Division for two years. He was Chair of the Antitrust Interface with IP Rights Committee for two years and served as Vice Chair of that committee prior to that. He is a member of the Section Revenue committee as well.

Council Member: (for a two-year term, expiring in 2022, to fill the vacancy of Thad Chaloemtiarana)

Dale Cendali, New York, NY. Ms. Cendali served a previous four-year term on the Section Council from 2012 to 2016. Prior to that she served as Chair of the Division on Related Legal Issues. She served as a Vice Chair of the Copyrights Division for two years. She was Chair of the Copyright Litigation Committee for two years prior to that.

Young Lawyer Council Member: (for a one-year term expiring in 2021)

Pervin Taleyarkhan, St. Joseph, MI. Ms. Taleyarkhan is Vice Chair of the Business and Trade Division of the Section. She has served as Vice Chair and Chair of the In-House IP Committee.  She is a member of the Magazine Editorial Board, the Content Advisory Board, and the Membership Board. She is Liaison to the Association of Corporate Counsel. She is a Young Lawyer Fellow of the Section.

Section Chair: According to Section bylaws, June M. Besek, New York, NY, current Chair-Elect, automatically assumes the office of Chair for the 2020-2021 Association year.  Ms. Besek currently serves as Section Chair-Elect and served as Vice Chair previous to that. She served on the Section Council from 2005-2009 and from 2011-2015. She is the current Liaison to the ALI Restatement of Law/Copyright Project. She serves as a Liaison to the World Intellectual Property Organization Standing Committee on Copyrights and Related Rights. She is a current member of the Content Advisory Board. She served previously as Division Chair of the Copyrights Division. She was chair of the Committee on Broadcasting, Sound Recordings and Performing Artists, Chair of the Committee on Minorities in the Profession, Chair of the Government Relations to Copyrights Committee, Chair of the Copyright Office Affairs Committee, Chair of the International Copyright Treaties and Laws Committee, and Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee. She also served as Chair of the Copyright Law Reform Task Force

The Section’s Nominating Committee, appointed by Section Chair George Jordan, is composed of:

Donna P. Suchy
Cedar Rapids, IA

Scott F. Partridge
Houston, TX

Malaika Tyson
Chicago, IL

Anna Raimer
Houston, TX

Jan Jensen
Los Angeles, CA

Additional nominations for this new position or for any position may be made by petition signed by not less than 100 members of the Section, listed by their ABA ID number. The 100 names must be representative of at least three states and must indicate that the individual has agreed to the nomination. The petition must be sent to the Chair and the Secretary of the Section and must be received by these individuals not less than four months before the elections held at the Annual Meeting. The Business Session with Elections will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020.

ABA-IPL Divisions and Committees for 2019-2020

All Section members are encouraged to review the committees and select and join those on which they wish to serve, and which are of interest to them. If you are already a member of one of the existing committees, you are carried over as a member in the new association year.

There have been a number of new committees formed for the 2019-2020 association year, and several committees have been realigned in their respective divisions. The committee structure for 2019-2020 is listed below. All Section members are also encouraged to join the new committees.

Patents Division

  • Patent Legislation Committee [join]
  • International Patent Laws Committee [join]
  • USPTO Ex Parte Patent and Policy Practice [join]
  • USPTO Post Grant Patent Practice and Policy Committee [join]
  • Chemical and Life Science Patent Committee [join]
  • Patent Litigation Committee [join]
  • Patent System Planning Committee [join]
  • High Tech and Software Patent Committee [join]

Trademarks Division

  • Trademark Legislation Committee [join]
  • International Trademark Laws Committee [join]
  • USPTO Trademark Practice and Policy Committee [join]
  • Trademark Litigation Committee [join]
  • Trademarks and the Internet Committee [join]

Copyrights Division

  • Copyright Legislation Committee [join]
  • International Copyright Laws Committee [join]
  • Copyright Office Affairs Committee [join]
  • Visual Arts and Dramatic Works Committee [join]
  • Copyright and Social Media Committee [join]
  • Copyright and Emerging Technology Committee [join]
  • Music and Performing Arts Committee [join]
  • Copyright Litigation Committee [join]
  • Literary Works Committee [join]

Specialized IP Law Division

  • Trial and Appellate Procedure Committee [join]
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee [join]
  • Antitrust Interface Committee [join]
  • Trade Secrets and Interferences with Contracts Committee [join]
  • Design Rights Committee [join]
  • Marketing Interface Committee [join]
  • Privacy and Publicity Rights Committee [join]
  • Digital Games and New Media Committee [join]
  • Information Technology Committee [join]
  • Fashion Committee [join] ­ New Committee

Professional Issues Division

  • Law Practice Management Committee [join]
  • Pro Bono Committee [join]
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee [join]
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Committee [join]

Business and Trade Division

  • IP Transactions and Licensing Committee [join]
  • International Trade Commission Committee [join]
  • China IP Issues Committee [join]
  • Government IP Rights Committee [join]
  • Intellectual Property Asset Management Committee [join] ­ New Committee
  • In-House IP Committee [join]
  • Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Committee [join] ­ New Committee

Become a Voting Committee Member

Take advantage of an opportunity to participate in developing Section policy and sign up as a voting member of your committee. Voting members will be asked to study the policy issues of the committee and vote on the reports in a timely and responsive manner. Any lawyer member of a committee is welcome to sign up to be a voting member of the committee.

Committee members who choose not to enroll as a voting member can still participate in all other committee activities and receive any committee updates and information.

Details of Committee Voting Membership:

  • Committee members may sign up throughout the entire year. Once a committee begins deliberations on a particular resolution, no new voting members will be allowed to subscribe for the purpose of voting on that particular resolution. The committee chair determines the date on which deliberations have begun.
  • Members may opt out of being a voting member at any time by notifying the Committee Chair. Those opting out of voting membership will still retain their membership in the committee.
  • A valid vote on a committee resolution will consist of a majority of a quorum of the voting committee members. There is no upper limit, nor lower limit to the number of people who may subscribe to be voting members on a particular committee.
  • Only lawyer members of the committee are eligible to be become voting members of the committee.
  • Voting members will receive a communication from the Committee Chair once voting begins, requesting a vote by a date-certain. Voting members not submitting a vote by a requested date for two successive resolution vote calls will revert to regular membership of the committee, and will need to re-subscribe as a voting member.
  • The committee rosters, including the roster of voting committee members will roll over to subsequent years. There is no need to re-subscribe as a voting committee member with each new Association year.
  • Voting members who do not vote two times in a row will be removed from the voting member roster.

Please remember to notify the ABA if your email address changes by logging in to your “myABA” page on the ABA website or calling the ABA Member Service Center at (800) 285-2221.

Helpful IPL Connect features

Are you using IPL Connect?  IPL Connect is the new interactive online community providing a space for ABA-IPL members and committees to connect through interactive discussions, content sharing and much more. Here are few helpful tips to help you get started. To learn more visit IPL Connect’s User Guide & FAQ.

  • Update your contact information through your myABA profile. This includes your name, email, and other items such as: committee membership, areas of interest, location, education, practice setting, etc. You can edit your profile information directly in ABA Connect using the pencil icon next to each section. All profile changes may take up to 24 hours to populate in ABA Connect.
  • Did you know Connect has an inbox? Check your Connect inbox under your account settings or click your photo/avatar at the top right hand corner and click the envelope image. 
  • Do you want to connect to another Section Member? Add them as a Contact when you visit their profile. Also, look out for “Contact Requests” from members who want to add you to their list. 
  • Did you know that Connect has two ways to reply? If you want to reply to the discussion thread use the “Reply” button. Think of it as a “Reply All” button. However, if you want to reply to one person or the person who started the discussion use the “Reply Privately” button by using the drop-down arrow next to the reply button. 

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George W. Jordan III
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Houston, TX

June M. Besek
Columbia University School of Law
New York, NY

Kim R. Jessum
Heraeus, Inc.
Yardley, PA

Adriana Luedke
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Bethesda, MD

Will Jones
Bethlehem, PA

Robert Lytle
Redmond, WA

Susan E. McGahan
Bedminster, NJ

Stephen E. Gillen
Wood Herron & Evans LLP
Cincinnati, OH

Kevin Greenleaf
Dentons US LLP
Lovettsville, VA

David Postolski
Gearhart Law, LLC
Summit, NJ

Joseph M. Potenza (2020)
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
Washington, DC

William L. LaFuze (2021)
McKool Smith
Houston, TX

Lisa A. Dunner (2022)
Dunner Law PLLC
Washington, DC

Mark K. Dickson
Phase M LLP
San Mateo, CA

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