Three BU Law Students Named Rappaport Fellows in Law & Public Policy for 2012


Boston University School of Law is proud to announce that Amy Baral ('14), Caroline Holda ('14) and Michael Rugnetta ('13) have been named Rappaport Fellows in Law & Public Policy for 2012.

The highly selective program considers rising 1L and 2L applicants enrolled at one of six area law schools. Candidates from Boston University School of Law, Boston College Law School, Harvard Law School, New England Law | Boston, Northeastern University School of Law and Suffolk University Law School are evaluated based on their strong academic record, commitment to public service (as shown by volunteer work and extracurricular activities), and demonstrated capacity for leadership.

The 10-week summer program offers fellows the opportunity to gain civic service experience through weekly seminars, a mentorship program, and a legal internship with a state or local government office that focuses on policy issues in the Greater Boston region.

Meet the Fellows

Amy BaralAmy Baral ('14) Allston, Massachusetts
Rappaport internship: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Amy graduated from Boston University in 2011, where she earned her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to law school, Amy interned as the lead law clerk at the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission and worked as the Northeast Regional Coordinator for the Roosevelt Institute. Currently, Amy is an Education Policy Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline think tank. She also serves on the executive boards of Boston University School of Law’s Public Interest Project and Education Law Association. Commenting on the value of her Rappaport experience, Amy said, "I enrolled in law school with the goal of becoming a government education lawyer and supporting the educational interests of students, parents, teachers, and districts. ... The Rappaport Fellowship gave me this first-hand experience along with the opportunity to network with and learn from other government attorneys in different areas of state and local government."

Caroline HoldaCaroline Holda ('14) Boston, Massachusetts
Rappaport internship: Interagency Council on Homelessness and Housing

Caroline graduated from the University of Texas in 2008, where she earned a B.A. in Economics. Prior to law school, she worked in banking and mortgage securities at Bank of America’s Specialty Finance Department. She also provided weekly budget counseling to homeless individuals through the Interfaith Housing Coalition. One of the highlights of her fellowship thus far includes helping to write a clause in the legislation that has changed the way individuals fleeing domestic violence are admitted into homeless shelters. Caroline said of this experience: "It has given me a much greater understanding of the interactions between state agencies and everybody that they touch."


Michael RugnettaMichael Rugnetta ('13) Boston, Massachusetts
Rappaport internship: Office to the Counsel of the Senate, Massachusetts Senate

Michael graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science and Cognitive Science. After graduating Penn, Michael worked at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., as a research assistant for Bioethics and Science Policy, authoring blogs and policy reports on genetic privacy, stem cell research, and gene-based drug regulation. At law school, Michael is a member of the Legal Follies sketch comedy troupe and is an articles editor for the American Journal of Law and Medicine. Last summer he worked at the Health Law and Policy Clinic of the Wilmer Hale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School where he researched state Medicaid polices as they pertain to mental health, cancer and HIV/AIDS. During the Spring 2012 semester Michael interned at the Health Care Fraud Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts.

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