Six Students Named 2022 Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellows

On June 30, six UW Law students were named recipients of the 2022 Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship.

The John Paul Stevens Fellowship Foundation honors Justice Stevens’ lifelong dedication to improving the justice system. This national program provides grants to enable students at participating law schools to work in unpaid public interest summer law positions. Selection is based on a demonstrated interest in public interest and social justice law, academic achievement and financial need.

Congratulations to the following students on receiving the $6,000 Justice John Paul Stevens Fellowship for summer work at their partner organizations:

  • Talia Cabrera ‘23 — King County Prosecutor's office
  • Rosalind Cuneo ‘24 — Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC)
  • Anna Ferron ‘24 — Northwest Justice Project Housing & Consumer Unit
  • Hannah Garland, ‘23 — Reprieve, US Death Penalty team
  • Jacqueline Nguyen ‘23 — Partners in Justice International
  • Wendy Roman ‘24 — Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

“The recipients are to be commended for their commitment to social justice, their academic achievements and their community engagement,” says Huy Nguyen, Director of the W.H. Gates Public Service Law Program at UW Law. The students’ dedication is seen through a sampling of their summer assignments.

At Reprieve, Hannah Garland ‘23 will work on the U.S. Death Penalty team, engaging in litigation and advocacy with the goal of saving people from execution, challenging systems of injustice and ending the death penalty. Wendy Roman ‘24 will be working with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project on completing U-Visas for victims of serious qualifying crimes. She will also provide representation to children and adults in applications before the Seattle Immigration Court and before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). She will be assisting primarily female trafficking survivors apply for immigration benefits.

Nguyen ‘23 will be at Partners in Justice International (PJI) assisting the legal team on addressing war crimes and crimes against humanity in North Korea, Kosovo and Guatemala, as well as post-election related sexual violence in Kenya. She says, “Legal skills are powerful tools that I believe we must mobilize for the advancement of justice and the rights of those who have historically been underserved by our justice system. Bringing my lived experiences to the table, I am humbled by this opportunity to be a Justice Stevens fellow, enabling me to serve marginalized communities abroad and advocate for greater access to justice.”