Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship

Patton Boggs maintains a longstanding commitment to corporate social responsibility. By providing a meaningful investment in law students and legal professionals to engage in law, public policy, and public service, the Patton Boggs Foundation embodies this commitment.

The Foundation is rooted in a history of civil rights advocacy. In 2000, Patton Boggs LLP established the Patton Boggs Foundation in honor of the retirement of the firm’s founding partner James R. Patton, Jr. To endow the Foundation, the Firm dedicated attorneys’ fees from a 25-year pro bono case, the Ironworkers Case, won by Foundation President John Oberdorfer. In the case, a federal court in Washington D.C. struck down racial barriers faced by African-American construction workers.

The Foundation’s endowment has continued to grow through the proceeds of a second large pro bono victory, the Yachtsman Case, won by Patton Boggs General Counsel Rick Talisman. Mr. Talisman successfully settled a federal racial discrimination suit against a hotel resort that discriminated against African American bikers during Black Bike Week in Myrtle Beach.

Throughout the years, the Foundation has also been supported by generous individual contributions from partners and friends of the firm.

The cornerstone of the Foundation is the Public Policy Fellowship Program, which launched in 2005. Each year, the Program awards fellowships to exceptional first- and second-year law students who demonstrate a steadfast commitment to public service and a developed interest in public policy. These law students commit their summers to advancing public policy issues through non-profit institutions, government agencies and domestic or international organizations.

To date, the Foundation has provided fellowships to more than 90 law students at 12 law schools located throughout the country. The Fellowship Program reflects the Firm’s industry-leading public policy practice and its commitment to public service.

Since 2011, the Patton Boggs Foundation has been pleased to make available annually a Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship grant to the American University Washington College of Law for summer work. The grant provides a rising 2L, 3L or 4L with the essential funding to pursue a public policy position of their choosing. One grant of $5,000 is awarded to the recipient. In order to be eligible, a student must spend at least six weeks working at the summer placement.

For this fellowship, the Patton Boggs Foundation focuses on WCL students with a strong interest in international dispute resolution, international human rights, or international development issues. Students may seek opportunities in foreign countries and in the United States. A preference is given to interested veterans of the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars. The Foundation also wishes to further opportunities for students who contribute to the diverse economic, educational, and ethnic background of WCL’s student body. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Foundation's website and the Foundation's Facebook page for additional information about the Foundation and prior Fellows. Applications are due March 31, 2014 at 5:00 pm and are available here.

Former WCL Recipients

Marisa E. Menezes - 2013 Public Policy Fellow

Ms. Menezes worked as an intern for the Appeals Chamber at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). She researched, drafted, and edited sections of the draft judgment for Prosecutor v. Popović, et al., the largest appeal in the history of international criminal law. Ms. Menezes specifically focused on genocide, joint criminal enterprise, and evidentiary issues.

 

Catlin Meade - 2012 Public Policy Fellow

Ms. Meade worked as a foreign affairs intern in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, specfically the Office of Peace Operations, Sanctions, and Counterterrorism. She had a portfolio of conflict areas for which she provided guidance to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations regarding the introduction, monitoring, and termination of sanctions.  Ms. Meade also analyzed foreign relations, litigation, and public policy risks to draft U.S. government strategy papers for specific sanctions regimes.

 

Adriana Ingenito - 2011 Public Policy Fellow  

Ms. Ingenito interned with the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Assistant Legal Advisor for International Claims and Investment Disputes.  Her particular responsibilities focused on legal research related to ongoing NAFTA arbitrations and litigation related to U.S. investment disputes in Iran. Ms. Ingenito is a first generation American.  With parents who immigrated from Poland and Italy respectively, her parents’ struggle for freedom and the significance of a tolerant legal system has influenced her focus on international law and policy.

 

Brian Critz - 2011 Public Policy Fellow

Mr. Critz interned with the U.S. Department of the Air Force, Office of the General Counsel.  His internship provided a broad overview of legal issues, including alternative dispute resolution, intellectual property, acquisition law, environmental law, and contractor responsibility.  Prior to law school, Mr. Critz served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force.  During his service, he deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM to oversee intelligence analysis of the Afghanistan theater in a headquarters unit.  Mr. Critz concluded his service as an intelligence instructor at the Air Force B-52 Weapon School. He is currently a Presidential Management Fellow in the Class of 2012 and working for the Department of Veterans Affairs.