Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program

About the Program

The Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program will soon be accepting applications for the next group of Fellows. The Fellowship Program provides opportunities for lawyers in under-represented groups such as ethnically diverse lawyers, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, to actively participate within the Criminal Justice Section and prepare them to take on leadership roles within the Section.

The primary objectives of the program are to attract, retain and develop talented diverse lawyers, foster a culture of diversity and inclusion, to further demonstrate the Section’s commitment to ensuring equal opportunity in the profession and to create a pipeline of future Section leaders.

Fellowship Details

Participation in the Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship will include the following:

· Appointment to and active participation in the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Fellow may also join a subcommittee of choice.

· An assigned mentor(s).

· Assignment and responsibility for a committee project designed to further the goals and objectives of the Section. Projects may include: Organize CJS CLE, Webinar, Article Publication, or Organize CJS Member Event.

· Recognition in Section publications and on the website.

· Attendance at 2 Criminal Justice Section leadership meetings annually with reimbursement of round-trip airfare, hotel, ground transportation, and per diem for all meetings capped at $2,000 per year per individual.

The Program will select participants for the next fellowship cycle and fund their expenses to attend Criminal Justice Section meetings for two years. Applicants must be a member of the ABA to participate in the fellowship program.  

Fellowship Application

Please submit all contents of your application to crimjustice@americanbar.org in a pdf format using the subject line “Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Application”.

Selection Process

The Criminal Justice Section Diversity and Inclusion Committee will oversee the process by which applicants are selected. Successful candidates will demonstrate a history of commitment to criminal justice, public service, and professional excellence.  The Fellowship applications will be available in July 2019.  The committee will select applicants in August 2019.


The application deadline is August 7, 2019.

Applicants will be notified no later than the end of August 2019.