Fellowship Collaborative Program
The Toledo Bar Association in collaboration with the Toledo Legal Aid Society established a new, one-year fellowship program that provides entry-level opportunities for new lawyers practicing in the Toledo metropolitan area. Through this program, the Toledo Bar Association and Toledo Legal Aid Society will provide new lawyers with meaningful training, mentoring, work, law practice resources, and development of marketable skills that will assist them in their long-term career advancement. This program will also provide a service to the community through fellows helping to provide representation to underrepresented populations, individuals of modest means, and parties who might otherwise proceed pro se.
Participating fellows will receive:
- Training, mentoring, and continuing education on law practice management and substantive areas of the law.
- Office space, a computer, access to practice management software, and a stipend for professional liability insurance for the duration of their participation in the program.
- Work provided through the fellowship, including modest means clients and other referral work.
For their work through Toledo Legal Aid Society, fellows will be paid for 20 hours a week. Each fellow will be paired with an attorney from the felony division and the misdemeanor division. These pairings will establish a mentoring relationship with two experienced attorneys and provide a strong foundation for a career in criminal defense. Fellows will engage in client interviews; conduct arraignments and bond modification hearings; negotiate with prosecutors; research legal issues; participate in trials and suppression hearings; draft sentencing memoranda; and participate in sentencing hearings. Notably, Fellows will gain valuable experience in representing clients in both felony and misdemeanor courts.
This is an exciting opportunity for the Toledo Bar Association to partner with the Toledo Legal aid Society and help young lawyers start and grow their practice here in Toledo.