Pathfinder Program

Pathfinder XL


The Pathfinder Program empowers emerging members in the Summit County community to enhance their professional development & networking by creating meaningful relationships with experienced members of the Akron Bar Association.


Participant Testimonial


“The Program has been fantastic!  It has allowed me to expand my network while building my practical skills as a lawyer.  I always have someone to talk to about general practice questions, & the Program helps illustrate the sense of community”

Jaclyn A. Palumbo, Esq.
Member Since 2014


Emerging Members (one to four years in practice)

Application: Attorney Participant Application [CLOSED]

Deadline: Rolling Admissions


Law Students (2L and 3L)


The Pathfinder Program connects 3rd and 2rd-year law students with local and experienced attorneys, who serve as Guides. Through one-on-one relationships, our Guides assist participants as they begin to transition from law school to the practice of law.

Application Law Student Participant Application [CLOSED]

Schedule of Events

Diversity Celebration (February) – Guides/Mentees will join members of the Akron Bar as we celebrate diversity in the profession and community.

Exploring Career Paths (March) – Guides/Mentees will coordinate a meeting to discuss the Guide’s career path, his or her practice areas, and opportunities for the mentees in the legal profession.

Building Your Brand & Networking (April) – Guides/Mentees will attend one (1) social or business-related activity.  Before the event, they will briefly discuss professionalism and best practices for navigating social/networking events.  In the past programs, Guides have often invited Mentees to visit their offices, etc.

Attorney Leaders (May) – Guides/Mentees will coordinate at least one (1) opportunity for Mentees to shadow a board, committee, section meeting, or another community event.  Before the meeting, they will discuss the roles in which attorneys serve as leaders in the community.

Bar Takers' Cookout (June) – As the Program concludes, Guides/Mentees will enjoy a picnic lunch while mingling with fellow law students, graduates, and members of the Akron Bar.


Guide Information

To become a Guide, please contact ​Akron Bar’s Director of Membership | 330.436.0106


Activities Guide
Status Update Form


Emerging Member Flyer
Law Student Flyer


Exit Survey