Public Service Fellowships

Boston University School of Law annually awards full-time public service fellowships to a select group of its most recent graduates to provide legal assistance for up to a year to underfunded non-profit organizations and government agencies nationally and abroad. Each year, a committee comprised of faculty, administrators and alumni review students' applications and makes recommendations to the School of Law Dean.

At a time when public service attorney positions decreased due to dramatic losses of funding, BU Law stepped up to help graduates launch their desired careers while supporting struggling courts, organizations and agencies. In 2010, the law school awarded full-time, ten-month fellowships for clerkships in the Massachusetts Trial Court, which had not been able to hire law clerks for a number of years. Beginning in 2011, the law school expanded the fellowship to include more employers, and in 2012, the law school initiated the N. Neal Pike Disability Rights Fellowship for a graduate who will be working on disability rights issues. For the Class of 2013, the duration of the fellowships increased to 12 months.

Learn more about several recent BU Law Public Service Fellows:

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California Health Benefit Exchange
Sacramento, CA
Environmental Defense Fund
New York, NY
Center for Appellate Litigation
New York, NY
New England Pension Assistance Project
Boston, MA

Class of 2014 Public Service Fellows

  • Irene Burga, Natural Resource Defense Council, Santa Monica, CA
  • Emily Crim, Elder, Health & Disability Unit, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston, MA
  • Lisa Gilbert, Office of the General Counsel, New York City Transit Authority, New York, NY
  • Anna Gurevich, Office of General Counsel, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Katelyn Kramer, The Volunteer Project of the Boston Bar Association, Boston, MA (N. Neal PIke Disability Rights Fellowship)
  • Chelsea Lewis, Office of the General Counsel, New York City Transit Authority, New York, NY
  • Dianna Michelle Martinez, Immigrant Rights Clinic, BU Civil Litigation Program, Boston, MA
  • Elena Noureddine, Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project, Boston, MA
  • Lys Runnerstrom, Twentieth Judicial District Attorney, Boulder, CO
  • Lauren Shryne, Consumer Law Unit, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston, MA
  • Orla Thompson, Office of the General Counsel, New York City Transit Authority, New York, NY
  • Jessica Ziehler, Fifteenth Judical Circuit, Office of the State of Florida Public Defender, West Palm Beach, FL

Class of 2013 Public Service Fellows

  • Thomas Fowler, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston, MA
  • Brandon Greene, Public Advocates in San Francisco, CA
  • Erin Hogan, Irish International Immigrant Center, Boston, MA
  • Sean Locke, Disability Law Center, Boston, MA (N. Neal Pike Disability Rights Fellowship)
  • Megan Rangel, Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Santa Ana & Anaheim, CA
  • Sarah Rubin, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, San Francisco, CA
  • Kristen Wekony, Volunteer Lawyers Project, Boston, MA

Class of 2012 Public Service Fellows

  • Andrea Carillo, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston, MA
  • Amanda Catalano, Legal Aid Foundation of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Jacqueline Croteau, AIDS Action Committee, Boston, MA
  • Alex Freundlich, New York Legal Aid Society, Bronx, NY (N. Neal Pike Disability Rights Fellowship)
  • Geoffrey Derrick, Center for Appellate Litigation, New York, NY
  • Aquilah Gantt, Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts, Lynn, MA
  • Kyle Gay, Delaware Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, Wilmington, DE
  • Adam Mayle, Northwest Justice Project, Kings County Office, Seattle, WA
  • David Rod, Asylum Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
  • Gabriela Ventura, California Health Benefit Exchange, Sacramento, CA
  • Joshua Wolk, Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union, Northampton, MA

Class of 2011 Public Service Fellows

  • Christina Asencio, Asylum Access Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
  • Thea Bernas, Public Counsel, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jesse Blaisdell, The Defender Association, Seattle, WA
  • Erin Hammond,  Wayne Country Department of Social Services, Lyons, NY
  • Jeremy Knee, MA Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, MA
  • Kristina McKibben, California Rural Legal Services, Sacramento, CA
  • Mia Midenjak, New England Pension Assistance Project, Boston, MA
  • Jennifer Mikels, Massachusetts Superior Court, Boston, MA
  • Adam Peltz, Environmental Defense Fund, New York, NY
  • Jared Sampson, MA Land Court, Boston, MA

Class of 2010 Judicial Fellows (Massachusetts Superior Court)

  • Mark Dahl
  • Lisa Fish
  • Charlotte Lange
  • Shawn Lu
  • Sasha Rao
  • Joshua Segal

Part-Time Fellowships
BU Law also offers a part-time fellowship program to serve as a bridge to permanent positions. Graduates who are still seeking full-time legal employment may utilize the program to work part-time in a wide variety of settings and in any location. Graduates may work up to 15 hours per week for any six-month period between September and the end of June of the following year. This program has served our graduates well, helping them to gain essential legal experience and in many instances, opening the door to employment at their fellowship sites. Please see the part-time public service fellowship employers for: