Five BU Law Students Awarded Altarescu Public Interest Summer Fellowships

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Howard Altarescu ('74)

To support the School’s efforts in helping students gain public interest experience, Howard S. Altarescu (’74) pledged $100,000 over five years to establish the Altarescu Public Interest Summer Fellowships in 2011. His generosity has provided funding for up to five students per year, allowing them invaluable hands-on legal experience working at a variety of public interest organizations and agencies.

“We have been asked from time to time to provide financial support for the law school,” Altarescu says. “Dean O’Rourke and the fine law school faculty are certainly worthy of our support as they train the young men and women will constitute the global legal community of the future.”

For Rachel Smit (’13), who received an Altarescu Fellowship in 2011 to fund her work at Greater Boston Legal Services, the internship turned into much more. After graduating in May, she has returned to GBLS full-time through a prestigious two-year Skadden Fellowship. Read more about Smit's story.

The 2013 recipients of the Altarescu Public Interest Summer Fellowships and their hosting organizations are:

Andrew Byrd (’15)
New England Innocence Project, Boston, MA

Devin Conway (’14)
The Bronx Defenders, Bronx, NY

Jessica Bettencourt (’14)
Rhode Island Public Defenders, Providence, RI

Alexandra Conlon (’14)
Knox County Public Defender's, Knoxville, TN

Nicole Wolfman (’15)
Committee for Public Counsel Services - Roxbury, MA


Altarescu is a partner in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. BU Law honored Altarescu in 2010 with a Silver Shingle Award for Distinguished Service to the Community in recognition of his work with Renaissance E.M.S. (Education, Music and Sports), a not-for-profit organization in the South Bronx in New York, where he serves as chairman of the board.

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