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 over 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.
The 2017 Public Policy Fellows Are:
- Connor Boe, University of Colorado Law School: Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology – Public Safety Communications Research Division (Boulder, Colorado)
- Davis Backer, University of Colorado Law School: Executive Office of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (Washington DC)
- Daria Campion, University of California, Hastings College of the Law: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – Caribbean Protection Unit (Washington DC)
- Tatiana Devia, American University Washington College of Law: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Human Rights Law Section (Washington DC)
- Rebecca Deucher, Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law: Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (Washington DC)
- Brian Downs, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law: Texas Education Agency and Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner (Austin, Texas)
- Nicole Giles, George Washington University Law School: Department of State – Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (Washington DC)
- Gabrielle Gurian, Georgetown University Law Center: Consumer Federation of America’s Food Policy Institute (Washington DC)
- Adrienne Harreveld, University of Miami School of Law: Florida Justice Institute (Miami, Florida)
- Ashley Lawrence, Howard University School of Law: NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (Washington DC)
- Chelsea Marx, University of Denver Sturm College of Law: Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center (Denver, Colorado)
- Olivia Mendoza, University of Denver Sturm College of Law: Office of Governor John Hickenlooper – Policy & Research Team (Denver, Colorado)
- Katelyn Murwin, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law: Department of Health and Human Services – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta, Georgia)
- Cory Sagduyu, University of Virginia School of Law: Equal Justice Center (Austin, Texas)
- Holger Sonntag, Case Western Reserve University School of Law: Washington State Attorney General’s Office (Olympia, Washington)
- India Woodington, University of Texas School of Law: Texas Appleseed – Disaster Recovery and Fair Housing Project (Austin, Texas)
- Zoe Weinberg, Yale Law School: Oxfam (Erbil, Iraq)
- Erik Zornes, University of Virginia School of Law: Amara Legal Center (Washington DC)
To find out more about this year’s Fellows, please see our 2017 Fellows Brochure