The Squire Patton Boggs Foundation is commencing its 20th anniversary year by announcing the expansion of its Public Policy Fellowship Program to include an additional two US law schools: the Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta and the University of Cincinnati College of Law. The program now includes 18 US Fellowship law schools and the Collège d΄Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
“With renowned public interest programs and existing ties with our firm community, we are proud to welcome Georgia State Law and Cincinnati Law to our program,” said John Oberdorfer, Foundation President. “This is just the start of what will be an exciting year for the Foundation. We look forward to working with these outstanding schools, and having their deans joins our Foundation Deans’ Circle.”
The Foundation is rooted in a history of civil rights advocacy, originally funded with lawyers’ fees from a pro bono employment discrimination case. Since 2004, the Foundation has awarded nearly 250 fellowships to exceptional law students who demonstrate a steadfast commitment to public service. Fellows commit their summers to public service and to advancing public policy by working at nonprofit institutions, government agencies and international legal organizations, such as the Department of Defense Office of General Counsel, Campaign for Youth Justice, Center for Reproductive Rights and USAID.
“We are grateful to the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation for creating additional opportunities to support our students who seek to engage in public interest work during law school,” said Leslie Wolf, Interim Dean, Georgia State University College of Law. “Our students have a strong commitment to public service, but they may not be able to pursue their passions without some financial support.”
“Participation in this program aligns closely with our mission to educate and inspire leaders who pursue justice. We are thrilled that Cincinnati Law students will have this new opportunity to work alongside the nation’s top advocates for the public good,” stated Verna Williams, Dean, University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Over the last two years, the Foundation has established two new Fellowship Programs: the Sustained Impact Fellowship Program, where three Fellows worked in Puerto Rico on post-Hurricane Maria recovery issues; and the Pulitzer Center Fellowship. Launched in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University Law School, a Fellow worked at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.