The Patton Boggs Foundation extended a public policy fellowship to Rutgers School of Law–Newark during a recent Foundation event in the firm’s Newark office.
The Fellowship was announced on January 10, 2012 at the Foundation’s seventh “Issues of Our Time” breakfast featuring Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker. Vice Dean Ronald Chen and Senior Associate Dean Fran Bouchoux joined Patton Boggs Foundation president and partner John Oberdorfer and New Jersey office managing partner James Tyrell for the announcement.
“The Patton Boggs Foundation welcomes Rutgers Law School to the family of law schools in the Fellowship Program,” said Oberdorfer. “Rutgers’ exceptional dedication to public policy and the public interest make the University a natural partner of the Foundation in addition to a special one. The addition of Rutgers will benefit the Law School, its students, and the public interest organizations that receive the students’ energy, time and efforts.”
Commenting on the Fellowship announcement, Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. said: “We are very grateful and proud that Patton Boggs, well-known for effective public policy advocacy, has recognized the shared commitment of Rutgers School of Law–Newark to advancing the national discussion about important issues of public policy. The generous support of Patton Boggs will enable our students to gain valuable experience in the development of public policy and further their education in using the law to effect positive change.”
For more than a decade, the Patton Boggs Foundation has empowered individuals to engage in law, public policy, and public service globally by providing resources to support the public service work of law students and legal professionals. Launched in 2005, the Public Policy Fellowship Program has awarded fellowships to exceptional law students who demonstrate a steadfast commitment to public service and a developed interest in public policy. Fellowship recipients dedicate their summers to advancing public policy issues by contributing their efforts to nonprofit institutions, government agencies, and domestic or international organizations. To date, the Foundation has provided fellowships to 95 law students at 12 law schools across the country.
The Fellowship Program reflects Patton Boggs’ position as the leading public policy firm and its strong commitment to public service and corporate social responsibility. In 2008, the Foundation inaugurated the “Issues of Our Time” speaker series to provide a forum within Patton Boggs to discuss issues related to law, public policy and public service, and to define how lawyers in the private sector can engage in public service.
Nationally recognized for its emphasis on the value of public service and the use of the law to advance the cause of social justice, Rutgers School of Law–Newark was recently named one of the top three schools in the country for public interest law.