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Appellate Practice Section offers fellowship program for new lawyers

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Appellate Practice Section bannerThe Appellate Practice Section is taking applications for its subsidized fellowship program aimed at attracting and cultivating young, diverse leadership to the section.

One fellowship is awarded each year and the selected attorney fellow will serve a two-year term. Fellows will have the opportunity to gain appellate experience, and, if permitted, take on an appellate pro bono case with assistance of a mentor. If the attorney fellow’s practice prohibits pro bono representation, the fellow will assist in planning a section CLE presentation, instead. Fellows may also elevate their presence in the appellate bar by publishing an article in one of the section’s publications.

“Our diversity efforts aim to attract members from a wide variety of practice areas,” said Courtney Brewer, co-chair of the Fellowship Program Committee for the 1,500-member section that includes civil and criminal lawyers, plaintiff and defense lawyers, and others interested in the appellate process. “Therefore, although applicants should have an interest in appellate practice, they need not have any experience.”

Selected fellows will receive a subsidy of up to $1,500 per year (not to exceed actual out-of-pocket expenses) to help defray the expense of attending section meetings. Fellows will also receive complimentary section membership during their term. Fellows will be assigned a mentor, who is a member of the Appellate Practice Section Executive Council, to assist in maximizing his or her experience.

The Fellowship Program is open to all members of The Florida Bar in good standing who have been practicing for fewer than five years.

Fellowship applications and minimum requirements may be requested via email from Appellate Practice Section Program Administrator Cheri Wright, at [email protected]. Completed applications must be also be returned to Wright via email and must be received no later than April 30. Fellows Program Committee Co-Chairs Brewer ([email protected]) and Jamie Moses ([email protected]) should also be copied on the completed applications. Any questions concerning the program may be directed to Brewer or Moses. The selected fellow will be notified by June 1.

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