In 1996, the Allegheny County Bar Foundation established the Fellows program as a formal means to:
- Recognize and honor attorneys who have shown a commitment to excellence in charitable, community, professional, and/or public service activities.
- Recognize a level of professional distinction in the legal community based on significant contributions.
- Create an endowment for bar foundation programs and foster new and innovative programs.
- Create an organization of members who recognize and accept the bar's ongoing challenge to fund public service activities.
Fellows pledge $1,200 over four years to support the foundation in two important ways:
- 50% of each pledge helps build the foundation’s endowment. Interest income from the endowment will support the foundation’s efforts to enhance the delivery of pro bono legal services to low-income clients in Allegheny County.
- 50% of each pledge supports the foundation’s Grants Program which helps fund community programs that directly provide pro bono legal services to those who cannot otherwise afford representation.
The Fellows Committee reviews and extends invitations to approved Fellow nominees. New Fellows are inducted into the Fellows program at the annual Fellows reception and dinner.