Two BU Law Students Selected for Prestigious Public Interest Fellowship
Magdey Abdallah ('14) and Judith Kim ('14) have been selected for the prestigious Goodwin Procter Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color.
The fellowship supports first-year students from law schools across the country who spend the summer working in public interest legal positions. Recipients are selected based on academic excellence, leadership skills and commitment to community service.
This year five recipients were named: Abdallah and Kim of Boston University School of Law, Easha Anand of Berkeley School of Law, Jo-Ann Karhson of Harvard Law School, and Sabrina Forte of Stanford Law School.
Abdallah is spending the summer at the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office in the consumer fraud protection section of the Affirmative Civil Enforcement practice group. He is researching and writing assignments to help advance ongoing investigations and active litigation relating to alleged violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.
“The most rewarding aspect of my experience has been the opportunity to work closely with and learn from experienced and dedicated Deputy Attorneys General who excel at their craft,” says Abdallah.
Kim is working in the civil defense division in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston. She says her main responsibilities have been to draft dispositive motions for employment discrimination and FTCA claims, including interviewing people involved in the cases, drafting declarations and compiling exhibit lists for the motions.
"It has been extremely rewarding applying what I learned the first year of law school to real cases—it was difficult to comprehend the usefulness of the legal principles I learned solely through classes," she says.
"It's great to see such excellent students with a passion for public service begin their legal careers working on these rewarding projects," said Regina M. Pisa, chairman of Goodwin Procter, in a news release.
Reported by Chelsea Sheasley
August 7, 2012