Attorney General Luther Strange was recently inducted into the Fellows program of the Alabama Law Foundation.
Strange was nominated by former Attorney General William Holcombe Pryor, who now serves as a judge for the Eleventh Circuit. Yes, he's the same Judge Pryor embroiled in a nude photo scandal.
But what is the Fellows program and, more importantly, why aren't you a member?
Fellows Program of the Alabama Law Foundation
The Alabama Law Foundation is a charitable, tax-exempt organization composed of several separate programs. Each program aims provide lawyers with opportunities to better their profession and their communities. The foundation makes annual grants to organizations that provide free legal aid to low-income individuals in civil cases, for projects that improve the administration of justice and for law-related education.
Under the umbrella of the Alabama Law Foundation, the Fellows program was established in 1995 to honor Alabama bar members for outstanding service and commitment. Those chosen to become Fellows are given the opportunity to increase their leadership roles through the Alabama Law Foundation. As leaders in the legal community, Fellows provide financial and personal support for the Alabama Law Foundation, the charitable arm of the Alabama State Bar.
How to Get Inducted
Currently, there are 296 Fellows of the Alabama Law Foundation. But getting into the program isn't easy.
Each year, the Alabama Law Foundation chooses a select group of lawyers to induct into the Fellows Program. According to the Foundation website, "No more than 1% of bar members may become Fellows." Still unknown: whether Fellows receive members-only jackets.
If you're one of the lucky few to be selected, expect to fork over membership dues. Fellows pay a $2000 initiation fee and dues of $100 a year for ten years, at which point they become Life Fellows; there are 137 Life and Charter Members.
In your case, it might be more realistic (and cost-effective) to give yourself a hearty pat on the back for your pro bono work.
- AG Strange Inducted into Fellows Program of Alabama Law Foundation (Dothan's WTVY)
- Legal Day Job Got You Down? Put on a Pro Bono Happy Face (FindLaw's Greedy Associates)
- Pro Bono Services Can Pay Off for Your Practice (FindLaw's Strategist)