Corporate Responsibility

    Squire Patton Boggs Foundation



    Racial Justice Sustained Impact Fellowships | Puerto Rico Sustained Impact Program 
    Inaugural Veterans Justice Fellowship Program

    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.

    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.

    The Foundation is pleased to announce its Fellowship Class of 2022, and to introduce and congratulate its 28 Fellows. We proudly welcome 22 Public Policy Fellows, plus six Sustained Impact Fellows. The geographic range of their Fellowships is from Warsaw to San Francisco, and Puerto Rico to Maine, with a significant number in Texas, Colorado, Ohio and Washington, D.C. We also welcome our first Fellow from the Warsaw campus of the College d’Europe.

    The Public Policy Fellowship program is the backbone of the Foundation. As you look at each Fellow below, you will be impressed that, once again, our Public Policy Fellows are making important contributions - locally, regionally, nationally and globally- through a wide range of public interest and public service internships.

    Under our Sustained Impact Fellowship Program, three Fellows are working on Racial Justice issues - police/ Black community relations in Cincinnati, National voting rights, and juvenile justice reform focused on minority communities in Texas. Two are working on Puerto Rican post-Hurricane Maria recovery, including access to justice and environmental issues. This is the inaugural year for our Veterans Justice Sustained Impact Fellowship, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Swords to Plowshares in San Francisco

    To date, the Foundation has provided fellowships to 326 students at 24 law and public policy schools located throughout the US and overseas. The Fellowship Program reflects the firm’s industry-leading Public Policy Practice and its commitment to public service.

    Congratulations to the Fellowship Class of 2022!

    John L. Oberdorfer, President                   Rodney E. Slater, Chairman

    The 2022 Public Policy Fellows Are:



    Sustained Impact Puerto Rico Fellow
    Andi M. Dorning
    (University of Cincinnati College of Law)
    Centro Para Puerto Rico
    San Juan, PR


    Sustained Impact Puerto Rico Fellow
    Dori Butler
    (Georgia State University College of Law)
    Ayuda Legal Huracan Maria
    San Juan, PR


    Sustained Impact Racial Justice Fellow
    Kaitlyn Naylor
    (SMU Dedman School of Law)
    Citizens Complaint Authority
    Cincinnati, OH


    Sustained Impact Racial Justice Fellow
    Marcus Montgomery
    (University of Arkansas School of Law)
    Lone Star Justice Alliance
    Dallas, TX


    Sustained Impact Racial Justice Fellow
    Abigail Lola Young
    (University of Miami School of Law)
    Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
    Voting Rights Project
    Washington, DC


    Sustained Impact Veterans Justice Fellow
    Joshua A. Clem
    (University of Arkansas School of Law)
    Swords to Plowshares
    San Francisco, CA


    American University Washington College of Law
    Sarah M. Dean
    Dept. of Labor, Counsel for Int’l Affairs and USERRA
    Washington, DC


    Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    Maxwell Rom
    Disability Rights Maine
    Augusta, ME


    Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    Isra Ghanem
    Habeas Corpus Resource Center
    San Francisco, CA


    Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
    Mark Dela Peña
    Office of the Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney
    Fairfax, VA


    Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
    Kent Trespalacios
    US House of Representatives
    Office of Congressional Ethics
    Washington, DC


    Collège d´Europe
    Katja-Elisabeth Herrmann Eufracio
    Warsaw Institute
    Warsaw, Poland


    Georgetown University Law Center
    Ashlei Anderson
    Advancement Project
    Washington, DC


    Georgia State University College of Law
    Audra Murphey
    The Southern Center for Human Rights
    Atlanta, GA


    Howard University School of Law
    Rona James
    Montgomery County State’s Attorney
    Rockville, MD


    Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
    Abigail Arnold
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
    Eagle Pass, TX


    The George Washington University Law School
    Cara Cavanaugh
    Federal Communications Commission
    Satellite Division
    Washington, DC


    The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
    Libby Califf
    Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office
    Cincinnati, OH


    University of Arkansas School of Law
    Lexi Robertson
    Legal Aid of Arkansas
    Rogers, AR


    University of California Hastings College of the Law
    Ana Sofia Mello
    Immigrant Legal Resource Center
    San Francisco, CA


    University of Cincinnati College of Law
    Ashley M. Ward
    Ohio Justice & Policy Center
    Cincinnati, OH


    University of Colorado Law School
    Mary E. Slosson
    Colorado Water Trust
    Denver, CO


    University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    Rachel Gärlick
    Disability Law Colorado
    Denver, CO


    University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    Solène E. Crawley
    Sustainable Development Strategies Group
    Gunnison, CO


    University of Texas School of Law
    Crystal Tran
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
    Houston, TX


    University of Virginia School of Law
    Michael O.D. Pruitt
    DOJ Civil Rights Division
    Housing & Civil Enforcement Section
    Washington, DC


    Yale Law School
    Helen Malley
    American Civil Liberties Union:
    Human Rights Program
    New York, NY