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 talented young lawyers 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. 

 2021 Fellows Infographic

Fellowship Spotlight

Fellow Profile: Toby Merrill (’12)

Fellow Profile: Toby Merrill (’12)

As a Skadden Fellow, Toby Merrill (’12) founded the Project on Predatory Student Lending (PPSL) at Harvard Law School’s Legal Services Center, where she continues to serve as the project’s director. PPSL seeks to represent students in cases challenging the fraud perpetrated by for-profit colleges, such as false advertising and job-placement claims, that lures borrowers into spending tens of thousands of dollars for often-worthless degrees.

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.

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Fellow Profile: Sarah Paoletti (’00)

Fellow Profile: Sarah Paoletti (’00)

Sarah Paoletti has served as the director of the Transnational Legal Clinic (TLC), the University of Pennsylvania Law School's international human rights and immigration clinic, since founding it in 2006. We spoke to her about her work, how it relates to her Skadden Fellowship and how it has changed over the past few years.

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.

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Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Kathleen Rubenstein / 212.735.3954 / / Executive Director

Susan Butler Plum / 212.735.2956 / / Senior Advisor

Kathy Quijije / 212.735.5176 / / Project Coordinator 

Lauren Aguiar / 212.735.2235 / / President, Skadden Foundation