Susan Butler Plum, director of the foundation, works closely with an Advisory Committee, comprised of a dozen partners from all U.S. Skadden, Arps offices, to administer the program. The Advisory Committee is chaired by Lauren E. Aguiar, a partner in the New York office. The members of the Advisory Committee participate actively in interviewing applicants and are central to the success of the foundation and its high visibility within the firm. Applicants must secure a potential position with a sponsoring public interest organization before applying for a Fellowship. Selection is based not only on the qualifications of the applicant, but also the demonstrated effectiveness of the sponsoring organization.
Each year, the firm receives a large number of applicants from which the top 100 are identified based upon each applicant's academic performance, demonstrated commitment to the public interest, and the quality of his or her project. Each of the applicants is interviewed by one or more members of the Advisory Committee and by the foundation director. From this group, 54 semi-finalists are chosen to be presented to the trustees. The trustees, composed of six distinguished persons from outside the firm, one Skadden, Arps partner and three counsels and a second-year Fellow, meet in early December and make the final selection of the Skadden Fellows.
Application Due | October 7, 2013
Trustees Meeting | December 5, 2013
Notification of Fellowship Offering | December 6, 2013