The Monroe Leigh Fellowship in International Law

The Monroe Leigh Fellowship in International Law

The Monroe Leigh Fellowship in International Law provides $10,000 to one or more students to pursue a public international law project of their choosing. The fellowship is available to UVA law students only for the summer following their 1L or 2L year, or 3Ls for a postgraduate internship. The fellow normally works with a sponsoring organization.

 

Monroe Leigh FellowshipUVA Law first-year students Rachel Raycraft, Manal Cheema, Brooke Swann and Jessica Joyce were named recipients of the 2018 Monroe Leigh Fellowship. Raycraft will be interning with the Fraud Section at the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; Cheema will be working for the Office of the Chief Prosecutor for the Office of Military Commissions; Swann will be at the South Africa Litigation Centre in Johannesburg; and Joyce will be working for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in the Criminal Division.

 

Background and Application Procedure

The Monroe Leigh Fellowship in International Law was established by Monroe Leigh's family and friends and the University of Virginia School of Law to honor Monroe's commitment to the development of international law and to encourage students to gain valuable international law experience.

A 1947 graduate of the Law School and editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review, Leigh had a legal career that spanned six decades, during which he advised governments and private companies and furthered the development of international legal institutions as a scholar and public servant. As a member of the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson for most of his career, he specialized in international law, public international law, international dispute resolution, and U.S. regulations involving national security and foreign policy. Over the years, he was a leader in shaping the U.S. position on war crimes issues. He was president of the American Society of International Law from 1981-82 and he was a member of various U.S. government advisory groups. From 1975-77, he was the legal adviser to the Department of State. Until 1988, he was an adjunct professor on International Trade Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.  In 1996, he was a visiting scholar at Wolfson College of Cambridge University, England.                                                

Compensation

The fellowship will be offered to one or more students in a maximum amount of $10,000.

Qualifications

Fellowships are awarded based on academic performance, experience, commitment to the field of international law and the merits of the project proposal.

Application Deadline

Feb. 16, 2018

Application Procedure

Send electronic and hard copies of the following to: Professor John Norton Moore, c/o Mer McLernon

  1. Resume;
  2. Copy of law school transcript (can be unofficial – 1Ls may provide a copy of prior academic transcript if necessary);  
  3. 2 letters of recommendation from Law School faculty members or attorneys who are familiar with the applicant’s work;
  4. 2 essays (each no longer than one page, single spaced)—one describing the proposed project/ work and the other discussing the applicant’s commitment to international law; and  
  5. Letter from the sponsoring organization indicating their willingness to serve as the host organization should the applicant receive the fellowship

Professor John Norton Moore
c/o Mer McLernon, mer@law.virginia.edu
University of Virginia School of Law
580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903

For More Information

Contact Professor John Norton Moore.

 

Monroe Leigh Fellows, 2003-Present

Rachel Raycraft ’20 
Fraud Section at the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C.
 
Manal Cheema 20
Office of the Chief Prosecutor for the Office of Military Commissions
Alexandria, Virginia
 
Brooke Swann 20 
South Africa Litigation Centre 
Johannesburg
 
Jessica Joyce 20
U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in the Criminal Division
New York
 
Rachel Gallagher ’19 
Human Rights Now
Myanmar
 
Joshua T. Lefebvre ’19 
Office of International Affairs (OIA), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C.
 
Aviva Schaffer ’18
CAIR (Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights) Coalition
Washington, D.C.
 
Chelsea L. Scism ’19 
Office of the Chief Prosecutor (OCP), Office of Military Commissions, Department of Defense
Washington, D.C. 
 
Stephanie Y. Fung '18 
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
The Hague, Netherlands
 
Megan C. Keenan '18 
U.S. Department of Justice, Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, Criminal Division
Washington D.C.
 
Karl Lockhart '18
International Finance Corporation
Johannesburg
 
Anna M. Searcey '18
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs
Washington D.C.
 
Reedy Swanson ’16 
U.S. Department of Justice, Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, Criminal Division
Washington D.C.
 
Rachel Kincaid '15
EarthRights International
Washington D.C.
 
Lide Paterno '15
Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Washington D.C.
 
Ashley Roberts '15
Counterterrorism Section, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Washington D.C.
 
Erika Trujillo ’15 
U.N. Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate 
New York
 
Melissa Kathleen Reilly-Diakun ’14
Seven Hills Global Outreach
Ghana
 
Mariah Thompson '14
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Office of the Prosecutor
The Hague, Netherlands
 
Kendra Wergin '14
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Office of the Prosecutor
The Hague, Netherlands
 
Calleigh McRaith '12
International Center for Transitional Justice
Cape Town, South Africa
 
Ravi Romel Sharma '11
U.S. Senate, and ABA (American Bar Association) Standing Committee on Law and National Security
Washington, D.C.
 
John Stephens '11
Section 27
Johannesburg
 
Patricia Cooper '10
Asylum Access
Quito, Ecuador
 
Bilal Ezzeddine '10 
Institute for International Law and Human Rights
Washington D.C.
 
Nilakshi Parndigamage '10
Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll (unpaid internship)
Washington, D.C.
 
Kathryn B. Finley '09
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)
Arusha, Tanzania
 
Katharine Flatley '08
Center for Disease Control’s Global AIDS Program for Central America and Panama and Anacafe
Guatemala
 
James Ryan Harvey '08
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Office of the Prosecutor
Arusha, Tanzania
 
Melany Grout '07
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights
Washington, D.C. 
 
Heather Axford '07
U.N. World Food Program
Rome
 
Nina DiSalvo '06
Forum for Studies of the Administration of Justice (FORES)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
 
Jamie Lisagor '05
EarthRights International
Chiang Mai, Thailand
 
Sara Shapouri '05
Shahid Beheshti University, UNESCO Chair for Human Rights
Tehran, Iran
 
Christopher James Dunn '04
Special Court for Sierra Leone, Office of the Prosecutor
Freetown, Sierra Leone