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2013 Public Interest Law Fellows named


Lauren Hartley '15 and Matt McDonald '14 (Carlisle)

Support from the Degenstein Foundation and money raised by the Public Interest Law Fund will enable nine Penn State Law students to work in nonprofit or government organizations this summer. Placements span as far west as Los Angeles in the United States and as far east as Macedonia abroad.

The 2013 Public Interest Fellows and the organizations for which they will work are: 

  • Kaitlyn Charette, The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague
  • Erika Dixon, Governor's Office of Homeland Security, Human Trafficking Division, Harrisburg, PA
  • Lauren Hartley, Roma Regional Program, Woman's Organization, Macedonia
  • William Benjamin Jackson III, Project HEAL, Baltimore, MD
  • Kathleen Klein, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Dallas, TX
  • Teresa Lim, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Chicago, IL
  • Matt McDonald, Administrative Office for the Pennsylvania Courts, Elder Law Division, Harrisburg, PA
  • Andrew R. Scott, Disability Rights Legal Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Aiyao Zhou, National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, Philadelphia, PA
Front Row: William Benjamin Jackson III, Andrew R. Scott, and Kathleen Klein. Back Row: Erika Dixon, Teresa Lim, Aiyao Zhou, and Kaitlyn Charette (UP)

"The summer fellowship programs provide valuable opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in the public service sector and much needed assistance to the nonprofit organizations in which they work,” said Professor Katherene Holtzinger-Conner, who directs public interest programming at the Law School. “The ever-increasing interest in public interest fellowships and externships reflects our growing student commitment to honor and advance the Law School’s proud tradition of helping people access legal advice and representation.” 

"When five o'clock hit on the day that the Summer 2013 PILF Fellowship applications were due, I knew that the Selection Committee had their work cut out for them. We received 18 applications from 18 driven and talented law students, all of whom had a demonstrated dedication to the furtherance of public interest work," said Michelle Polato '13, PILF fellowship chair. "There were no easy decisions to be made. But the decisions that were made will enable the selected fellows to work in unpaid positions in which they will provide access to justice to traditionally under-served and vulnerable populations. I am confident that this will be a mutually beneficial experience for all of the fellows and sincerely hope that all applicants will have a rich and rewarding future in public interest law."   

Established by students in 1990, the Public Interest Law Fund’s summer fellowship program enables law students to work in non-paying areas of public interest law during the summer after their first or second year at Penn State Law. 

The Degenstein Foundation Fellowship Program for Public Interest Law and Cherie M. Millage Summer Fellowships fund individual students for ten weeks of fulltime summer work. Fellows may work in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private firms engaged in public interest practice. The fellowship program is named in honor of Cherie M. Millage, who served as the director of Career Services at the Law School. Millage was a source of inspiration and encouragement for law students committed to excellence in the public interest sector. Upon Millage's death, PILF named its summer fellowship program in honor of her memory. In addition, the Degenstein Foundation continues to be a generous contributor to the fellowship program.

To make a gift to support the Law School visit, www.GiveNow.psu.edu. For more information on ways to give, contact Kelly Rimmer, director of development & alumni affairs, at krimmer@psu.edu" or (717) 240-5217.

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