We maintain a long-standing 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, we dedicated lawyers’ 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 DC 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 Fellowship 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 more than 240 law students at 24 schools located throughout the US and overseas. The Fellowship Program reflects our industry-leading Public Policy Practice and its commitment to public service.
The 2019 Fellowship Program has two new features that are the product of the Foundation’s collaboration with the Deans’ Circle, which we created in 2018. Under our new Sustained Impact Fellowship Program, three Fellows from three different law schools are working in Puerto Rico on post-Hurricane Maria recovery issues that still stand in the way of insurance and financing to rebuild homes destroyed by the hurricane. And, in conjunction with the Case Western Reserve University Law School, a Fellow is working at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, combining law and journalism.
The 2019 Public Policy Fellows Are: