The Catholic University of America

2009 Dulin Haynes Fellows Honored on April 19

Catholic University third-year law students Natalia Drelichman, Lin Lin and Camilla McFarlane were recognized with plaques and praise on April 19 at the annual Law and Public Policy Program brunch for certificate candidates for their contributions and commitment to public service law.

The three students are recipients of the Dulin Haynes Memorial Fellowship, established in 1985 and awarded each year to one or more CUA law students who have demonstrated commitment to a career in public service. Other criteria include achieving academic and professional success during law school, and providing service to the community, the law school and the Law and Public Policy Program.

Professor Sarah Duggin, director of the Law and Public Policy Program, presented the awards. The fellows are selected by an ad hoc committee.

Eleanore Dulin and James Clanton Hayes Memorial Fellows:

Natalia Drelichman, Class of 2009

As a law student, Natalia joined the Law and Public Policy Certificate Program where, through course work and externships, she has acquired the knowledge and skills to become an advocate for immigration rights. Natalia was a legal intern with Legal Momentum's Immigrant Women Project, Washington, D.C. and with CASA Maryland's Legal Department in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her experience at CASA was eye-opening, as she learned of civil rights violations committed against low-wage workers in the United States. CASA provided her the opportunity to work on immigration raid response and political action matters.

Currently, Natalia is a student attorney with Columbus Community Legal Services: The Families and the Law Clinic. Her clinical work involves immigration and domestic violence issues.

She plans to pursue a career in public interest with a focus on immigration law.

Lin Lin, Class of 2009

Lin has concentrated her efforts on helping immigrants and juveniles and hopes to work with these groups in the future. As a law student and a member and Student Coordinator of the Law and Public Policy Program, Lin has immersed herself in the activities of the law school and LPP Program. Lin has planned a series of speaker forums that confront specific legal and policy problems in an effort to trigger discussion and mobilization for social change.

Outside of law school, Lin clerked at the American Psychological Association, where she drafted the initial portions of an amicus brief opposing the holding of a juvenile detainee at Guantanamo Bay. She also interned at the Chambers of the Hon. Brook Hedge at the D.C. Superior Court, where she researched and drafted legal analysis of various issued before the judge.

Lin was awarded a Merit Award based on class rankings; she has served on the Honor Board, competed in the Soap Box Competitor, and served as associate and technology editor of the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy.

Camilla McFarlane, Class of 2009

During her first year of law school Camilla was an active member of the Black Law Students Association, where she organized a community service project every month. She cooperated with other students and with external organizations to impact change in the D.C. community.

Camilla's interest in public service compelled her to travel to Biloxi, Mississippi for the summer with members of the Catholic's Legal Services Society. The group of students joined forces with the Mississippi Center for Social Justice to serve the legal needs of the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Among Camilla's accomplishments, she was elected to serve as the Note and Comment Editor for the CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy in 2008-2009. She is the recipient of The Extra Mile Award for dedicated service to the law school community in 2008. Camilla was a legal intern with the Columbus Community Legal Services general practice clinic during the spring of 2008. She was the West Law student representative in academic year 2007-2008.

Upon graduating from law school, Camilla will serve as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Eric T. Washington, chief judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.