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The 2024–2026 application process is now open. View the application here. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2024.

We are hosting an info session on Wednesday, April 17 at 11 AM CT for those interested in learning more about our leadership pipeline programs and what it means to be a leader within the Litigation Section. Our panel of YLLP and DLA graduates will talk about the value of leadership, how to make the best of your time within these programs, and the application process. Register here for the free informational session.

Please contact Erin Stanton with any questions.

About the Program

The Young Lawyer Leadership Program (YLLP) provides opportunities for young lawyers to become actively involved in the Section's meetings, committees, and activities. YLLP representatives will become members of a Section committee or task force, engage in substantive work, and be paired with a mentor from the Section’s experienced leaders. In addition, YLLP representatives are expected to attend two leadership meetings and the Section’s Annual Conference during each year of the program. Maximum reimbursement is $2,000 per year per individual to attend in-person meetings.*


  • All candidates must be current members of the ABA in practice for less than five years or under the age of 35 as of September 1 of the year in which they begin the program. Candidates who hold an elected position in the ABA Young Lawyers Division shall be eligible to apply up to and including the final year of their term of elected office.
  • All candidates must demonstrate a record of accomplishment of significant leadership involvement in the Young Lawyers Division, prior participation in the Section of Litigation’s meetings, programs, and subcommittees, or other evidence of commitment to the Section’s work.

Application Process

Each candidate must submit the following information:

  • A complete application form;
  • A cover letter describing how you meet the application criteria;
  • A current resume; and
  • Up to three letters of recommendation.

Number of Participants

The program may select up to four (4) members and fund their expenses for two consecutive years, assuming active participation by the participant in Section activities.


September 1, 2024 through August 31, 2026

Selection Process

The Young Lawyer Leadership Program Committee Co-Chairs, Chair-Elect, and Section Committees Manager will oversee the process by which applicants are selected. This program will focus on cultivating and identifying lawyers with leadership potential.


Applicants will be notified no later than July 31, 2024.


Contact Heather Nichols if you have any questions.

*Reimbursement includes lowest available coach airfare, a per diem toward lodging, and ground transportation. The Section does not reimburse individuals who are entitled to reimbursement from their firms, employers, or a third party. Additional reimbursement details will be share upon program acceptance.