Public Interest Corner
To celebrate its centennial
year in 2006, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal is offering stipends to
1L students who demonstrate interest in public
service through the Sonnenschein Scholars Program;
during the summer after their first year, the
students will work in public service jobs.
GW Law and other law schools including Harvard,
Yale, and Northwestern are participating in
the first phase of the program. For the next
five years, two GW Law students will receive
$4,000 scholarships in order to help students
gain employment in public service jobs after
their first year in law school. Students will
be nominated by the Law School and nominees
will submit a written summary of academic performance,
leadership, and commitment to public service.
Make Room for
Through the “Make Room for Equal Justice” program,
students traveling for call-back interviews
can choose to stay with family and friends
in lieu of a hotel paid for by the firm. In
turn, the firm will donate $150 per student
to the Law School’s Equal Justice Foundation.
The money raised by this program will go directly
to students who work at unpaid public interest
jobs in the summer.
To learn more about the program, please contact
Suzanne Hill at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 994-7340.
Student and Alumni Achievements
Alana Hecht, JD ’05, received a Westwood
Fellowship to work at Neighborhood Legal Services
last spring; funded by Covington & Burling,
the fellowship allows her to continue work
as a staff attorney for two years. Currently,
most of her casework is in the area of public
benefits, but she will take on cases in housing
and family law in the coming year.
Dena Sher, JD ’05, is completing a 2005
Equal Justice Works Fellowship at Americans
United for Separation of Church and State.
Americans United is a religious liberty watch
dog group based in Washington. The organization
educates Americans about the importance of
church-state separation in safeguarding religious
freedom. Sher’s project expands the focus
of Americans United to address reproductive
Alison Altman, JD ’04, is serving as
an AmeriCorps Pro Bono Legal Corps attorney.
She is coordinating the LawWorks project at
Philadelphia VIP, promoting the program’s
services and recruiting local attorneys to
participate. The LawWorks program co-sponsors
community education events and organizes pro
bono efforts. Altman also helps to get law
students involved in LawWorks cases.
Students Erik Eisenmann and Nagasilpa Jujjavarapu
are Equal Justice Works Summer Corp Program