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2014 Fellowships Award to MLaw Students, Alumni 

MLaw Students, Alumni Awarded Fellowships for Public Service in United States, Abroad

By Jenny Whalen
April 21, 2014

With the support of a wide range of merit-based fellowships​, many Michigan Law students and alumni will have the ability this year to provide legal assistance to underserved populations, pursue government work, and conduct research that may have been impossible without financial assistance.

"We are so proud of this year's fellows and so grateful for the funding that allows them to do the work they came to law school to do," said Public Interest Director Alyson Robbins.

From the Cohn Summer Fellowship's support of students working at judicial internships, government agencies, or nonprofit organizations within the State of Michigan to the postgraduate Krzys Public Interest Fellowship for alumni serving low-income individuals in civil legal or civil rights matters, the fellowships awarded this year will support students and alumni pursuing public interest and government work across the globe.

Congratulations to all of this year's fellowship recipients!

Postgraduate Fellowships

Clara Belfield-Henry Bates Overseas Fellowship

  • Katherine Blair, '14, International Justice Mission, Zambia
  • Ananda Burra, '14, Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Betsy Fisher, '14, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Amman, Jordan
  • Joshua Hazan, '13, European Commission, Directorate-General for Competition, Mergers Case Support and Policy Unit, Brussels, Belgium
  • Michael Pinjuv, '14, Asylum Access, Bankok, Thailand
  • Timothy Shoffner, '14, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland

Equal Justice Works Fellowship

  • Malissa Durham, '14, AIDS Law Project, Philadelphia, PA
  • Beth Kurtz, '13, Children's Law Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Nicholas Leonard, '14, Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, Detroit, MI

Krzys Public Interest Fellowship

  • Katelyn Cherney, '14, Nebraska Legal Aid

Law Students for Reproductive Justice Fellow

  • Elena Peifer, '14, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Washington, D.C.

Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship

  • Emily Brown, '14, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, Chicago, IL

Robert B. Fiske Jr. Fellowship

  • Meredith Garry, '13, The National Labor Relations Board, Subregion 34
  • Elizabeth Grossman, '12, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of the Chief Counsel
  • Austin Hakes, '12, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Samuel Hall, '13, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
  • Andrew Hartlage (alternate), '13, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Summer Fellowships

Betty H. Thieme Summer Fellowship

  • Jesse Stricklan, 1L, Michigan Innocence Clinic

Cohn Summer Fellowship

  • Nicole Bucheri, 1L, The Hon. Arthur J. Tarnow, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Donovan McCarty, 1L, The Hon. George C. Steeh III, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the Detroit Land Bank Authority

Dean's Public Service Fellowship

  • Cari Carson, 2L, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Daniel Dena, 2L, Orleans Public Defenders, New Orleans, LA
  • Sara Ginsberg, 2L, Brooklyn Family Defense Practice, Brooklyn, NY
  • Callie Heller, 2L, California Appellate Project, San Francisco, CA
  • Danielle Krumholz, 2L, The Bronx Defenders, Bronx, NY
  • Emma Lawton, 2L, Alaska Public Defender Agency, Anchorage, AK
  • Maria Litsakis, 2L, Legal Aid Society of New York, New York, NY
  • Katie Mullins, 2L, Equal Access to Law Foundation, Atlanta, GA
  • Diana Peloquin, 3L, Legal Aid Justice Center, Charlottesville, VA
  • Ashley Sizemore-Smale, 2L, National Center for Youth Law, Oakland, CA
  • Gracie Willis, 2L, South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, Harlingen, TX

Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship

  • Anisha Asher, 2L, Learning Rights Law Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Danica Taylor, 2L, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

Refugee and Asylum Law Fellowship

  • Cari Carson, 2L, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Jenny Kim, 2L, Asylum Access, Quito, Equador
  • Mary Soo Anderson, 2L, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Washington, D.C.
  • Anne Recinos, 2L, European Council on Refugees and Exiles, Brussels, Belgium
  • Emad Ansari, 2L, Human Rights Watch, Washington, D.C.

Spectrum Fund Fellowship

  • Lauren DesRosiers, 1L, New York City Anti-Violence Project, New York, NY

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