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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 training session in 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.

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 her or his 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 2019 Bergstrom Fellowship training will take place May 13 - 15, 2019, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The application for the 2019 training will be available here in January 2019. 

2018 Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellows

Patrick Angulo, New York University School of Law

Sarah Attridge, CUNY School of Law

Katherine Azcona, CUNY School of Law

Kelsey Dunn, New York Law School

Alison Gordon, University of Colorado Law School

Stacy Ham, Georgetown University Law Center

Tobias Kuehne, Yale Law School

Dylan Lang, New England Law | Boston

Kellie Majcher, University of Michigan Law School

Camila Mojica, University of California, Davis

Tirza Mullin, University of Michigan Law School

Daniella Salazar, The University of Texas School of Law

Cecilia Snyder, Valparaiso University Law School

Yong Ho (Allen) Song, Harvard Law School

Jessica Valadez, UC Hastings College of the Law

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

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