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ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law


Standing Committees

The 14 RPTE Standing Committees represent the administrative and operative structure for the Section, and include Membership, Communications, Continuing Legal Education, Diversity and many more! Committee leadership is appointed at the ABA Annual Meeting every year, and chairpersons each serve a one year term. Click on the links below if you'd like to learn more about each Standing Committee.

Joining a Group or Committee

Committee on Groups and Substantive Committees

The committee assists in coordinating the administrative, but not the substantive, operation of the groups and the substantive committees of the Section. The committee also prepares and oversees the revision and amendment to the Section Policy and Procedures Handbook.

Community Outreach

The Community Outreach Committee partners with state and local minority bar associations to promote the Section's initiatives to provide training to minority lawyers in the areas of real property, trust and estate planning.


The Communications Committee is primarily responsible for helping other Section groups and committees publicize their activities to Section members, other lawyers, and the target audience in accordance with the Section's communication plan.


The Continuing Legal Education Committee is responsible for implementing the Section's CLE policy as directed by the council.

Coordination of Governmental Submissions

The Government Submissions Committee initiates and reviews submissions to governmental bodies with respect to proposed legislation, regulation projects and other matters affecting estate planning and estate administration, with the view to improving the law and ensuring the highest quality and balance approach.

Corporate Sponsorship

The Corporate Sponsorship Committee oversees all activity relating to corporate sponsorships of Section programs. The committee works with all Section standing committees, division groups and committees to identify the potential for sponsorable activities and to assist in securing sponsors.


The Diversity Committee is charged with implementing the Section's and the ABA's goal to promote full and equal participation in the profession by minorities and women.


The Membership Committee promotes the growth of the Section and recommends membership policies and promotions to the council.

National Conference of Lawyers and Corporate Fiduciaries

The National Conference of Lawyers and Corporate Fiduciaries was formed in 1940. It is composed of seven representatives of the American Bar Association and seven representatives of the trust division of the American Bankers Association. It was organized to address matters of common interest between the two associations and to help eliminate controversies giving rise to misunderstandings and litigations between the two groups.


The Nominations Committee receives and considers suggestions for nominations and nominates persons to fill position vacancies. The committee is appointed each year and consists of five members. At least two past chairs of the Section must be appointed to the committee, and at least one member of the committee can be neither a present nor former officer nor a member of the Section's council.


The Planning Committee considers and recommends long range plans to enable the Section to best carry out its mission and goals, and performs other functions as directed by the council.


The Publications Committee is responsible for oversight of Section publications.

Guide to Committees

Guide To Committees

An in-depth guide to the various Groups and Committees associated with the RPTE Section.

Join The RPTE Section

If you're already an ABA member, simply add the Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law to your membership. The Section dues are $55 annually. Use your ABA membership ID to log in to the ABA website. If you need help with your password, or to join the Section by phone or mail, contact the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221 to speak with a membership representative. You must first be a member of the ABA to join the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section.

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