Students, alumni clean up on fellowships

From protecting the rights of Native Alaskans in villages devastated by global warming to ensuring that low-income people receive appropriate legal representation in a Portland, Maine family court, high-profile post-graduate public interest fellowships are once again helping recent Michigan Law students serve the greater good -- literally from one end of the country to the other.

Five Michigan Law students and alums have been selected for prestigious fellowships thus far this season. Among them are three recipients of Skadden Fellowships, widely recognized as the most competitive public service awards in the country.

Michigan’s most recent Skadden recipients continue a ten-year run during which the Law School’s graduates have received at least one Skadden Fellowship per year – one of only three such schools in the country. Michigan has the fourth highest number of total recipients since the fellowships were founded in 1988.

Two additional awards -- a Coffin Family Law Fellowship and an Equal Justice Works Fellowship -- round out this year’s crop. Recipients include:

"These fellowships serve as launching pads to public interest careers," said MaryAnn Sarosi, the Law School's Assistant Dean for Public Service. "Landing a position in the public interest world is challenging. Students have the daunting task of competing for very few entry-level jobs, and that just leaves me more in awe of all of our public service students, who persevere in order to do the work they love in the face of low salaries and high student loan debt."