Fellows Program


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2017–2019 Fellows

The Section is excited to announce the 2017–2019 class of RPTE Fellows. After much discussion, the following individuals have been chosen to represent the Section for the 2017–2019 bar years:


Trust & Estate Fellows

Real Property Fellows

  • Caryn Friedman
    Ernst & Young LLP
    Washington, D.C.

  • Danielle Kincaid
    Ozarks Elder Law
    Springfield, MO

  • Kelly Perez
    UBS Financial Services, Inc., Private Wealth Management
    Dallas, TX

  • Abigail Rosen
    Winstead, PC
    Houston, TX

  • Jordan Veurink
    Ballard Spahr LLP
    Sioux Falls, SD

The Section also sends a huge thank you to the 2017 selection committee.




About the Fellows Program

The ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Fellows Program encourages the active involvement and participation of young lawyers in Section activities. The goal of the program is to give young lawyers an opportunity to become involved in the substantive work of the RPTE Section, while developing into future leaders.



RPTE Fellows:

  • Are assigned to work with a substantive Committee Chair, who serve as a mentor and help expose you to all aspects of committee membership
  • Get involved in a substantive project, which may include writing for a RPTE publication
  • Become a Section liaison to the ABA Young Lawyers Division or your local bar association
  • Become an active member of the Membership Committee
  • Attend important Section leadership meetings


Application Process

The Fellowship appointment is for two years. To be considered for selection, a person must (1) have practiced in the trusts and estates or real property area for at least one year, (2) be younger than 36 years of age or have been admitted to the bar less than 10 years, and (3) have demonstrated leadership at the state or local bar level or in the ABA Young Lawyers Division. Applicants need not be ABA or RPTE members, yet we require accepted Fellows to become dues paying members of both the ABA and RPTE.  All Fellows will receive reimbursement of up to $2,750 annually to attend Section meetings. View the 2018-2020 application. Applications due June 8, 2018.

The Section promotes full and equal participation in our membership, the association, our profession, and the justice system by all persons. As such, we are committed to ensuring that no less than half of the Fellows chosen each year are diverse.

Questions about the Fellows Program? Contact Monica Larys at monica.larys@americanbar.org for more information.  

What Our Fellows Say

Aastha MadaanAastha Madaan
Trust & Estates Fellow, 2016-2018

I have really enjoyed being a RPTE Fellow. As a solo practitioner, it can be challenging to keep up with trends or to actively participate in bar association activities. Being a Fellow brings those opportunities right to me; so far, I have had the opportunity to write an articles, speak on various trusts and estates related topics, and participate in committees for long-term planning within the RPTE Section. The ability to network with experts in the field during the meetings is an added bonus. Its comforting to know that if I am in a bind, I can pick up the phone and call senior practitioners to ask questions about trusts and estates, and law practice management. I am excited to continue being a leader in the Section for years to come.

John StrohmeyerJohn R. Strohmeyer
Trust & Estates Fellow, 2015-2017

Being a RPTE Fellow was one of the best decisions that I've made in advancing my practice. I've connected with attorneys from around the country, including some of the leaders in my practice area. It's been a great way to get involved with the ABA, leading to speaking opporunities around the United States and even abroad. But the best part has been the relationships I've developed–I'm excited to go to meetings because of the people I know I'll see there. I’m very thankful to RPTE and the ABA for making the Fellows program such a great experience.

Christopher K. OdinetChristopher K. Odinet
Real Property Fellow, 2014-2016

My experience as a RPTE fellow has been tremendous. As a young law professor, the ability to frequently connect with leading practitioners in my field has been invaluable. The RPTE Section keeps me updated on current trends and best practices and provides numerous resources for my students. Through this fellowship I have been able to further ensure that when I'm teaching in the classroom I am connecting the theory of the law to the practical side of everyday lawyering.

JP LeeJP Lee
Trust & Estates Fellow, 2014-2016

The Fellows program has been a great way to advance my career. I have met and engaged in thoughtful discussions with leading practitioners nationwide, have polished my presentation and leadership skills, and have found ways to address issues in trust and estate law in platforms that I previously did not have access.

Keya Koul

Keya Koul
Real Property Fellow, 2012-2014

I have had appointments through the ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) for the past three years, but as I prepare to age out of YLD, I wanted to find a home in the larger association. The RPTE Fellowship Program has given me that home. During and after the 2012 Fall Leadership Meeting, I reached out to several Section leaders in order to get more involved and hit the ground running- everyone has been very responsive to my requests to get involved. All in all, my experience so far with the RPTE Fellowship Program has been an amazing one, and I look forward to everything the Section has to offer in the years to come.