Supporting Public Interest at UW Law
The University of Washington School of Law is proud to announce that 32 students have received prestigious public interest law fellowships supporting summer work that promotes equitable access to justice for underrepresented communities in Washington and beyond.
“The rule of law plays a crucial role in the ongoing fight for civil rights,” said Mario L. Barnes, Toni Rembe Dean and professor of law. “Law is central to resistance against oppression and injustice. It is also a catalyst for change. We cannot speak of being a just nation until we reach a more meaningful state of legal equality.”
“I am deeply proud that our students will spend their summer fighting for that equality on behalf of underrepresented and vulnerable members of our community,” Barnes said. “These experiences will ensure they are well equipped to use the rule of law in the ongoing fight for inclusion. They exemplify our school’s core values.”
Environmental Law Institute
The Environmental Law Institute plays a pivotal role in shaping the fields of environmental law, policy, and management, domestically and abroad. ELI summer law clerks work closely with ELI experts on domestic and international projects spanning ELI’s full range of expertise.
The 2019 ELI fellow is 2L Sara Frase.
Equal Justice America Legal Service Fellowships
Equal Justice America is a national leader in providing opportunities for law students to work with organizations that deliver civil legal services to those most in need. EJA fellows work for organizations providing direct civil legal aid service.
The 2019 fellow is 1L Emily Kawahigashi.
Gates Public Service
The William H. Gates Public Service Law Program is the central hub for public service and public interest law at the UW School of Law. The program provides summer stipends to UW Law students so that they can work on projects that will have a tangible benefit to underserved or inadequately served communities.
The fellows are Andy Paroff, a 1L student who will be working at the Unemployment Law Project; Noelle Symanski, a 2L student who will be working at the Seattle City Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Unit; Sydney Bay Arizona, a 2L student who will be working at the Washington Attorney General’s Office, Civil Rights Division; Olivia Hagel, a 1L student who will be working at the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights; and Rachel Sinsheimer, a 1L student who will be working at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights
The Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights is awarded to a UW School of Law student who has demonstrated an interest in human rights law and will work on a human rights project during the summer. The fellowship enables the student to travel and work at a nongovernmental, governmental or intergovernmental organization working on human rights and make a significant contribution during the fellowship.
The 2019 fellow is Alexandra Beaulieu, a 1L student who will be working at the International Bar Association in Washington, D.C.
Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship
The Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship program is a national program honoring the retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice's lifelong dedication to improving access to justice. The fellowship supports two UW Law students so that they may complete an unpaid public interest summer law position.
The 2019 fellows are Paige Suelze, a 2L student who will work at MALDEF in Sacramento, Calif., and Oliana Luke, a 1L student who will be the Seattle Community Law Center.
Peggy Browning Fund
The Peggy Browning Fund is a not for-profit organization established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent union-side attorney who was a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from 1994 until 1997. Peggy Browning Fellowships provide law students with unique, diverse and challenging work experiences fighting for social and economic justice. These experiences encourage and inspire students to pursue careers in public interest labor law.
The fellows are Devon Blevins, a 2L student who will be at Fair Work Center in Seattle, and Stephen Hatton, a 1L student who will work at United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh.
Public Interest Law Association Fellows
The Public Interest Law Association at UW Law is a student-run organization dedicated to promoting legal work that serves the public and improves the quality of life for individuals in Washington and the world. PILA fellows’ projects benefit legal services offices, public interest organizations, social service agencies, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and tribal entities.
The 2019 fellows are Peter Barber, Emily Erickson, Julia Fleming, Ryan Giannini, Devin Glaser, Rachel Gluckman, Matthew Hernandez, Catherine Holmes, Emily Kawahigashi, Kate McCracken, Olivia Ortiz, Korica Simon, Alisa Smith, Eleana Stevens, Derek Tsang, Stephanie Verdoia, Tierney Vial and Madeleine Vidger.
WSBA Labor & Employment Law Grant
The Labor and Employment Law Summer Public Service Grant, funded by the Labor and Employment Section of the Washington State Bar Association and the UW School of Law, gives students the opportunity to have hands-on experience in the field of labor and employment law. Students are able to work on labor and employment law projects with government or non-profit agencies that will provide a tangible benefit to the community.
The 2019 fellow is Eden Nordby, a 1L student who will work with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Solicitor in Seattle.