Ned Schultheis ’16 has been awarded the Honorable Charles L. Brieant, Jr. Judicial Fellowship for this summer. He is the first Brooklyn Law School student to receive this honor, which was established to commemorate the “selfless dedication of Judge Brieant to public service and the federal courts,” according to the New York Bar Foundation.
Judge Brieant was appointed a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York in 1971. He served on the court for 37 years, including seven years as the Court’s Chief Judge. To honor his memory, Judge Brieant’s law clerks and judicial interns created the fellowship to fund a summer internship position with the Court.
Schultheis will be doing a research project for the SDNY Courts as a whole, as well as interning for Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska. The fellowship provides a $5,000 tuition credit directly to the Law School.
Schultheis grew up in Manhattan and attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts where he studied electric guitar and, following in his father’s footsteps, the classical bassoon. He graduated from Tulane University, cum laude, with a degree in Sociology and two minors, one in English and another in Psychology.
While at Tulane, he worked part-time at a law firm on the FEMA Trailers Formaldehyde Class-Action Law Suit. “I had the opportunity to interview many clients who had lost their homes after Katrina and were now sick from formaldehyde contained in the FEMA trailers,” he said. “I was inspired to pursue a career in the law.”
Schultheis remained in New Orleans following college, studying for the LSATs while working at Commander’s Palace as a waiter. He returned to New York City to work at Buddakan as a food runner before coming to Brooklyn Law School as a 1L last fall.
At the Law School, he has already received many honors including the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Fundamentals of the Law Practice 1, the William B. Carswell Scholarship, and the Dean's Merit Scholarship. In addition, he is a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honors Society.
“I am very excited to work in the Southern District and to learn from the judges on the court,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity to research and write, and to see what really goes on in chambers. I couldn’t be happier.”