Young Lawyers Program Overview

Fellows program logoIn 2009, the Allegheny County Bar Foundation created the Young Lawyers Fellows Program as a formal means to:

  • Recognize and honor young lawyers 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.
  • Fund the ACBF Endowment to help support the ACBF’s pro bono initiatives, current programs and foster new and innovative projects, and fund the Grants Program in support of community programs that directly provide pro bono legal services to those who cannot otherwise afford representation.

Young Lawyers Fellows pledge $500 over five 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 Young Lawyers Fellow nominees. New Young Lawyers Fellows are inducted into the Fellows program at the annual Fellows reception and dinner.