Leadership Development Program

Call for Applications – Due May 14, 2021

The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law will conduct our seventh Leadership Development Program to provide leadership training and development to a select group of Section members representing all constituencies of the Section (Union, Employee,

Employer and Government/Neutral/Academic). The Program offers tools for advancement in the Section's leadership. The Section is seeking talented and motivated applicants to fill this year's class. The Program is appropriate for individuals who have been active in the Section's standing or administrative committees as well as those who have been active in labor and employment related YLD activities or in labor and employment-related leadership positions in other bar entities and want to become more involved in the Section.

Successful applicants will attend virtual leadership training on July 21-23, 2021 where they will learn more about the structure and leadership of the Section, routes of advancement within the Section and the ABA, and training in leadership skills. At the conclusion of the two-day session, each participant will be assigned a role in a Section project. 

To apply, candidates must:

  • Be a current member of the ABA and the Section of Labor and Employment Law;
  • Commit to attend leadership training July 21-23, 2021;
  • Have current or past experience in the Section of Labor and Employment Law, the ABA Young Lawyers Division, or other labor and employment-related bar entities; and
  • Submit a completed application form, along with:
    • A one-page cover letter explaining their interest in this program;
    • One letter of reference (up to three letters of reference will be accepted); and
    • A current resume.

All submissions should be emailed to Brad Hoffman for receipt no later than May 14, 2021.

Individuals who applied for the Leadership Development Program in previous years but who were not part of a prior class need not complete the application form again. If you applied and would like to be considered again this year, please indicate your interest by emailing Brad Hoffman, Section Director, by May 14, 2021. In addition, please provide, by the application deadline, any relevant updates to the information contained in your original application.

Training for the 2021 LDP will take place virtually beginning July 21 at 5:00 pm EDT and concluding Friday, July 23 at 5:00 pm EDT. Please note these dates and times because, if you are selected for the LDP, attendance at the training is mandatory.

Submit the application, along with your current resume and at least one letter of reference (but not more than three letters of reference), by May 14, 2021 to: 

Brad Hoffman, Director 

ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law 


Note: Incomplete or untimely application submissions may not be considered.