November 06, 2013

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

An opportunity to volunteer for service or nominate others to leadership positions

I look forward to my term as Section Chair 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.

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

Our leadership positions include committee and board chair and vice-chair roles, liaisons with other professional entities, both within and outside the ABA. The work of the Section--and, thus, much of the value of Section membership--comes from volunteering to serve as a member or a leader of one of the Section’s committees or boards.  The Section brings together in a single entity the largest and most influential collection of intellectual property lawyers in the world. Network, mentor and be mentored, develop relationships that can lead to professional engagements, and gain practice knowledge and insights that are unavailable elsewhere.

Get Involved Today - Join a Committee
We welcome and encourage all members to become active participants in the Section’s committee and board structure. Your insights and enthusiasm can make a profound difference in what we can accomplish for the profession. You don’t need to put joining up on your “to do” list; you are only a click away from volunteering– sign up today to be a member of a committee and choose where you wish to contribute from the roster of our committees. We offer a diverse IP membership and a diversity of opportunities. We have seven substantive divisions, each consisting of multiple individual committees, and you will have the option of accepting the responsibility of being a voting member of the committee. The only requisite for joining a committee is current ABA and Section membership.

Lead and Help Identify Other Leaders
As Section Chair-Elect, I take very seriously my responsibilities to recruit and appoint a new class of leaders to serve during the 2014-2015 Association year. ABA-IPL leadership positions include Division Chairs and Vice Chairs, Committee and Board Chairs and Vice Chairs, and more than two dozen liaisons to other ABA entities.  Each year roughly half of these leadership positions are open for appointment.  I invite and encourage you to seek appointment yourself or nominate other Section members as committee, board or division level appointments for the 2014-2015 year. I am considering applications and nominations for appointments now, so please submit your completed form by January 14, 2014.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact, Dorothy Grant-Bryant.

I appreciate your involvement and commitment to the Section, and I look forward to working with you in 2014-2015.

Very truly yours,
Lisa A. Dunner
Lisa A. Dunner
ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law