Fellowships Fund Student Internships in Public Service

Awards Give Fellows Opportunities To Work Nationwide
Grace E. Hauser, Matthew D. Cooper and Annie Magovern

Grace E. Hauser ’21, Matthew D. Cooper ’21 and Annie Magovern ’21 are this year’s Monroe Leigh Fellows. Photo by Julia Davis

May 13, 2019

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

“This year’s fellows will be working on behalf of clients across the globe in every field of public service,” said Annie Kim ’99, assistant dean for public service and director of the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center. “We’re fortunate here at UVA Law to have one of the most generous public service programs in the country to make that work possible.”

Claire Corcoran Award: Mariette Peltier ’20 will work for the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, and Samantha Thoma ’20 will work for the Public Defender’s Office in Worchester, Massachusetts.

Katherine and David deWilde ’67 Public Interest Summer Fellows: Molly Cain ’20 will work for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in New York; Nicole Gilson ’20 will work for the California Legal Services of East Palo Alto; and Caroline Ramsey ’20 will work at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.

Monroe Leigh Fellows in International Law: Matthew Cooper ’21 will work for Shurat HaDin in Israel; Grace Hauser ’21 will work for the Policy, Planning, and Coordination Unit of the U.N. Department of Safety and Security in New York; and Annie Magovern ’21 will work for Judge Gary S. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York.

Powell Fellow in Legal Services: Clayton “Tex” Pasley ’17 will work on a project with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law representing tenants in Chicago facing eviction over their juvenile records.

Public Interest Law Association (PILA) Fellows: 165 students will receive $699,620 in funding from a UVA Law grant program supporting summer public interest work.

Squire Patton Boggs Foundation Public Policy Fellow: Filzah Iqbal ’21 will work for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in Washington, D.C., and Anna Pepper ’21 will work for the Office of International Affairs of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division in Washington, D.C.

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