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10 Eagleton Fellows Selected From the Law School

September 23, 2013 – 

Students from the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Class of 2014 have received 10 of the 27 Eagleton Fellowships awarded for the 2013-2014 academic year. The program is open to all Rutgers graduate students with an interest in politics and government.

Each year the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University awards one-year fellowships through four related programs: Harold and Reba Martin Fellowships, Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellowships, Governor’s Executive Fellowships, and an Eagleton Alumni Fellowship.

The fellowships are designed to complement academic study. Eagleton Fellows work toward their degrees without interruption. During the fall semester, students take a seminar in applied politics to prepare them for the spring semester, when they are placed with an office in the New Jersey Legislature, the Governor’s Office, an executive agency, or other government-related office.

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Following is a profile of the law school’s 2013-2014 Eagleton Fellows:

Olta Bejleri and her family received political asylum in the United States after fleeing Albania, the country in which she was born and raised. She holds a B.A. in political science and sociology from Fordham University. While at Fordham, Bejleri participated in the university’s Emerging Leaders Program and interned for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. At Rutgers–Newark Law, she is a notes editor for the Rutgers Law Review, an LRW teaching associate, and a Minority Student Program teaching fellow. She has been an intern for U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas, District of New Jersey, and a legal researcher for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of New Jersey. After graduation, she will join O’Melveny & Meyers in New York. Bejleri is a Governor’s Executive Fellow.

Sara Bennett, a Harold and Reba Martin Fellow, has a B.A. in theatre and drama and in African American studies from Indiana University. Prior to pursuing a master’s degree from Columbia University in African American studies, Bennett spent several years as a professional stage manager and production manager. While at Columbia, she interned with the William J. Clinton Foundation. A J.D./M.S.W. dual degree candidate, she has been an associate editor of Rutgers Race and the Law Review and treasurer of the Public Interest Law Foundation. She has been awarded PILF grants for summer internships at the Vera Institute of Justice and in the district office of New Jersey Senate majority leader Loretta Weinberg. This fall she continues her social work field placement at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

Roosevelt Donat is an evening student who works in Newark as a director of government relations and strategic planning. He earned a dual degree in government and sociology from Georgetown University. Donat is an associate editor for the Rutgers Business Law Review and the Northeast Black Law Student Association’s chief of staff. Last summer he worked as a summer associate for American International Group. His public service activities include frequent participation in workshops for underprivileged inner-city youth on the value of higher education and hard work and two service trips to Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. A Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellow, he will intern in New Jersey Assembly Majority Office.

Leonard Jones is a graduate of Seton Hall University where he earned a B.A. in political science and an M.P.A. in public service. He is an active member of the Student Bar Association, the Association of Black Law Students, and the Rutgers Law Record. He has interned in the litigation department at Prudential Financial, Inc. and has clerked at the office of the Union County Counsel. Jones is a Governor’s Executive Fellow.

Ian Liberty, who was awarded the Eagleton Alumni Fellowship, is editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Race and the Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Rutgers where, as an undergraduate associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, he interned with the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. Dedicated to public service and public interest law, Liberty is the recipient of a Proskauer Rose Public Interest Fellowship, Kinoy-Stavis Public Interest Fellowship, and Charles H. Revson Public Interest Fellowship. His summer positions have been with Volunteers Lawyers for Justice and the Essex County Office of the Public Defender. His note on the unconstitutionality of modern debt collection practices has been chosen for publication.

Anthony Marcum, a native of Ohio, has a B.A. in history and political science from the Ohio State University. In addition to serving as an articles editor for the Rutgers Law Review, he has been vice-justice of Phi Alpha Delta – Jackson Chapter, a finalist in the Nathan Baker Mock Trial Competition, and a member of the school’s National Mock Trial Team. Marcum has been a judicial extern for U.S. District Court Judge James E. Seibert, Northern District of West Virginia, and interned for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. This past summer he interned in the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division. A Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellow, he will work this spring in the Assembly Minority Office.

Rachel Moody, whose interests focus on environmental policy and regulation, is completing a dual degree program in law and public policy. Before law school she was part of the AmeriCorps Backcountry Trail Crew, helping to build and maintain trails in Klamath National Forest and Yosemite National Park. A legal intern in the U.S. EPA’s Criminal Division this past summer, she has worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of New Jersey, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, and the San Francisco Planning Department. Moody was selected as a New Leaders Council–New Jersey Chapter 2013 Fellow. This fall she plans to take part in Climate Ride’s New York to Washington D.C. bike ride to raise awareness of climate change issues. She is a Governor’s Executive Fellow.

Barbara Silber graduated cum laude from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. During her final semester, she interned at the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressman William Pascrell, Jr. followed by a year as a legal assistant at a law firm that specializes in civil litigation. Silber is a member of the Moot Court Board, has held a leadership position with the International Law Society, and is a volunteer for Veterans Pro Bono Program. She has interned for Knight Capital group’s in-house legal counsel and worked as a summer associate at Brach Eichler, LLC. She will work in the Office of Legislative Services as a Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellow.

Aaron Washington, a business editor of the Rutgers Law Review, holds a B.A. in African American studies from Rutgers University. He has pursued a career in financial services, working at Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, and J.P. Morgan Chase. As a law student, Washington has been a research assistant for LRW instructor Ellen Rice, an LRW teaching associate, and a teaching fellow for the Minority Student Program. He spent the past summer in Washington, D.C. as a participant in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Summer Honors Law Program and, in the future, hopes to use his experiences to protect the financial interests of others. Washington is a Governor’s Executive Fellow.

Michael Woodruff, a Brooklyn, New York native, earned a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Clark University. After graduation, his interest in law and justice led him to a position at the Vera Institute of Justice and participation in the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Woodruff is an articles editor on the Rutgers Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Board, and a Kinoy-Stavis Public Interest Fellow. He has worked as a legal intern at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and, this past summer, at the Office of the Appellate Defender. He is a Governor’s Executive Fellow.