Fellows

To view the fellows named during each year since the foundation's founding, please use the drop-down menu to the right.

Fellow & Organization
 
Year

Jessica Alcantara

Columbia University School of Law
Advancement Project
Washington, DC
Advocacy to assist black and Latino communities facing school closures. Will use Department of Education Title VI complaints and other civil litigation strategies to increase black and Latino students' access to quality, well-resourced neighborhood public schools, including resources to allow English Language Learners meaningful access to education.
2016

Sarah Brafman

New York University School of Law
A Better Balance
New York, NY
Provision of direct legal services for low-wage workers in New York City to enforce their rights under two new workplace protection laws: The Earned Sick Time Act and Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Also will focus on community training and advocacy.
2016

Alexandra Brodsky

Yale Law School
National Women's Law Center
Washington, DC
Direct representation and policy advocacy on behalf of low-income girls of color suspended or expelled from school for reasons that are in violation of their civil rights, particularly for behavior related to trauma stemming from sexual victimization.
2016

Maya Brodziak

Harvard Law School
Lawyers for Children
New York, NY
Direct representation of youth in foster care to protect their educational rights by reducing the disproportionate use of suspension and expulsion. Will represent these clients in family court and school discipline hearings and will create a framework for sustainable reform.
2016

Emily Brown

Yale Law School
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
Columbus, OH
Direct representation and administrative advocacy for immigrant workers in agricultural labor camps throughout Ohio. Will focus on workplace safety, wage and hour, and civil rights issues.
2016

Cari Carson

University of Michigan Law School
Legal Aid of North Carolina Advocates for Children's Services
Durham, NC
Provision of trauma-informed direct representation for court-involved youth in special education matters, in an effort to decrease the number of youth experiencing school failure and its consequences.
2016

Cassie Chambers

Harvard Law School
Louisville Legal Aid Society
Louisville, KY
Direct representation of low-income women who are victims of domestic violence in rural Kentucky. Will build an infrastructure to deliver pro se assistance to women in 14 rural Kentucky counties.
2016

Connor Cory

Georgetown University Law Center
Whitman-Walker Health
Washington, DC
Direct representation to young LGBTQ immigrants by extricating survivors of violence from abusive and neglectful circumstances and helping clients obtain economic, social and medical security.
2016

Anna Deknatel

University of Pennsylvania Law School
Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
Brooklyn, NY
Direct bankruptcy representation for low-income Brooklyn and Queens, New York, homeowners facing foreclosure by helping them achieve financial stability and keep their homes. Emphasis will be on crafting affordable mortgage modifications and restructuring debt by preserving equity they have built in their homes.
2016

Akiva Freidlin

Stanford Law School
Southern Center for Human Rights
Atlanta, GA
Advocacy to advance economic justice in Georgia through direct representation, impact litigation and community education on behalf of low-income persons who are burdened by fines and fees assessed for traffic violations and other minor offenses.
2016

Charles Gerstein

University of Michigan Law School
Equal Justice Under Law
Washington, DC
Advocacy to help poor people escape the collateral consequences of uncounseled misdemeanor guilty pleas in West Virginia and other nearby states. Through direct representation will help people expunge minor convictions and through impact litigation will bring systemic civil suits to protect the Sixth Amendment right to counsel when facing bail.
2016

Rose Goldberg

Yale Law School
Swords to Plowshares
San Francisco, CA
Direct representation of veterans with other-than-honorable discharges based on undiagnosed PTSD who are facing some of the biggest barriers for treatment. Will help them challenge their unwarranted discharge status and gain access to health care and benefits through a new behavioral medical-legal partnership.
2016

Elizabeth Hadaway

Harvard Law School
Public Counsel
Los Angeles, CA
Advocacy for California children denied the necessary instruction to achieve basic literacy, through community-led impact litigation. Also, direct representation of children in their schools and outreach to share the litigation model.
2016

Andrew Hammond

Yale Law School
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Chicago, IL
Provision of direct representation and eventual impact litigation for children who qualify for critical public benefits and are not receiving them. Also will provide community education and outreach to educate other advocates, providers and potential beneficiaries.
2016

Jessica Hanson

University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
National Immigration Law Center
Los Angeles, CA
Provision of direct representation, eventual impact litigation and coalition building to promote and defend access to educational, professional and economic opportunities for low-income immigrants who will benefit from new federal policy changes that grant them work permits.
2016

Donna Harati

Harvard Law School
Homeboy Industries
Los Angeles, CA
Provision of direct re-entry legal services to formerly incarcerated persons in Los Angeles. Will produce record expungements, provide consumer debt counseling, and mitigate criminal justice debt and traffic fines.
2016

David Hausman

Stanford Law School
American Civil Liberties Union -
Immigrants' Rights Project
New York, NY
Advocacy to protect the rights of Central American refugee children to enroll in schools in the New York area and across the country.
2016

Julie Kornfeld

University of Michigan Law School
International Refugee Assistance Project
New York, NY
Direct representation of foreign national human trafficking survivors in the New York City area, focusing on access to public benefits and civil restitution claims.
2016

Sue Lee

DePaul University College of Law
Cabrini Green Legal Aid
Chicago, IL
Direct representation to persons re-entering the workplace. Will provide criminal record expungement and access to housing and family law in an effort to remove employment barriers and lessen the collateral consequences of having a juvenile or criminal record.
2016

Amanda Merkwae

University of Michigan Law School
Legal Action of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
Direct representation of special education and general education students in suspension and exclusion proceedings in Milwaukee public, charter and voucher schools.
2016

Katherine Peccerillo

University of Connecticut School of Law
New Haven Legal Assistance Association
New Haven, CT
Direct representation of immigrant families through school-based legal clinics. Will develop linguistically and culturally accessible outreach materials and know-your-rights presentations, and will represent persons on issues of housing, family law and employment discrimination. Also will seek appropriate immigration relief such as VAWA petitions or U-Visas.
2016

Casey Raymond

Stanford Law School
Bet Tzedek Legal Services
Los Angeles, CA
Direct representation and eventual impact litigation to combat widespread wage theft of low-wage workers by ensuring robust enforcement of California's new minimum wage law.
2016

Steven Salcedo

Harvard Law School
Western New York Law Center
Buffalo, NY
Provision of transactional legal services to low-income entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate jobs, goods and services in under-resourced neighborhoods.
2016

Jamie Schulte

University of Chicago Law School
LAF
Chicago, IL
Direct representation in special education and disciplinary matters for students in Chicago's growing "options schools." Also will provide community education on students' rights to stay in school and their entitlement to special education services and fair discipline procedures.
2016

Colleen Shea

Northeastern University School of Law
Disability Law Center
Boston, MA
Direct representation of low-income students with disabilities from minority backgrounds who are recommended for, or participating in, overly restrictive placements. Also will represent those who have been improperly disciplined with the use of exclusionary measures, including suspension, restraint and seclusion. The goal is to curb the school-to-prison pipeline in Massachusetts.
2016

Charlotte Tsui

American University Washington College of Law
Sustainable Economies Law Center
Oakland, CA
Provision of transactional legal services to create worker-owned businesses in the Bay Area with a particular emphasis on low-wage workers from Asian Pacific Islander communities who are vulnerable to labor trafficking and exploitation. The goal is to build economic security for them.
2016

Kirby Tyrrell

Columbia University School of Law
Her Justice
New York, NY
Direct representation of domestic violence victims in Brooklyn, New York, to assert their right to safety and independence. Clients will be seen at a community maternal and child health clinic provided by a medical-legal partnership.
2016

Katherine Wutchiett

Washington University School of Law
Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center
San Francisco, CA
Direct representation of low-income pregnant workers and new mothers on issues of job-protected leave, accommodations and partial wage replacement. Will create a medical-legal partnership with a birthing hospital and prenatal clinics in Contra Costa County, California.
2016