Young Lawyers Network

Leveraging Your Membership in the Real Property, Trust & Estate Section

As a reader of Young Lawyers Network, you are familiar with the guidance offered to young lawyers in this column. In this issue we want to inform readers of the many resources and benefits available to members of the ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Section (RPTE). Here are nine resources available to you as a member of RPTE.


  1. 1. No-cost teleconferences. Each month, different substantive committees of the Section host teleconferences, usually an hour in length, that discuss the latest legal trends in your practice area or other topics of interest to members.
  2. 2. Professors’ Corner. This no-cost monthly webinar features a panel of law professors addressing nuanced topics of interest to practicing attorneys.
  3. 3. e-CLE. For a discounted fee, members can attend any real property or trust and estate programming online for CLE credit each month. If you are a commercial real estate practitioner, the Real Property Division’s “Mastering the Art of Commercial Real Estate” series is fantastic. If you are an estate planner, the Trust & Estate Division’s “Skills Training” series has received rave reviews.
  4. 4. e-Report. This free quarterly e-newsletter provides excellent, succinct articles on real property, tax, and estate planning issues and features current legal trends.
  5. 5. Property & Property Magazine. The Section’s magazine features deep dives into real property, tax, and estate planning topics. There is now a smart-phone app, ModioLegal, which delivers all magazine articles in audio format. Don’t have time to read at the office? You can listen to the magazine during your morning commute.
  6. 6. RPTE Spring Conference. Each May, the Section has a fantastic conference where you can fulfill your annual CLE requirements in one weekend. This year’s conference took place in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 8-11. Next year’s spring conference will be in New Orleans, Louisiana, on May 13-16, 2020.
  7. 7. Law School Outreach Events. Each year attorneys in the Section hold events for law students at law schools across the country. For example, the Section recently organized an event at the Charleston School of Law during the Young Lawyers Division Fall Conference titled “Lions of the Real Estate Bar,” where successful real estate lawyers discussed topics such as how to mediate a real estate dispute, how to develop a book of business, and how effectively to present your case in front of a judge. Law school outreach events have taken place in Tallahassee, Florida, Brooklyn, New York, Chicago, Illinois, and Albany, New York.
  8. 8. Local Bar Meetups. On occasion the Section will co-host social events with local bar associations. In April, the Section hosted a social at Top Golf in Atlanta, Georgia, with members of the real estate committee for the young lawyers division of the Georgia Bar.
  9. 9. Fellows Program. The Section takes applications annually for its two-year Fellows Program. The Fellows Program gives young lawyers an opportunity to become involved in the substantive work of RPTE, while developing future leaders. Fellows work with a designated committee chair, who serves as a mentor and teaches the Fellow how to participate successfully in committee leadership. Fellows also get involved in a substantive project, which can include writing for a RPTE publication or speaking at a Section CLE event. In addition, Fellows participate in Section leadership meetings and become active members of the Membership Committee. To be considered for selection as a Fellow, a person must (1) have practiced in the trust 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. Fellows receive reimbursement of up to $2,750 annually to attend Section meetings. Applicants can download the application at the ABA website,


The Young Lawyers Network hopes you take advantage of some of the above resources, and we look forward to seeing you soon at a future Section event!