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Bobbe and Jonathan Bridge Child Welfare Summer Fellowship

The Bobbe and Jonathan Bridge Child Welfare Summer Fellowship provides summer funding to Michigan law students pursuing careers in child welfare law.  The fellowship will be adjusted annually, with the inaugural 2017 fellowship in the amount of $2,500 awarded to two Michigan Law students ​working in the field of child welfare law during the summer between the 2nd and 3rd years of law school.

The fellowship will be awarded to students committed to pursuing careers in child welfare law either through the Law School's Child Advocacy Law Clinic or with a partner agency or organization.  Preference will be given to students who are interested in practicing law in the state of Washington.  The Bobbe and Jonathan Bridge Child Welfare Summer Fellowship is made possible by a gift from Bobbe and Jonathan Bridge.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 RECIPIENTS

Meridith Hoover ('18), Lawyers for Children
Claire Vetter ('18), Colorado Office of Child's Representative 

APPLICATION

In order to be considered for the Bobbe and Jonathan Bridge Child Welfare Summer Fellowship, you will need to submit your application on Symplicity (#13624) by February 24, 2017 at 12:00pm.  Your application must include a copy of your resume and an essay answering the following questions (in 750 words or less):  Please explain the work you hope to be doing this summer (including to the extent known, the name of the employer, location, duration of your placement, any funding you will be receiving), how it will further your career goals, and how this work and/or your background/experiences contribute to the field of child welfare law.

SELECTION

The Dean's Faculty Committee will select applicants based on demonstrated commitment to public service and adherence to the criteria  in the above description.

LIMITATIONS

  • Fellows must obtain a qualified placement by May 19, 2017, which must be approved by the Public Interest Director.
  • To be eligible for this award, the Fellow may not receive funding in excess of $7,500 for the entire summer from Michigan Law sources of funding (e.g. the 2L Public Service Guarantee).
  • Fellows must work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks at their internship.  The work performed must be non-partisan, legal in nature, and supervised by an attorney.
  • Bobbe and Jonathan Bridge Child Welfare Summer Fellowship funding may be considered taxable income even if a W-2 is not issues.  This should not be construed as tax advice, however, and we encourage you to consult with a tax advisor for more information.
  • Students interested in receiving Law School funds for a summer or post-graduate position outside the United States must consult with the Office of Career Planning regarding University-required paperwork that must be completed before funds can be released.  Further, the University's International Travel Policy lists University Travel Restricted Destinations, and activities in these destinations are not eligible for University funding.  Because the list of Travel Restricted Destinations is subject to change, students should be aware that it is possible that funding is not ensured, and should therefore keep in close contact with OCP about potentially affected destinations. 

PEER COUNSELING

At the conclusion of the summer, the Fellow must submit a summary for the Public Service Network that includes the contact information of the organization for which the Fellow worked, a description of the duties performed, and an evaluation of the job experience.

QUESTIONS

If you have any questions about the Bobbe and Jonathan Bridge Child Welfare Summer Fellowship, you can reach Alan Kahn, Public Interest Director, at kahnas@umich.edu or 734.764.0546.