Three members of the Class of 2010, Caitlin Coan, Nicholas Z. Enrich, and Elyssa B. Feins, have been selected for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship Program. The program is the federal government’s cornerstone succession planning program to help agencies meet their critical need for leadership continuity. The highly competitive two-year paid fellowship attracts outstanding master’s, law, and doctoral-level students from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths. The fellows have demonstrated a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.
Caitlin E. Coan will take a position as a realty specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Real Property Service, Construction and Facilities Management Division. She will be part of a program that brings VA hospitals, care centers, shelters, monuments, and cemeteries to communities nationwide by partnering with local governments, state representatives, and developers. “I think this will be an ideal position for me, because it melds my experience in real estate law with my interest in the political process,” Coan said.
She began law school as a part-time student while working as a commercial real estate and corporate paralegal at Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP. When Coan became a full-time student, she continued to work part-time as a real estate and trusts and estates paralegal for a sole practitioner.
The recipient of a Carswell Scholarship and a Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Coan was a legal intern with New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur M. Schack and she spent one summer as a law clerk for U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT).
Brought up in Billings, Montana, Coan has been a violinist since the age of five. She attended the Indiana University School of Music before transferring to Georgetown University to pursue an A.B. degree in English. After graduation, she worked for one year as a commercial real estate and litigation paralegal for the counsel to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ pension benefit funds, in Washington, D.C.
|Nicholas Z. Enrich|
Nicholas Z. Enrich will be a Fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Community Planning and Development, in Newark, NJ. Most recently, he interned at the UN Office of Staff Legal Assistance. He also participated in Brooklyn Law School’s Community Development Clinic, and interned at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.
Before law school, Enrich served as deputy chief of staff at the Office of New York State Assembly Member Joan L. Millman of Brooklyn. As an undergraduate at Tulane University, he spent a semester in Nairobi, Kenya, working to create a waste disposal project in the slums of the city. Last summer, he received a South Africa Public Interest Program Fellowship to intern at the Public Interest Project at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town.
A Notes and Comments Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Enrich won a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Legal Writing II, Best Brief Award Honorable Mention in Moot Court competitions, and a Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest (BLSPI) Fellowship.
|Elyssa B. Feins|
For her Presidential Management Fellowship, Elyssa B. Feins will work at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO, as a contract specialist with the Space Logistics Group of the Department of Defense. The work will involve aspects of the acquisition process, including legislative initiatives, policy implementation, strategy development and contract execution.
Feins was a judicial intern with Justice Charles Ramos of the New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division, and participated in the Moot Court Honor Society. Her “greatest law school experience,” she said, was the trip with her moot court team to Vienna, Austria to take part in the VIS International Commercial Arbitration Competition.
Feins also interned at the Federal Trade Commission and the New York State Attorney General’s Office in the Consumer Frauds Bureau and participated in the BLS Community Development Clinic. In addition, she was a research assistant to Adjunct Professor Ernest Badway, and a summer law clerk at Jones Jones O’Connell. For several years, she has volunteered at the New York Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center in Prospect Park, working with disabled children.
A Richardson Scholar, Dean’s Merit Scholar, and winner of the CALI Award for Excellence, Feins grew up in Ocala, Florida and graduated with a B.A. from the University of Maryland.