Squire Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship

Squire 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 Squire 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 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 almost 200 law students at 17 law schools located throughout the country. The Fellowship Program reflects the Firm’s industry-leading public policy practice and its commitment to public service. View thier brochure.

For this fellowship, the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation focuses on WCL students with a strong interest in international matters, etierh in Washington or abroad. Students may seek opportunities in foreign countries and in the United States. A preference is given to military veterans. 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, 2017 at 5:00 pm and are available here.

Former WCL Recipients

Tatiana Devia- 2017 Public Policy Fellow
Anupama Selvam

Anupama Selvam- 2016 Public Policy Fellow
Anupama Selvam is a J.D./M.A. in International Affairs candidate at American University. She worked for Vital Voices Global Partnership in the Human Rights Division. Anu helped develop multidiciplinary trainings for law enforcement, prosectguors and judges of various countreies to ensure more effective responses to gender-based violence through understanding of gender dynamics and the law. She also conducted research and wrote reports to help link these trainings with international legal obligations of states to prevent, prfosecture adn punish gender-based violence, torture, and human trafficking.

Marie Durane- 2015 Public Policy Fellow
Marie Durane interned with the Eurasia and Sub-Saharan Africa programs at the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) with the U.S. Department of Commerce, in Washington, D.C. Through her internship, Marie learned how the CLDP is uniquely tasked with providing legal technical assistance programs to help countries to achieve their economic development goals. Working with CLDP’s development lawyers, Marie had the rare opportunity to engage in various projects that improved her legal research and writing skills, allowed her to gain knowledge in areas of the law that are particularly important to development, and facilitated networking opportunities with experienced lawyers in public international law.

Alexandra Arango- 2014 Public Policy Fellow
Ms. Arango interned at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) in San José, Costa Rica. She worked worked closely with a legal team on three contentious cases and an advisory opinion. Ms. Arango focused on extrajudicial killings, amnesty laws, migrant children, and evidence-based compensation.

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.