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2008 Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program

Wednesday, October 15, 2008  
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Each year, dozens of public-interest organizations, local and national government agencies, and judicial chambers send representatives to the Summer Fellowship Fair at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. Their mission: to recruit a UDC-DCSL student for summer work.

Through this program, students provide a minimum of 400 hours of attorney-supervised, law-related work. They learn about a substantive area of law, deepen their commitment to public service, and make wonderful professional contacts for themselves and those law students who will follow them.

This year, a record 50 students participated. While the majority of students do their fellowships in the District and environs, some take the opportunity to establish or reestablish connections in other places across the country or around the world. This summer, 2L Lucas Dansie supported an immigration non-profit in Spain. A few years ago, another student, Jeremy Schroeder, did his fellowship, in part, at the Hague in Switzerland!

The program is funded by alumni, law firms, foundations and friends of the School of Law through the DC School of Law Foundation, which provides $3,000 stipends for all 1Ls and as many 2Ls as possible. In addition to funding provided through the regular summer program, some student work is funded by special grants. In 2008, Equal Justice America funded summer Fellows in the School of Law's Community Development Clinic and Juvenile Law Clinic. Also in 2008, the Women's Bar Association Foundation (WBAF) funded a summer Fellow in the School of Law's HIV/AIDS Clinic.

LaShawn Shaw"Working with clients living with HIV/AIDS and helping them secure peace of mind during what is likely their final stages of life has been an invaluable experience. The WBAF Summer Fellowship provided me the opportunity to advocate for those who otherwise seem voiceless.  I was able to secure the wishes of dying mothers in regard to their children’s future.  I was able to advocate for grandparents who despite illnesses struggle to maintain strong family ties, and I was also able to secure a better quality of life for clients by helping them to obtain much needed public benefits such as transportation, food services and social security benefits.  At times the work could be emotionally challenging, but the feeling of using the law to secure peace of mind and a better quality of life has been an experience that I will always carry with me.”
LaShawn Shaw, 09
2008 WBAF Summer Fellow
Summer 2008 Placements
  • Joy Aceves-Amaya, ‘10,
    Public Defender Service of DC
  • Melanie Acuna, ‘10,
    Public Defender Service of MD
  • Julie Akemann, ‘10,
    DC Office of the Attorney General
  • Mark Bianchini, ‘10,
    US Attorney's Office for DC
  • Pia Biswas, ‘10,
    DC Superior Court
  • Nicholas Clark, ‘10,
    ABA Center on Children & the Law
  • Liz Crow, ‘09,
    MD Circuit Court
  • Tara Cugelman-McMahon, ‘10,
    DC Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss
  • Lucas Dansie, ‘09,
    Comision Espanola de Ayuda al Refugiado
  • Tess Davis, ‘09,
    Cache County UT Attorney's Office
  • Beth Donchez, ‘10,
    Alliance for Justice
  • Linward Edwards, ‘10,
    Darlington County SC Public Defender Service
  • Sara Fathi-Nejad, ‘10,
    Neighborhood Legal Services Program
  • Jenny Fein, ‘09,
    Student Press Law Center
  • Angela Gandy, ‘09,
    ABA Commission on Law and Aging
  • Jessica Gray, ‘10,
    Public Defender Service of DC
  • Vanessa Hagen, ‘09,
    US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • Richard Hayes, ‘09,
    UDC-DCSL Community Development Clinic (EJA Fellow)
  • Robert Hilliard, ‘10,
    DC Office of the Attorney General
  • Dean Hinton, ‘10,
    DC Office of the Attorney General
  • Molly Hoffman, ‘09,
    DC Office of the Attorney General
  • Ashley Hughes, ‘10,
    DC Office of the Attorney General
  • Jacqueline Indula, ‘10,
    Neighborhood Legal Services Program
  • William Kennedy, ‘10,
    Public Defender Service of DC
  • Meredith Kinner, ‘10,
    Neighborhood Legal Services Program
  • Nancy Kuenyehia, ‘09,
    Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
  • Rosemary Larry, ‘10,
    DC Superior Court & AARP
  • Gunella Lilly, ‘09,
    US Dept. of Justice Immigration Court (VA)
  • Nadya Maldonado, ‘09,
    UDC-DCSL Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
  • Kenneth McCall, ‘10,
    AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly
  • Justin McLeod, ‘10,
    State Attorney General for Montgomery County
  • Francis Melli, ‘10,
    AFGE Local 12
  • Keri Nash, ‘09,
    Public Defender Service of DC
  • Katherine Pappas, ‘10,
    ALJ for OSHA
  • Peter Paulk, ‘09,
    Community Development Clinic
  • Michael Pincinelli, ‘10,
    AFGE Local 12
  • Erik Pinsonnault, ‘09,
    Judicial Internship & NYS Attorney General
  • Kimberly Pulick, ’10,
    DC Superior Court
  • Yesenia Rivera, ‘10,
    Center for Immigration Law & Practice
  • Sarah Rozensky, ‘10,
    DC Office of the Attorney General
  • Ramon Ruiz, ‘10,
    DC Superior Court
  • LaShawn Shaw, ‘09,
    UDC-DCSL Juvenile Law Clinic (WBAF Fellow)
  • Megan Stockhausen, ‘10,
    Center for Immigration Law & Practice
  • Katherine Tackett, ‘10,
    US Dept. of Justice Immigration Court (FL)
  • Matthew Throop, ‘09,
    UDC-DCSL HIV/AIDS Clinic (EJA Fellow)
  • Dennis Van Dusen, ‘09,
    Public Defender Service of MD
  • Travis Van Hook, ‘10,
    Legal Services of Northern VA
  • Dana Walters, ‘10,
    DC OAG Youth Rehabilitation Services
  • Florence Weniger, ‘10,
    DC Office of the Attorney General
  • Kwame Willingham, ‘09,
    ACLU of GA Voting Rights Project

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