What is a Fellow?
A Fellow is a member of the Foundation – an attorney who gives their time, talent and treasure to advance the law and build a better justice system through community service efforts and monetary donations to the Foundation.
How do I become a Fellow?
Fellows must be nominated; however, self-nominations are welcome. All nominations are due by January 15th and are reviewed by the Membership Committee – final approval is required by the Board of Trustees. Get started by filling out our nomination form.
If I'm a Fellow, what is required of me?
Your Fellows' experience is designed to be personalized.
Throughout your first year, you'll be invited to meetings with other Fellows to network, learn more about the Foundation and occasionally, we roll up our sleeves and do some community service. In the past, we've packed boxes at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank; conducted practice job interviews for students in the Law & Leadership Institute and we've helped prepare students for mock trial competitions.
We have a variety of programs designed to help you take the law to young adults in fun, interactive, easy-to-teach programs like Constitution Classroom, B4USend and FWD@18 – each one can be co-taught with our program consultant, another Fellow or you can present them on your own.
In 2015, one Fellow decided to teach Constitution Classroom to his daughter's eighth-grade class – he had so much fun, he taught three more lessons! (Right about now, you're thinking…how can he be out of the office so much?) But guess what? Our Fellows tell us experiences like this rekindle their passion for the law and help them recommit to their jobs – the time away actually improves their mindset which in turn, improves their work at the office.
Because we are a grantmaking organization, there is a fundraising component to our Fellows program. As a Fellow, you are committing to an initial pledge of $2,500 – your individualized pledge agreement can range from a one-time, single payment to 10 payments over a 10-year period.
What makes the Foundation different?
100% of all donations support our grantmaking to programs and projects throughout Ohio that align with our mission to promote the pursuit of justice and the public understanding of the rule of law.
A nomination by another Fellow is the most common path to nomination, but we do welcome self-nominations. All nominations are due by December 15th. Eligible candidates must:
- be admitted to the Bar of the State of Ohio, and have served from the time of their admission to the bar for a period of at least three (3) years, and have established their professional and public service reputation.
- be in good standing with the Supreme Court of Ohio and not subject to current or pending disciplinary action or proceeding.
- be members of the Ohio State Bar Association or become a member of the OSBA prior to becoming a Fellow.
It's an Exclusive Membership
These Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellows believe our democracy works better when people understand the law and have fair and equal access to justice. We'd like to thank them for their commitment to the Foundation.