American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section Fellowship Program 2023 

Deadline: Nov. 22, 2022.

American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section Fellowship Program 2023

The American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section Fellowship Program seeks candidates with a demonstrable interest in the dispute resolution field, and a commitment to taking increasing leadership roles and responsibilities within the Section. The program is designed to provide Fellows with opportunities to gain experience with the Section and help them advance their careers in the dispute resolution field. Fellows work with a Section committee of their interest in one year with the option to continue in a second year. Fellows are expected to remain active with the Section long-term and be the next generation of Section leadership.

There will be four Fellows program check-in calls in January, April, July, and October. Fellows are asked to commit to at least four hours per month to the program. Fellows’ projects can include activities like writing blogs and/or newsletters, organizing committee events, creating directories and/or resource lists, conducting research, cultivating social media engagement, outreach to build partnerships with other organizations, writing an article for a Section publication, or organizing a Section educational webinar or podcast. You will work with your assigned committee’s co-chairs to determine a project that fits your interests and the committee’s needs.

Benefits of Being a Fellow

  • Mentorship and guidance from the cochairs of a substantive committee related to a dispute resolution subtopic of your interest.
  • Access to network with Section leadership, some of the world’s top dispute resolution thought leaders, practitioners, and educators.
  • Meaningful professional opportunities around speaking and publishing.
  • Complimentary registration to the Section’s Spring Conference, the largest dispute resolution conference in the world. The 2023 Conference is May 10-13 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Who Should Apply

  • Law students and recent graduates with an interest in a dispute resolution career path.
  • Professionals with ADR-related and/or legal experience. There is no upper limit on experience.
  • Experienced practitioners looking to transition to a career in dispute resolution.
  • 2022 Fellows who wish to continue in their second year.

Requirements of Fellows

  • Be a member of or join the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution.
  • Be an active member of assigned Section committee and participate in all committee meetings.
  • Be actively involved in at least one substantive project of assigned committee.
  • Report on projects at each of four Fellowship Program check-in calls.
  • Commit to continue active involvement in the Section after Fellowship year by mentoring new members / Fellows, staying involved in Section committees, and assuming leadership positions within the Section.


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