The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section is now accepting applications to its fellowship program aimed at recruiting young practitioners to the Bar’s largest and oldest section.
The fellowship program — created in 2007 and modeled after the successful fellowship program of the ABA — allows individuals to be substantially involved in the section’s work, receive leadership training, and work closely with leading attorneys in their field.
The fellowship program is open to all lawyers who are members of the RPPTL Section and have been admitted to the Bar for fewer than 12 years or are younger than 38 years of age. Applicants should be able to demonstrate that a substantial portion of their practice is focused in the area of real property, probate, or trust law.
The deadline to apply is April 1.
The mission of the Fellowship Program is to attract and retain young lawyers to the section.
“It is our desire that through this program the section will cultivate and develop future leaders to continue the strong presence of the RPPTL Section as a leader in The Florida Bar,” said Marsha G. Madorsky, chair of the fellowship program. “Our fellowship program is also designed to supplement and support the efforts of the section’s membership and inclusion committee.”
The program will award a maximum of four fellowships per year. Fellows are chosen each year for a two-year term. The RPPTL Section has over 50 active committees and an executive council with more than 225 active members. The executive council (and the section committees) meet on a quarterly basis, beginning in July each year, at locations throughout the state of Florida. The quarterly meetings usually run from Thursday through Saturday and include substantive work and social events for networking.
Each fellow will receive a subsidy of up to $2,500 annually (not to exceed actual out-of-pocket expenses) to help defray the expense of attending RPPTL Section meetings. Each fellow will also be assigned a social mentor, who is a member of the executive council, to assist the fellow in maximizing his or her experience and attending RPPTL social events. Each fellow will be assigned a committee mentor and second year fellow to assist the fellow’s active involvement in the committee that most closely fits the fellow’s practice area with the goal of maximizing his or her professional development.
In return for section commitments, a fellow is required to attend a minimum of three executive council meetings per year, serve as an active member of the membership and inclusion committee, and be an active member of at least one substantive committee. As an active committee member, the fellow will be required to complete one substantive work project on behalf of the committee on an annual basis. This project may include writing an article in his or her area of expertise for ActionLine — the section’s publication — chairing a subcommittee, or drafting proposed legislation on behalf of the committee.
To assure these requirements are fulfilled, each fellow must submit a work plan to the fellows and mentoring committee by October of each year, which outlines the substantive work project they have chosen, and a report at the end of each year.
“At the end of the fellowship term, we are confident all fellows will find that the program helped them to enhance their development personally and professionally,” Madorsky said. “We also sincerely hope that all fellows will continue to be actively involved in the RPPTL Section committees and work toward becoming a member of the executive council.”
The application is available through the RPPTL Section website. All applications should be submitted to [email protected] [email protected] or by mail to RPPTL Fellowship Program, ATTN: James “Jamie” Spradlin, Professional Development, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300. Madorsky also is available for additional information and may be reached at [email protected] or 305-539-7436.