Martindale-Hubbell Creates FellowshipTo Promote Public Interest Law

Friday, April 1, 2005 - 00:00

LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell has announced the debut of a legal fellowship program to promote education, the practice of public interest law and diversity in the legal profession.

The LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell Legal Fellowship will award two grants each year, one in the summer and one in the winter, to individuals or associations whose applications are selected by the company's Legal Fellowship Committee. The awards will consist of a minimum $15,000 each.

The deadline for the first Fellowship is May 1. (Winner to be announced in June) and the deadline for the second Fellowship is November 1 (winner to be announced in December). For more information or to complete and submit the application for a fellowship grant, visit www.martindale.com/ratings and click on the "legal fellowship" icon.

"Our goal with this program is to further enhance our contribution to the legal profession by providing additional financial support to individuals who have a passion for advancing the practice of law in socially relevant ways," said Paul Gazzolo, chief operating officer of New Providence, NJ-based LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.

According to Gazzolo, funding for the Legal Fellowship is being generated by sales from Martindale-Hubbell's new Peer Review Rating Acknowledgments program.

Martindale-Hubbell also has announced the introduction of Attorney MatchSM , a new online resource that connects lawyers and law firms with potential clients through its lawyers.com website.

Attorney Match is an automated client development service that uses the efficiency of email to connect attorneys with potential clients in need of legal assistance. Attorneys who subscribe to the service receive email messages when specific matters arise that match their own legal expertise and the geographic area in which they practice.

The new service works in a four-step process:

  • A potential client enters the ZIP code in which he/she would like to find an attorney and the area of practice to which their legal need is related;
  • The individual fills out a brief form that contains information about the legal situation and submits it on lawyers.com;
  • The system then returns the 10 closest participating attorneys who match the potential client's request and the individual selects attorneys to which he/she would like to send an inquiry;
  • The participating attorneys receive an email with the individual's inquiry details; they can elect whether they wish to respond and can contact the prospective client by email or phone.