Public Interest Scholarship Profiles
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Beech Street Scholarship
The Beech Street Scholarship is awarded annually to a Washington, D.C. resident who demonstrates academic rigor and a desire to pursue public interest law.
Nichole Mailman, ‘09, graduated cum laude from Smith College in 2001, majoring in Anthropology. There, as a Student Research in Departments (STRIDE) scholar, she conducted academic research with Anthropology and Philosophy professors and studied in Zimbabwe and the School for Oriental and African Studies in London. After college, while working for the Empowerment of Women Research Program, she contributed to research studies on gender equity, reproductive and sexual health and women’s empowerment in Bangladesh and Vietnam. She analyzed data on early marriage, early childbearing and violence against women in Bangladesh. She assisted with creating relevant policy and program recommendations and co-authored a report, Violence against Women in Marriage in Bangladesh.
Later, she worked with Refugees International, and traveled to interview internally-displaced people in Kosovo and Burmese refugees in Bangladesh and India. She advocated with United Nations (UN) agencies, donors, missions and other humanitarian agencies and asked for better protection and increased assistance. Most significantly, she investigated the severe lead poisoning affecting the development of Roma (or "Gypsy”) children, who lived in UN camps. She increased awareness of the issue, and her efforts ultimately resulted in a U.S. Center for Disease Control team traveling to Kosovo and Congressman Tom Lantos writing on this issue to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General and U.S. Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton. Today, the Roma from the poisoned camps have been moved to a safer location and are receiving medical treatment.
Nichole is currently an Associate Editor of the Law Review and will be Managing Editor of Law Review next academic year. She has continued to pursue her interest in international issues by volunteering with the Immigrant and Refugees Rights Division of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. Last summer, she worked as a summer intern at the Headquarters Immigration Court of the Executive Office of Immigration Review. She is interning at the Arlington Immigration Court during the summer of 2008, as part of the Department of Justice’s competitive Summer Law Intern Program.
Raymond F. Hossfeld was Chief Civilian Counsel for patents at the U.S. Patent Office and an education advocate. This scholarship is awarded annually to a Washington D.C. resident who plans to pursue a career in public interest law.
Keri Nash, ‘09, graduated from New York University in 2001, with a B.A. in Politics. Keri is a very active member of the UDC-DSCL community and greater Washington, D.C. This spring, she devoted over 500 hours to the UDC-DCSL Housing Clinic where she represented clients at the Office of Administration Hearings in cases involving housing code violations and illegal rent increases. Keri serves as an Associate Editor for the Law Review and is a Dean’s Fellow. This summer, Keri is interning at the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia Division, where she will advocate for persons at risk for parole revocation. During the 2008-2009 academic year, Keri will serve as the Publication Editor for Law Review as well as Chair of Academic Support for the Black Student Law Association. Keri has served as Executive Assistant for Congressman Brad Carson, Intern for United Nations America Children’s Fund, and intern for Superior Court, Judge Russell Canon, ‘76, an Antioch School of Law graduate. Keri is interested in making policy, especially with regard to tenant’s rights, public education, health care, and other issues crucial to the working class and poor. Keri experienced first hand the influence corporations and the wealthy have on the policymaking process through her work at a lobbying firm. She wants to use her law degree to help people "normally marginalized by moneyed interests.”