Public Service Fellowships Benefit Dozens of UVA Law Students, Grads

From New York to South Africa, This Year’s Fellows Take Advantage of Funding Opportunities
Rachel Raycraft ’20, Manal Cheema ’20, Brooke Swann ’20 and Jessica Joyce ’20

Rachel Raycraft ’20, Manal Cheema ’20, Brooke Swann ’20 and Jessica Joyce ’20 are this year’s Monroe Leigh Fellows.

June 14, 2018

Scores of University of Virginia School of Law students and recent graduates will take advantage of public service fellowships and other opportunities by working at legal, government or nonprofit offices across the nation and around the world this year.

“I’m thrilled that UVA Law is doing so much to help students and graduates afford their public service dream jobs,” said Annie Kim ’99, assistant dean for public service and director of the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center. “2018 has been our biggest year yet.”

Claire Corcoran Award: Spencer Ryan ’19 will work in the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section, and Andrew Sexton ’19 will work in the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem in New York.

Katherine and David deWilde ’67 Public Interest Summer Fellows: Amy Fly ’19 will work at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, and Lydia Parker ’20 will work for the Institute for Justice in Washington.

Monroe Leigh Fellows in International Law: Manal Cheema ’20 will do prosecutorial work under of the Office of the Secretary of Defense investigating war crimes; Jessica Joyce ’20 will work for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in the Criminal Division; Rachel Raycraft ’20 will intern with the Fraud Section at the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; and Brooke Swann ’20 will be at the South Africa Litigation Centre in Johannesburg.

Powell Fellow in Legal Services: Maya Iyyani ’18 will represent indigent tenants with mental health challenges in California’s Bay Area with Bay Area Legal Aid.

Public Interest Law Association (PILA) Fellows: 143 students will receive $572,828 in funding from a grant program supporting summer public interest work. This year, students will work in 46 U.S. cities, and one student will work internationally, in Johannesburg.

Squire Patton Boggs Foundation Public Policy Fellow: Geoffrey Schmelkin ’20 will work at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency in Arlington, Virginia.

UVA Law World Court Fellow: Florian Knerr LL.M. ’14 will clerk for Judge Nawaf Salam of Lebanon at the International Court of Justice.

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