Young Advocates

Young Lawyer Leadership Program


The 2021–2023 program application is now open. Click here to complete the application. Contact Heather Nichols 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.*


  1. 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.
  2. 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
  • 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, 2021 through August 31, 2023

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 30, 2021.

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.