Goodwin Procter, a national Am Law 50 firm, today announced the recipients of its 2013 Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color. The fellowships support first-year students from law schools across the country who spend the summer working in community service legal positions. This year’s fellows are: Marie Cita, Harvard Law School; Ariel Dean, University of Virginia Law School; Amelia Green, Stanford Law School; and Daniel Koh, Boston College Law School.
The students will focus on issues including mental health, criminal prosecution, cyber-security, and child and family law. Cita will spend her summer at MFY Legal Services in New York City working as a legal intern. Dean will be working at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, assisting attorneys with case preparation. Green will be an intern in the impact litigation unit at Bet Tzedek, a nonprofit legal services organization in Southern California.
Koh is the recipient of the MassMutual/Goodwin Procter Public Interest Fellowship award, which Goodwin supports in collaboration with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). This joint fellowship awards $7,500 to a first-year law student to help cover expenses while he or she works in a public interest law position during the summer. Koh will spend his summer with the Cyber Protection Program at the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office in Woburn, Mass.
“It’s gratifying to see these exceptional students demonstrating a passion for public service as they set out on their legal careers,” said Regina M. Pisa, chairman of Goodwin Procter. “These fellowships not only give these future lawyers practical experience, they help Goodwin Procter give back to the communities where we live and work.”
Goodwin Procter created the fellowship program in 2005 to encourage diversity in the legal profession by covering students’ expenses while they work in a public interest law position during the summer following their first year of law school. Students are selected based on academic achievement, leadership, commitment to community service and interest in the private practice of law.
About Goodwin Procter
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About MassMutual’s Law Programs
Founded in 1851, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyholders. The MassMutual/Goodwin Fellowship award is part of a broader effort by MassMutual to provide wide exposure to a diverse array of students as they pursue their law degrees. Included is the company’s 1L Diversity Clerkship Program which offers a dynamic paid summer Clerkship Program that provides talented, diverse, first-year law students from top national law schools with an exceptional opportunity to gain experience and exposure across a broad range of practice areas. To learn more about MassMutual’s first year legal program visit www.massmutual.com.