Foundation

We maintain a longstanding commitment to corporate responsibility. By providing a meaningful investment in law students and legal professionals to engage in law, public policy, and public service, the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation embodies this commitment.

The Foundation is rooted in a history of civil rights advocacy. Established in 2000, the Foundation honored the retirement of the firm’s founding partner James R. Patton, Jr. To endow the Foundation, the Firm dedicated attorneys’ fees from a 25-year pro bono case, the Ironworkers Case, won by Foundation President John Oberdorfer. In the case, a federal court in Washington D.C. struck down racial barriers faced by African-American construction workers.

The Foundation’s endowment has continued to grow through the proceeds of a second large pro bono victory, the Yachtsman Case, won when we successfully settled a federal racial discrimination suit against a hotel resort that discriminated against African American bikers during Black Bike Week in Myrtle Beach.

Throughout the years, the Foundation has also been supported by generous individual contributions from partners and friends of the firm. View our brochure.

Public Policy Fellowship Program

The cornerstone of the Foundation is the Public Policy Fellowship Program, which launched in 2005. Each year, the Program awards fellowships to exceptional first- and second-year law students who demonstrate a steadfast commitment to public service and a developed interest in public policy. These law students commit their summers to advancing public policy issues through non-profit institutions, government agencies and domestic or international organizations.

To date, the Foundation has provided fellowships to almost 200 law students at 17 law schools located throughout the country. The Fellowship Program reflects the Firm’s industry-leading public policy practice and its commitment to public service.

For 2016, Our Public Policy Fellows Are:

  • Asma Al Khulaifi, Hamid Bin Khalifa University Law School, Education Above All (Doha, Qatar)
  • Katherine Almen, Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law: Environmental Council of the States (Washington DC)
  • Blaine Bengtson, University of Denver Sturm College of Law: United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Mobile Sources Enforcement Branch (Denver, Colorado)
  • Erin Biel, Yale Law School: United States Trade Representative’s Office of the General Counsel (Washington DC)
  • Christopher Childress, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law: United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas  (Dallas, Texas)
  • Jacqueline Coplen, University of Virginia School of Law: United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division’s Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative (Washington DC)
  • Stephanie Fung, University of Virginia School of Law: United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (The Hague, Netherlands)
  • Mikaela Harris, Georgetown University Law Center: International Criminal Court (The Hague, Netherlands)
  • Brian Hinkle, University of Denver Sturm College of Law: Common Cause (Denver, Colorado)
  • Meredith Kaufman, University of Colorado Law School: Vermont Law School’s Food & Agriculture Clinic (Royalton, Vermont)
  • Aliza Lopes-Baker, Case Western Reserve University School of Law: United States Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (Bloomington, Minnesota)
  • Brittney Martin, Howard University School of Law: United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (Washington DC)
  • Michael Novotny, Southern Methodist University Deadman School of Law: DNA People's Legal Services (Window Rock, Arizona)
  • Anthony Rodregous, University of California, Hastings College of Law: United States District Court, Northern District of California Pro Se Department (San Francisco, California)
  • Margaux Roussel, George Washington University Law School: International Law Commission (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Anupama Selvam, American University Washington College of Law: Vital Voices (Washington DC)
  • Eva Sikes, University of Texas School of Law: Texas Appleseed’s Fair Financial Services Program (Austin, Texas)
  • Eilif Vanderkolk, University of Colorado Law School: Federal Communications Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Policy and Licensing Division (Washington DC)

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