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