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Patrice Wedderburn, '13 a Ruff Fellow at the DC OAG

Monday, May 19, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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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.

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 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 American University 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.”


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