Public Interest Fellows
The impact and commitment of Stanford Law faculty is matched by that of our students. Each year, Stanford selects third-year students as role models through the Public Interest Fellows program. Fellows mentor underclass students as they explore their own commitments to public interest law. After graduation they pursue careers in public service.
As graduates, Public Interest Fellows often join Stanford Law’s National Public Interest Alumni Network of practitioners across the country who mentor current students. Students can request a mentor with experience in specific geographic regions or practice areas, or from similar backgrounds, for help with career planning and clerkship applications or simply to enhance their sense of community.
“Serving as a public interest fellow at Stanford gave me the opportunity to play a leadership role in the shaping of the law school’s public interest program. Between mentoring 1L students, providing the administration with feedback and ideas for policy change, and planning events to raise student awareness of public interest opportunities, I felt that I had a real voice in the program. And it is because of that program that I was able to design my own public interest dream job as a Skadden Fellow. Were it not for the support and guidance of the Levin Center staff, clinical professors, and Stanford’s broader public interest community, including my many brilliant public interest peers, I would not be a legal aid attorney today.”
Sabrina Adler ’08, Skadden Foundation Fellow, Bay Area Legal Aid
“Stanford’s public interest grant program allowed me to intern at the National Center for Youth Law, improving educational outcomes for youth in foster care. I cannot say enough about the support I received from the Levin Center staff. Their guidance enabled me to pursue a career advocating for disadvantaged children, and the public interest community at Stanford helped sustain me throughout law school.”
Jesse Hahnel ’08, Skadden Fellow and Attorney, National Center for Youth
The support, encouragement, and inspiration provided by the Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law are unlike anything I could have ever imagined. Throughout law school, I was able to develop my skills and explore my interests thanks to the variety of pro bono opportunities, mentoring events, and speakers. The time, assistance, and dedication of the center staff undoubtedly helped me become a Skadden Fellow. I consider myself exceptionally lucky to be a member of Stanford Law’s thriving public interest community.
Tamika Butler ’09, Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society — Employment Law Center