Patrice Wedderburn, ’13 is one of thirteen new
Charles (Chuck) F.C. Ruff Fellows who began work this past winter at D.C.’s
Office of the Attorney General (OAG).
The fellows, all 2013 graduates,
are being funded jointly by the schools and OAG. They were chosen by the
Attorney General’s Office in a competition among top graduates of each school,
and will work on D.C. legal issues for a year.Two previous classes totaling 30 Ruff Fellows worked at OAG
during the last two years. Several of them were hired for permanent positions
in the office. Patrice is working with the Family Services Division, Mental Health
Section – following in the footsteps of Jessica
Gray, ’10, who served in the same office as a Ruff Fellow last year.
fellowships were created to provide the District with more legal help and to
promote public interest legal work. They are named in honor of Charles F.C.
Ruff, who was the District of Columbia Corporation Counsel (the position now
known as Attorney General) from 1995 to 1997. Ruff also served as the U.S.
Attorney for the District of Columbia
and taught at area law schools. Ruff, who passed away in 2000, was White House
Counsel to President Bill Clinton after his service as Corporation Counsel.
In a press release announcing the new group, Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan said, “We are
delighted with our continuing partnership with three law schools and welcome
the addition of AmericanUniversity to the ranks
this year. Our previous classes of talented Ruff Fellows have contributed an
enormous amount to our legal work on behalf of the District, and we expect no
less from the new class of outstanding law school graduates.”