Lucy Sun ('14) Receives Massachusetts Attorney General's Fellowship
Lucy Sun (’14) has been selected for a highly competitive Massachusetts Attorney General’s Fellowship. An initiative of the Attorney General’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the program is designed to “provide opportunities for new attorneys to gain practical experience in the public sector and to enjoy the personal satisfaction of working to serve the residents of the Commonwealth.”
Sun was selected on the basis of several criteria, including academic achievement, experience related to the mission of the Attorney General’s Office, law journal participation, law school competitions, and extracurricular activities.
In many ways, Sun is the ideal candidate for the fellowship, a two-year opportunity that allows entry-level attorneys to complete rotations through three of the agency's five bureaus: Executive, Business and Labor, Criminal, Government, and Public Protection and Advocacy.
Born in Shanghai, China, her family came to the United States when she was 7 years old. She lived in Pennsylvania, until enrolling at New York University to pursue her undergraduate degree in international relations. “I think my background and my strong interest in human rights and immigration played a big part in my decision to major in international relations,” she says.
She spent two years after college working as a paralegal in a mid-sized NYC law firm, and chose to attend BU Law because “it had a reputation for having some of the best professors in the country,” she says. “I certainly wasn’t disappointed!”
During her time at BU Law, Sun worked for several judges at the Boston Municipal Court, as well as Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She completed a Semester in Practice during her 3L year at the Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation Appellate Section in Washington, D.C. As a 3L, she served on the International Law Journal as a note development editor. She also participated in the Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court competition, where her team reached the top 16.
“One of my favorite aspects of BU Law is the quality of people at the School,” she says. “I have met some amazing, driven, and passionate people, and made lifelong friends.”
When it came time to choose the next step, Sun decided to apply for the Attorney General’s Fellowship for several reasons. “First, the fellowship seemed to be an incredible experience for me to learn and grow as a litigator. Second, working in the public sector will allow me to complete real, substantive work while giving back to the community. Third, as someone who is still unsure about which area of law to focus on, I find the rotation program especially appealing because I will be able to explore three different areas of law.”
Sun is “incredibly excited” to have been awarded the fellowship, and to begin working. “I am most excited about the ability to rotate between three different bureaus and the quality of work for young assistant attorney generals. I think the work will be very educational, and I will be exposed to more than I would be in the private sector.”
Sun’s passion for the public sector drives her long-term career goals. “I hope to build as much experience as possible, and eventually work for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”
Reported by Sara Womble
May 9, 2014