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    08.04.15 Brooklyn Law School Students Selected for Prestigious Fellowships
    Brooklyn Law School Fellows
    Left to right: Kristen Lin ’16, Nicholas Scotto ’16, Samantha Weiss ’16, and Ifza Riaz ’17.

    Each year, Brooklyn Law School students are awarded coveted fellowships that offer opportunities to gain valuable professional experience and careers, work with seasoned attorneys and judges, and delve deeper into their areas of interest in law. The summer of 2015 is no exception, as BLS students have been awarded the following fellowships.

    The American Bar Associations Judicial Intern Opportunity Program provides opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession as well as students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

    Bryant Chung ’17 is working with Hon. Petrese B. Tucker, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia); Justin Crayton ’17 is working with Hon. Sarah Zabel, Eleventh Judicial Court of Florida (Miami); and Amanda Martin ’17 and Nathaniel Myers ’17 are working with Hon. Lorna Schofield, Southern District of New York.

    The Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program offers law students with a strong commitment to diversity an opportunity to enhance and complement their legal education as summer judicial interns in New York metropolitan area courthouses.  Linda S. Lin 03 is one of the chairs of this program, and Jeanette Rodriguez-Morick ’93, now a New York City Civil Court Judge, is a past co-chair.

    Coral Castillo 17 is working with Hon. Margaret A. Pui Yee Chan, New York City Civil Court, New York County; John Chen ’17 is working with Hon. Francois A. Rivera, Kings County Supreme Court; and Neeti Sachdev ’17 is working with Hon. Lydia C. Lai, Housing Court, Civil Court of the City of New York, Kings County. 

    Peggy Browning Fellowships provide law students with diverse and challenging work experiences fighting for social and economic justice to encourage and inspire students to pursue careers in public interest labor law. Peggy Browning Fellows are distinguished students who have not only excelled in law school but who have also demonstrated their commitment to workers’ rights through their previous educational, work, volunteer, and personal experiences.

    Austin Minogue ’16 is in the Legal Department of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) in Washington, DC; Nicole Mormilo ’16 is at the New York City union-side law firm Levy Ratner, P.C.; and Nicholas Scotto ’16 is working in the General Counsel’s office at District 15, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO in Brooklyn.

    The Dr. M.L."Hank" Henry Jr. Judicial Fellowship provides fellows the chance to work with several different judges from varying courts and tribunals. The fellowship is sponsored by the LGBT Bar Association Foundation of Greater New York. Samantha Weiss 16 will get a first-hand look at the work of openly gay and lesbian judges in federal, criminal, and state civil courts, and administrative tribunals, providing an insider's understanding of the judicial system.

    Through the Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project, which provide summer judicial internships for highly-qualified minority, underrepresented, and economically disadvantaged law students, Pearl Shah ’17 is working with Hon. Susan D. Wigenton, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey in Newark.

    The New York County Lawyers Association Minority Judicial Internship Program provides stipends to law students of color who are placed as interns with federal and state court judges. Only five interns were selected for this year’s program, and Brooklyn law School had two of them: Kristen Lin ’16 is working with Judge Ronald L. Ellis, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Southern District; and Ifza Riaz ’17 is working with Judge Margarita Lopez Torres, Surrogates, Kings County.

    The New York State Bar Association’s Kenneth G. Standard Diversity Program works with various New York State law schools to select students of color to apply for summer internships in corporate law departments with New York State based companies or organizations. Through the program, Angela Jun ‘16 is working at Pepsi Co.