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The Business Law Section Fellowship Program

The Business Law Section of The Florida Bar (the “Section”) consists of numerous active committees, as well as Executive Council with more than 60 members. The Section has a longstanding commitment to the recruitment of young and diverse lawyers to join, participate and ultimately serve in leadership positions of the Section. To facilitate its goals, the Section has created a Fellowship Program to provide a two-year subsidy to eight qualified applicants who express an interest in becoming active in the substantive work and leadership of the Section. The Fellowship Program is designed to assist a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers in becoming better leaders within our profession and the Section, while enhancing their leadership skills. Each year a select group of participants are selected from applications submitted to the Inclusion, Mentoring, & Fellowship Committee of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar.


Application period for for 2024-2026 is now closed. The newest class of Fellows will be announced at the June meeting. 

Becoming a Fellow

Who Should Apply?

The Fellowship Program is open to all members of the Florida Bar in good standing who satisfy the following criteria: (a) current members of the Business Law Section; (b) practicing in the Florida Bar for fewer than 10 years or younger than 36 years of age; and (c) Applicants must demonstrate that a substantial portion of their practice is focused in the area of Business law.

Why Should I Apply?

As a Fellow you will be part of a select group of leaders who are provided the opportunity to:

  • Develop and enhance leadership skills important to your future in the legal profession.
  • Network, interact, collaborate, and build relationships with state bar leaders and attorneys.
  • Get an insider’s look at important role the Section plays within our legal system, while working closely with leading attorneys in the Business Law field.

What Should I Know Before I Apply?

Attendance and Commitment Policy: Participation in the Fellowship Program as a Fellow requires a commitment of time and resources. Fellows are required to attend Executive Council meetings and substantive committee meetings at the Section’s meetings in January, June and Labor-Day weekend each year. Attendance at meetings is mandatory and Fellows may be dropped from the program for non-attendance. Upon becoming a Fellow, you agree that after completion of the program you will become involved with and undertake an active role in the Section and/or act as a mentor to a member of the incoming class.

Meet the 2024 Fellows

Meet the 2023 Fellows

Meet the 2022 Fellows

Alumni of the Fellowship Program

In the News:

Outstanding article by BLS Fellow Giacomo Bossa titled “Diversity Fellowship of the BLS – A Path to Modern Leadership”, was published in the March Dade_County_Bar Bulletin. Read the article.