District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan announced the first 11 Charles (Chuck) F.C. Ruff Fellows, who will work for a year on District of Columbia legal issues. UDC-DCSL is sponsoring a Ruff Fellowship, with Jessica Gray '10 joining the Family Services Division on May 21, 2012.
The 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 US Attorney for the District of Columbia and taught at area law schools including Antioch School of Law. Ruff, who passed away in 2000, was also White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton after his service as Corporation Counsel.
Attorney General Nathan said, "We thank the law schools for their partnership in this important new fellowship program. We are looking forward to working with such a bright and talented group of new lawyers who are committed to public service in the District of Columbia. I am confident these fellows will serve the District well.”