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My experience at Pegasus Legal Services for Children was wonderful. I helped prepare an application for a major grant, even writing some of the application sections. Other projects included starting up a special education due process case, preparing kinship guardianship petitions, and involvement with a guardianship revocation case. I was able to make wonderful relationships at Pegasus, and am able to go back to them to utilize their connections in looking for employment. I am very thankful to the Bergstrom Fellowship program for this opportunity.
—Rebecca Kreiner, 3L, University of New Mexico Law School

Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship

The Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship is committed to inspiring the best and brightest law students to pursue careers in child welfare law. Through the fellowship, students gain experience and insight into the field and provide much needed services to various child welfare offices specializing in representing children, parents, and social service agencies. After attending a three-day training session at the end of May at Michigan Law, fellow​s spend at least 10 weeks at a child welfare law internship.

In 1995, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation provided a start-up three-year grant, as a part of the foundation's Families for Kids Initiative, to establish the Summer Child Welfare Law Fellowship through the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at Michigan Law. The Summer Fellowship program training is now funded by a generous gift from the Bergstrom Foundation in honor of the late Henry A. Bergstrom, '35. With the Bergstrom funding, the summer fellowship has gained a national scope.

2016 ​Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellows

Melissa Adamson, May 2017
University of California Berkeley School of Law
Legal Services for Children​, San Francisco, CA

Luis Beltran, May 2018
University of California Hastings School of Law
Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, San Francisco, CA

Emily Blumenstein, May 2017 
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Legal Assistance Foundation, Children and Family Division, Child Welfare Unit, Chicago, IL

Diamond Conley, May 2017
Michigan State University School of Law
Child Advocacy Law Clinic & Juvenile Justice Clinic, Ann Arbor, MI

Kristi Erickson, December 2016 
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Adam's County Attorney's Office, Dependency and Neglect Division, Denver, CO

Lauren Gleason, May 2017 
​University of California Berkeley School of Law
East Bay Children's Law Office, Oakland, CA

Rachel Granetz, 2017
Harvard Law School
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel, Children, Families & Aging Division, Washington, DC

Shakira Hansley, May 2017 
University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
Children's Law Center, Washington, DC

Eboni James, May 2018 
University of Tennessee College of Law
The Public Counsel, Children's Rights Project, Los Angeles, CA

Katie Joh, May 2017
University of Michigan Law School
National Center for Youth Law, San Francisco, CA

Nareene Karkashian, May 2018 
University of San Diego School of Law
Children's Law Center, ​Monterey Park, CA

Amber Star Leal, May 2018 
University of California Irvine School of Law
Alliance for Children's Rights, Los Angeles, CA

Laura Page, May 2018
University of Michigan Law School
Alliance for Children's Rights, Los Angeles, CA

Elaine Saly, 2017
New York University School of Law
King County Department of Public Defense, Seattle, WA

Jacqueline Stolzenberg, May 2018 
University of Michigan Law School
Child Advocacy Law Clinic & Juvenile Justice Clinic, Ann Arbor, MI​

Criteria for Selection
Our selection criteria include evidence of commitment to the field of children's law, past experiences related to children and family, and performance indicative of likely future success in the field. We will give some advantage to students who have arranged their own summer placements and all or part of their summer living stipend. Interested applicants should not be deterred if they have not identified their summer placement or source of summer money, however. Once accepted into the fellowship program, we will assist in placement and the search for funds.

Financial Aspects
For fellows accepted into the program, we will cover living expenses during the training. We will also cover each fellow's travel costs to Ann Arbor to attend the training and then to his or her internship site or back home (up to $650). We encourage students to seek out sources of funding, such as from their law school career placement office, public interest groups, or student funded fellowships. Equal Justice America Fellowships may be available. The summer placement may be in a position to provide some support.

The 2017 Application will be available in January 2017. 

For more information, contact Jackie Julien at 734.763.5000 or​​​​​

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