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Public interest law summer fellows named

Penn State Law is pleased to announce the recipients of the Cherie M. Millage Public Interest Law Fund (PILF) Fellows. Established by students in 1990, PILF’s summer fellowship program enables law students to work in non-paying areas of public interest law during the summer after their first or second year at Penn State Law.

Student fundraising efforts underwrite each ten-week assignment. Fellows may work in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private firms engaged in public interest practice.

"The Cherie M. Millage Fellowship provides not only a lifeline to students who want to obtain public interest expertise but also to the nonprofit organizations that would otherwise not be able to hire summer help," said Kate Cramer Lawrence, who directs public interest programming at the Law School. "This program is key to connecting law students with satisfying, challenging work and professional networking opportunities."

“As a former fellowship recipient and this year's Fellowship Chair for the Public Interest Law Fund, I have experienced first-hand how valuable the summer fellowships are for students hoping to pursue a career in public interest or public service law,” said Beth Shore ’11. “We had a number of outstanding applicants this year, and each of our summer 2011 Fellows exhibit a dedication to serving and protecting the rights of others. We hope each Fellow's summer experience will help shape their personal and professional lives in choosing to make public interest work a priority.”

Fellows Named

The recipients for 2011 and the organizations for which they will work are:

  • Asima Ahmad, The Legal Aid Society, New York, NY
  • Michelle Akritas, Centre County Public Defender Office, Bellefonte, PA
  • Ken Charette, United Nations, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague, Netherlands
  • Wesley Corning, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia, PA
  • Kristina Dahmann, Drug Enforcement Administration, Arlington, VA
  • Kristen Garvey, Volunteer Lawyers Project/Senior Partners for Justice, Boston, MA
  • Sara Hart, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague, Netherlands
  • Christopher Head, Centre County Public Defender Office, Bellefonte, PA
  • Kate Hynes, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Harrisburg, PA
  • Amanda Miller, Rappahannock Legal Services, Culpepper, VA
  • Richard Powell, Utah Legal Services, Ogden, UT
  • Lindsey Price, Office of the Public Defender of Prince George’s County, Upper Marlboro, MD
  • Rachel Rivers, Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, Eugene, OR
  • Timothy Smith, The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
  • Benjamin Woodworth, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine, Portland, ME

The fellowship program is named in honor of Cherie M. Millage, who served as the director of Career Services at the Law School. Millage was a source of inspiration and encouragement for law students committed to excellence in the public interest sector. Upon Millage's death, PILF named its summer fellowship program in honor of her memory.

Tax-deductible donations to the Cherie M. Millage Fellowship Fund may be made online by visiting (Select Dickinson School of Law, PILF).

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