Each year, Brooklyn Law School students are awarded prestigious fellowships that offer opportunities to gain valuable professional experience and careers, work with seasoned attorneys and judges, and delve deeper into their areas of interest in law. The following students join a long list of fellowship awardees from the Law School.
The American Bar Associations Judicial Intern Opportunity Program provides opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession as well as students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify themselves as LGBT. Hamada El Tatawy '17 is working with Hon. Eric Vitaliano, Eastern District of New York; Dylan Hans '18 is working with Hon. Raymond J. Dearie, Eastern District of New York; and Frances Kenajian '18 is working with with Hon. Lorna Schofield, Southern District of New York.
Setenay Akdag ’14 and Jillian Rudge ’16 have been named Justice Fellows with the Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC). Both will spend two years representing clients in immigration proceedings in the New York City area. Akdag, who is finishing a two-year clerkship with the Arlington Immigration Court in Virginia as part of the U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program, will be placed at Lutheran Social Services. Rudge will be placed at Sanctuary for Families where she will be joined by Kyla Burke-Lazarus, '17, a 2016 Public Interest Public Service (PipS) Fellow.
Inspired by Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and launched in 2014, IJC is the nation’s first fellowship program dedicated to providing high-quality legal assistance for immigrants. The program places fellows with legal services organizations throughout New York City, where they receive comprehensive training in immigration law. Brooklyn Law School students have been members of every class of IJC fellows since its inception: In the program’s first year, Scott Foletta ’14 was placed at Make the Road New York, and in the program’s second year, Ting Poon ’15 was placed at Brooklyn Defender Services, and Paola Uriarte ’14 at Central American Legal Assistance.
Caitrin Coccoma ’16, Shirley Luong ’16, Lauren Price ’15, and Ishrat Ruhi ’16 will be the Law School’s first Poverty Justice Solutions Fellows. They will spend the next two years advocating to prevent evictions and preserve affordable housing in New York City. PJS Fellows also identify structural issues and barriers to procedural justice in NYC’s Housing Courts. Coccoma will be placed at Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, Luong and Ruhi at The Legal Aid Society, and Price at Brooklyn Defender Services. Price recently completed a two-year PipS Fellowship placement with New York Legal Assistance Group’s Special Litigation Unit, and Ruhi completed a one-year PipS Fellowship with The Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit.
Samuel Ackerberg ’16 is the first Brooklyn Law School student to earn a Staff Attorney Fellowship with the Center for Appellate Litigation (CAL) in New York City. Ackerberg will spend two years handling appeals and post-conviction proceedings on behalf of indigent criminal defendants. Joining Samuel at CAL will be Alexandra Ferlise ’17, the first PipS Fellow at CAL.
Steffi Jean-Jacques ’18 is a recipient of the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA)'s Hon. Harold Baer Jr. and Dr. Suzanne Baer Summer Minority Judicial Internship Program. She will be interning for Associate Justice Cheryl Chambers, Appellate Division, 2nd Department.
Amanda Shapiro ’15 has been selected for a Law Fellowship with the National Education Association in Washington, D.C., where she will spend one year advancing the cause of public education and the interests of teachers and other education professionals. Shapiro is completing a clerkship with Hon. James L. Milkey of the Massachusetts Appeals Court in Boston.
David Craft ’16, Nicole Persaud ’16, and Maria Ryden ’16 have been selected by the Law School as New York Excelsior Service Fellows. They will spend two years working for New York State government agencies. Craft accepted a fellowship placement with the State Insurance Fund in New York City, Persaud with the Department of Agriculture & Markets in Albany, and Ryden with the NY Power Authority in White Plains.