Washington College of Law Helps Recent Graduates Further Careers in Tight Job Market

2009 Recipients of JD Distinguished Fellowship Continue Legal Training During Job Search


WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2009 – American University Washington College of Law (WCL) has awarded 17 JD Distinguished Fellowships to 2009 graduates.  The Fellows will spend the coming months working for employers ranging from the ACLU to UC Davis to the American Bar Association.      

The 2009 JD Distinguished Fellowship Program was created to help recent graduates successfully navigate a challenging employment environment.  The Fellowship funds substantial legal work performed by graduates for either external employers or WCL centers and programs, with the intention of enhancing the graduates’ career development.

Candidates with a commitment from an employer are awarded fellowships in amounts up to $15,000. Fellowships will cover legal work performed over the next four to eight months. Candidates who secure partial funding from an employer (up to $30,000) are still eligible to apply.

The employer may be for profit or non-profit, domestic or international. The work performed during the fellowship is restricted to substantial legal work that enhances the candidate’s career development as evaluated by the Fellowship Selection Committee.

For more information on the JD Distinguished Fellowship Program, visit the website.

Full List of JD Distinguished Fellowship Recipients & Employers

Isabel Cristina Abello
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Jessica Anna Cabot
ACLU National Prison Project

Peter Chapman
The Carter Center - Ministry of Justice of Liberia

Miya Saika Chen
DC Employment Justice Center

Angela Edman
Our Place DC

Nicole Gamble
Centro de los Derechos del Migrante

Elizabeth Jordan
ABA Center on Children and the Law

Shanti Martin
UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic

Molly McBurney
WCL Legal Rhetoric Program

Karen McCarthy
The Heise Law Office

Sean McKee
Maryland Office of the Public Defender

Lana Nigro
Berwin Leighton Paisner, LLP

Eunjung Park
Transnational Law Institute at Washington & Lee

Corilee Racela
MFY Legal Services

William Shiffman
WCL Trial Advocacy Program

Sharon Sullivan
Legal Counsel for the Elderly

Diana Verm
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Ongoing Career and Professional Development Programs

Washington College of Law’s Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) provides career counseling and guidance to both students and alumni, with services that include assisting in planning an effective job search, reviewing resumes and cover letters, and conducting mock interviews. To address some of the specific issues facing 2009 graduates, OCPD has been offering additional one-on-one coaching sessions from a certified life coach.

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