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Public Interest Fellows

Each year, students from the first–year class are selected to serve as public interest fellows through one of the school’s established fellowship programs. These students, in addition to their work through the individual program for which they are selected, serve as the school’s public interest leaders. Fellows assist with all Neisser programming and activities, and are responsible for each year’s Fellows Forum, a series of monthly events designed to raise awareness of current cases, trends and issues affecting the public interest.

The Kinoy-Stavis Fellowship Program

In 1992-1993, Rutgers School of Law–Newark began offering fellowships in the name of one of its most nationally prominent and treasured faculty members, the late Professor Arthur Kinoy. In 2000, the program was expanded in honor of the late Morton Stavis, a co-founder with Professor Kinoy of the Center for Constitutional Rights and one of the nation’s preeminent civil rights lawyers and former adjunct professor at the law school.

Three Kinoy-Stavis Fellowships are awarded each spring semester to applicants from the first-year class who demonstrate commitment to public service and who are planning public interest careers. The Fellows normally serve until graduation. Fellows receive a stipend, are guaranteed enrollment in the Constitutional Litigation Clinic during their second year in law school plus the opportunity for a summer internship with the Center for Constitutional Rights at the end of the second year, and receive travel expenses to at least one public interest law student conference. Fellows serve on the law school’s Public Interest Committee, organize the annual First Monday program, promote public interest activities throughout the year, and meet regularly with faculty advisers and invited guests from the field of public interest law to discuss aspects of public interest practice and career opportunities.

Current Kinoy-Stavis Fellows:
Chloe Gogo ’16
Michael Griffith ’16
Caitlin Miller ’16
Daniel Palmer ’16
Abdus-Sami Jameel ’17
Annabel Pollioni ’17
Farah Rahaman ’17
Carol Yablonsky ’17

For further information, contact Professor Frank Askin.

The Marsha Wenk Fellowship in Public Interest Law

Created in memory of Marsha Wenk, a 1987 graduate of the law school who dedicated her legal career to public service and who died in 1996, the Wenk fellowship program seeks to support students interested in developing a career in public interest law, and to foster a cadre of law students involved in public interest activities during law school.

Two fellowships are awarded each year. Fellows receive a stipend and intern part-time at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey during one semester. The Fellows serve on the law school’s Public Interest Committee and work with the Kinoy Fellows to help develop and participate in public interest activities at the law school.

For further information, email publicinterest@kinoy.rutgers.edu.

Current Marsha Wenk Fellows:
Matthew Knoblauch ’16
Pooja Patel ’16
Marisol Conde-Hernandez ’17
Victoria Saraiva ’17
Alaina Thomas ’17 

The Immigrant Rights Fellowship

One Immigrant Rights Fellowship will be awarded each spring semester to an applicant from the first-year class who demonstrates a commitment to public service in the field of immigration law or immigrant rights and who is planning a public interest career in immigration or immigrant rights. The Fellow will serve until graduation. The Immigrant Rights Fellow is guaranteed enrollment in the Immigrant Rights Clinic (IRC) during the second year or third year in law school (and as a repeating IRC student thereafter) and a guaranteed internship with the American Friends Service Committee’s Immigrant Rights Program in Newark during the summer between the second and third years. The Fellow will also engage in paid work with the IRC during that summer and will receive assistance in securing funding for the AFSC internship. The Immigrant Rights Fellow will serve on the law school’s Public Interest Committee, and will organize immigration or immigrant rights–related symposia or other events at the law school.

Current Immigrant Rights Fellows
Nayomi Deen ’16
Cristina D'Amato ’17
Fara Momen ’17

For further information, contact Professor Anju Gupta, Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic.