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 Left to right: Catherine Birdwell, Laura Cappuccio, Stephanie Ferner and Sarah Theodore.

Four Columbus School of Law Students Awarded
Summer Fellowships from Equal Justice Works


Four Catholic University law students have been selected to receive fellowships from Equal Justice Works for the summer of 2010. The fellowships will allow them to pursue area opportunities to provide legal services to the underserved.

The students and their summer project employers are:
Catherine Birdwell (2L)
South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, Harlingen, Texas.
Laura Cappuccio (2L)
Montgomery County Public Defender's Office, Rockville, Md.
Stephanie Ferner (2L)
Montgomery County Public Defender's Office, Rockville, Md.
Sarah Theodore (1L)
The Innocence Project, Columbus School of Law, Washington, D.C.
“Summer Corps members will provide critically needed legal assistance to low-income and underserved communities around the country,” said Program Manager Martin Costello in his congratulatory letter to recipients. “In addition, summer corps members gain first-hand experience and legal skills in areas such as client intake, individual representation, research and writing,”
Equal Justice Works Summer Corps members engage with a broad range of issues, including civil rights, community economic development, death penalty, disability rights, housing, domestic violence, education, public benefits and workers' rights.
The group received a record of 1,536 applications this year and characterized the selection process as “extremely competitive.” The students selected from 153 Equal Justice Works member law schools will receive a $1,000 AmeriCorps education award voucher upon completion of a minimum of 300 hours of summer service at a nonprofit public interest organization.
Equal Justice Works Fellows from D.C. Law Schools
Georgetown: 11
American: 7
Maryland: 5
Catholic University 4
George Washington: 4
George Mason: 3
Howard: 2