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CBA Presidential Fellowship Program
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Connecticut Bar Association Presidential Fellows Program

The CBA wishes to further encourage and increase the active involvement of young lawyers, lawyers who no longer qualify for membership in the Young Lawyers Section, and diverse lawyers in the leadership and activities of CBA sections. The goal of the CBA Presidential Fellowship Program is to provide such lawyers with an opportunity to become more involved in the substantive work of CBA sections, further develop their leadership abilities, and promote the section to other members of the YLS and the bar.

Presidential Fellows will:

  • Serve on the executive committee of their selected section as ex-officio members
  • Be assigned to work with a senior executive committee member who will serve as a coach and help expose the Fellow to all aspects of committee membership
  • Attend section meetings
  • Become involved in a section project
  • Present at a section meeting
  • Serve as a section ambassador to the Young Lawyers Section (along with the Young Lawyers Section Chair) to promote membership and participation of other young, transitioning, and diverse lawyers
  • Receive a waiver of all fees for section membership and attendance at section meetings

Fellowship appointments are prestigious and we expect a competitive application process for interested members. Each appointment will be for a period of two (2) years. However, if a Fellow fails to attend meetings and actively participate in the section activities, their appointment may not be renewed for a second year.

To be considered for selection, applicants must (1) fall into one of the three designated categories (young, transitioning from YLS, or diverse), (2) have practiced in their listed practice area(s) for at least one year, (2) be younger than 40 years of age or have been admitted to the bar less than 10 years, and (3) have demonstrated (within the CBA or other organizations) leadership potential. Previous membership in the applicable section is not required. Special consideration will be given to lawyers in government service.

Prospective Fellows must complete an application along with two (2) letters of recommendation, a resume, and a cover letter describing why the applicant is interested in becoming a Fellow and how the applicant plans to contribute to the section. Applications will be reviewed and approved by the Membership Committee with input from the applicable section.

Applicants are encouraged to indicate any areas of preference. Sections may appoint more than one fellow.



Presidential Fellows Program c/o Carol Dejohn (

To access the printable Fellows Program Application, please click here.

To access an online application here.