Farrell '07 Awarded Orrick Fellowship

May 7, 2008

A Law School graduate is set to begin a nine-month clerkship with the International Court of Justice after being awarded the Orrick International Law Fellowship.

Chad Farrell

Chad Farrell '07 will begin his clerkship with the World Court in The Hague, Netherlands, in the fall. He's currently clerking for Judge Robert Beezer of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle.

"I think it's an incredible opportunity to be at one of the centers for international law," Farrell said. "It will give me the opportunity to learn from experts in the field."

Beginning in September, Farrell will clerk for judges on the World Court, assisting them with research and writing memoranda. The fellowship program is provided by international law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and is administered by the Law School at the invitation of the court. Recipients are eligible for $40,000 to be used for housing, living expenses and relocation costs.

"A clerkship at the International Court of Justice is one of the highest honors for a student of international law," said Professor John Norton Moore, an expert in international law. "Virginia is pleased to participate in the prestigious program at the court and Chad Farrell can be very proud of his selection."

Farrell, who spent an undergraduate semester in Cameroon and has traveled in Africa and Asia, said he has long been interested in international law and that he was drawn to the Law School in part because of its strength in that area.

"I hope to work in international law at some point down the road. It's been a real interest of mine for a long time," he said.

Professor Deena Hurwitz characterized Farrell as an "exceptional student" who was a member of the J.B. Moore Society of International Law and served as executive editor of the Virginia Law Review. Selection for the Orrick fellowship is an honor and a significant opportunity for those interested in international law, she said.

"Every year the Law School selection committee has a difficult choice to make among excellent applications from our alumni and graduating 3Ls," Hurwitz said. "Chad joins some very impressive UVA alums as the fourth UVA Orrick Fellow to the ICJ, and we know that he will provide excellent service to the court while also taking maximum advantage of the opportunity for his own personal and professional development."

Farrell said he will return to the Seattle area after the clerkship.

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