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Thirteen Students and Alumni Win National Public Interest Fellowship Competitions

Publication Date: 
May 18, 2005
Stanford Law School

Post-Graduate Fellowships

The Public Interest Program staff assists students and alumni with all aspects of the application processes for fellowships and the DOJ Honors Program. From helping during the selection process by potential fellowship sponsor organizations to reviewing application drafts to mock interviews, we provide broad-based support to ensure our students and alumni are as prepared as possible.

Stanford students and alumni are regularly among those selected for prestigious postgraduate public interest fellowships such as Skadden Public Interest Fellowships, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, the Department of Justice "Attorney General's Honors Program" recipients, and Fried Frank Fellowships.

2005 Skadden Public Interest Fellows

Stanford's Shakti Belway '05, Karie Lew '04, Bryn Martyna '05, and Sharon Terman '04 were selected to join the class of 2005 Skadden Public Interest Fellows.

At the Mississippi Center for Justice, Shakti Belway will challenge institutional barriers to equal education and represent individual, primarily minority, students inappropriately diverted into special education programs.

Karie Lew will protect and advance the rights of foster children by pursuing programmatic reform and providing individual representation, working with Legal Aid of San Mateo County.

Washington state foster children will be represented by Bryn Martyna, whose work with National Center for Youth Law will develop systematic change in placement and relocation policies as well as new models for coordination between court-appointed advocates, public defenders, and community groups.

Sharon Terman will engage in direct representation, public education, and strategic impact reform efforts to implement California's new paid family leave laws, in her project with the Employment Law Center.

2005 Equal Justice Works Fellows

Catherine Crump '04, Monica Ramirez '04, and Yael Zakai '05 were selected as 2005 Equal Justice Works Fellows. The Equal Justice Works Fellowships Program was launched in 1992 to address the shortage of attorneys working on behalf of traditionally under-served populations and causes in the United States and its territories.

Working with the national office of the ACLU, Catherine Crump will develop new litigation strategies to combat government, geographic, and policy restrictions on political dissent and the exercise of free speech.

Monica Ramirez will advance the rights of day laborers in California through community education and strategic litigation with the ACLU National Immigrants' Rights Project.

Yael Zakai will represent public school students in the Washington, DC area who are inappropriately disciplined because of their special education needs. She will be working at the Children's Law Center.

2005 U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General's Honors Program Recipients

The Attorney General's Honors Program is the Department of Justice's recruitment program for entry-level attorneys, and is the only way the DOJ hires graduating law students. The Honors Program is highly competitive.

Stanford's Marcy Cook '05 will be working in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. Michael Ferrera '03 and Nicola Mrazek '04 will be working in the Criminal Division, and Catherine Wannamaker '03 will be working in the Environment and Natural Resources Division.

2005 Fried Frank Fellowships

Each year, the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, and Jacobsen LLP offers two entry-level lawyers the opportunity to spend two years as Fried Frank litigators and then two years as staff attorneys with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) or the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

Stanford's Alexis Karteron '04 and Gladys Limon '03 have been selected to spend two years at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, and Jacobsen LLP and then two years at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and MALDEF, respectively.