Skadden Fellows share the impact of the program after 30 years.

The Skadden Fellowship Foundation launched in 1988 to commemorate Skadden's 40th anniversary and has since become the largest public interest law firm in the United States. The program provides two-year Fellowships to recent law graduates to pursue the practice of public interest law on a full-time basis.

Our guiding principle is to improve legal services for the poor and encourage economic independence. To date, the Foundation has funded over 900 fellowships. Ninety percent of former Fellows remain in public service, and almost all of them continue working on the same issues they addressed in their original Fellowship projects.

The Fellowship Foundation has funded 934 total Fellows. The Fellowship community is currently working in public interest in 42 US states. 90 percent remain in public interest. 24 are nonprofit founders. 43 are executive directors. 103 are professors and lecturers. 145 are government officials. 15 are judges. 

Fellowship Spotlight

Fellows Profile: Nisha Kashyap (’15) and Charlotte Tsui (’16)

Fellows Profile: Nisha Kashyap (’15) and Charlotte Tsui (’16)

In April and May 2020, the Skadden Foundation awarded $10,000 Flom Incubator Grants to 28 former Fellows to support their work addressing critical legal needs amplified by the pandemic. The distribution marks an expansion of the existing FIG program, which has awarded more than 140 grants to support innovative legal projects by former Fellows since 2011.

The COVID grant recipients have taken on a variety of legal issues related to housing, domestic violence, education, juvenile detention and other matters impacting low-income communities and vulnerable populations. We spoke with two recipients, Nisha Kashyap and Charlotte Tsui, about their projects.

Fellow Podcast: Satcha Robinson ('18)

Fellow Podcast: Satcha Robinson ('18)

In her work with the Reentry Justice Project at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, current Fellow Satcha Robinson helps people who have been involved with the criminal justice system overcome the obstacles they face.

…There are so many problems that people experience when they come into contact with the criminal justice system aside from just the punishment that they might receive if they're convicted...the stigma associated with having an arrest or criminal conviction needs to end. I think there needs to be a holistic view of what happened then, what was going on in that person's life, and where are they now.



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Fellow Podcast: Carl Charles ('14)

Fellow Podcast: Carl Charles ('14)

An attorney at A Better Balance, Carl Charles seeks to extend workplace protections to LGBTQ and chosen families so that no worker has to choose between their job and caring for their family.

My work focuses on ensuring that legislation and policy across the country for paid family and medical leave and paid sick leave is inclusive of chosen family…that they can take time off to take care of themselves and to take care of those families, regardless of whether or not they have a biological or legal relationship to those people.



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Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Kathleen Rubenstein / 212.735.3954 / Kathleen.Rubenstein@skadden.com / Executive Director 

Kathy Quijije /212.735.5176 / Kathy.Quijije@skadden.com / Project Coordinator 

Lauren Aguiar / 212.735.2235 / Lauren.Aguiar@skadden.com / President, Skadden Foundation