The Squire Patton Boggs Foundation is pleased to announce its 2020 Class of Public Policy Fellows, welcoming a record 27 individuals into the program.
Earlier this year, the Foundation announced 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. For the second year in a row, the Foundation selected two students to be Sustained Impact Fellows to work on post Hurricane Maria issues in Puerto Rico.
The program now includes 18 US Fellowship law schools and the Collège d΄Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Fellows commit their summers to public service and to advancing public policy by working at nonprofit institutions, government agencies and international legal organizations.
John Oberdorfer, the Foundation’s president, said: “This certainly is our most challenging and rewarding year. With all of us – from locations across the country and the globe – facing threats, disruptions and uncertainties, investment in our future leaders has never been more important. Our fundamental decision has been to stay the course, be of good heart and proceed on a fully funded basis. These remarkable Fellows are part of a class that coincides with the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary. To date, we have awarded more than 270 fellowships to notable law students who demonstrate a steadfast commitment to public service, and these 27 individuals are exceptional.”
The Foundation proudly introduces its 2020 Fellows:
- Sustained Impact Fellow, Reinaldo F. Machin, Howard University School of Law - Centro Para Puerto Rico
- Sustained Impact Fellow, Tania B. Suarez Marquez, The George Washington University Law School - Ayuda Legal Huracan Maria
- Pulitzer Fellow, Zora Raglow-Defranco, Case Western Reserve University School of Law - The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
- Gaelen L. Molina, American University Washington College of Law - Demos
- Hyeng Yeal “Ian” Kim, Case Western Reserve University School of Law - State of Washington Attorney General’s Office
- Brenda J. Keels, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law - Children’s Law Center
- Mercedes E. Wilson-Barthes, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law - Public Justice Center
- Lorenza Revello, Collège d´Europe – US Mission to the EU
- Walissa Ho, Collège d´Europe – US Mission to the EU
- Sadev S. Parikh, Georgetown University Law Center - Public Knowledge
- Mary E. Offutt-Reagin, Georgetown University Law Center - Government Accountability Project
- Audrone “Audra” Durham, Georgia State University College of Law - US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4
- Jerron Hawkins, Howard University School of Law - American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
- Kathryn Monroe, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law - Texas Education Agency, Office of Legal Services Division
- Robert Alexander “Alex” McKenzie, The George Washington University Law School - World Bank Group
- Jessica Akerman, The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law - Ohio Public Defender – Death Penalty Department
- Madison Miller, University of Arkansas School of Law - Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Leena Sabagh, University of California Hastings College of the Law - Center for Justice and Accountability
- Leah Castelaz, University of Cincinnati College of Law - Children’s Law Center
- Matthew Vondrasek, University of Colorado Law School - US Environmental Protection Agency – National Enforcement Training Institute
- Phoebe Blessing, University of Denver Sturm College of Law - American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado
- Cassandra “Casey” Morris, University of Denver Sturm College of Law - Sustainable Development Strategies Group
- Amanda Suarez, University of Miami School of Law - American Civil Liberties Union of Florida
- Clarissa Iglesias Torres, University of Texas School of Law - Centro Para Puerto Rico
- James R. Harper, III, University of Virginia School of Law - Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Court of Appeals Litigation Group Morgan Claire Palmiter, University of Virginia School of Law - US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia
- Simon Engler, Yale Law School - Legal Unit, Greenpeace International
Rooted in a history of civil rights advocacy, the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation originally was funded with lawyers’ fees from a pro bono employment discrimination case. Further information on the Foundation is available here.