American Bar Association
Business Law Fellows, Ambassadors and Diplomats

Business Law Fellows, Ambassadors and Diplomats

Purpose of the Program

The mission of the Business Law Fellows, Ambassadors and Diplomats (FAD) Committee is to increase participation of young lawyers, lawyers of color and lawyers with disabilities in Section activities and to provide leadership pathways within the Section for these lawyers. During their two-year terms, FADs are encouraged and expected to actively participate in the Section and take advantage of opportunities to demonstrate leadership, increase their substantive knowledge and expand their professional network. Through these positive efforts, the FADs and FAD Committee burnish the image of the Section among lawyers with disabilities, the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division and national minority bar associations.

Committee Facts

  • Committee co-chairs are past FAD recipients
  • Total of 16 fellows, ambassadors and diplomats (FADs)
  • Each FAD member is reimbursed expenses to attend Section meetings for up to two years
  • Competitive selection process each Spring
  • The FAD program provides pathways to participation in the Section’s substantive and administrative committees and leadership
  • FAD participants are assigned both substantive and FAD alumni mentors
  • FAD participants required to actively participate in the work of at least one of the Section's substantive committees

Areas of Expertise

  • The FAD committee and project were developed to respond and counter the reasons often cited by underrepresented lawyer groups, including: (i) negative perceptions stemming from the ABA’s past exclusionary practices, (ii) cost of attending meetings, (iii) perceived lack of opportunity to be an active participant in the Section’s substantive work
  • The FAD committee assists the Section in implementing the Section’s diversity and future leadership plans
  • The FAD committee enhances the Section’s image among the Section’s potential membership pool, including: (i) lawyers of color and members of minority bar associations, (ii) members of the ABA young lawyers divisions, and its state and local affiliates, and (iii) lawyers with disabilities

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