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Connecticut Bar Association Presidential Fellowship Program

In an effort to further encourage and increase the active involvement of young lawyers, "transitioning" lawyers (lawyers aging out" of the Young Lawyers Section), and diverse lawyers in the activities of CBA sections, the CBA has launched the Presidential Fellowship Program. The goal of program is to provide such lawyers with an opportunity to become more involved in the substantive work of CBA sections, enhance their knowledge of the section, further develop into future leaders, 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 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, 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 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 a subcommittee of the Membership Committee with input from the applicable section.

To access the Fellowship Program Application, please click here

Application submission deadline is Friday, July 22, 2016