The Catholic University of America

Three Students to Receive 2009 Charles and Louise O'Brien Fellowships

The Charles and Louise O'Brien Fellowship was endowed to provide a summer stipend to selected students from the rising first or second year day class, or the first, second or third year evening class. Eligible students may submit an essay that describes how they seek to integrate their religious perspective with their eventual practice of law. The students must demonstrate this integration through a summer placement and the Fellowship stipend will support that summer placement. Fellowship recipients are chosen by a panel of three attorneys, each representing a successful integration of religious perspective with a professional career. The 2009 Fellowship recipients receive $6,000 each.

Ilaria Bangara

Bangara is the daughter of an Indian father and an Italian mother and worked prior to law school as a corporate paralegal at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York City. In addition to English, she is fluent in French, Spanish and Italian. While working as a paralegal she performed pro bono service with asylum cases, plus volunteered to work with the firm's partnership program with Washington Irving High School Her Fellowship placement will allow her to work as a judicial intern with Judge Eaton at the Court of International Trade in New York City. Her goal is to learn more about justice in the context of adjudicating trade disputes.

Karri Allen

Three years ago, influenced by a book written by the president of the International Justice Mission, Allen eventually volunteered to work with an immigrant community in Little Havana, Miami, and then to study in Chile and to work as an English teacher at her Chilean church. Her Fellowship placement will allow her to work as a summer intern with attorneys, social workers, and investigators at the Guatemalan field office of the International Justice Mission. This is an international Christian human rights organization that seeks justice for victims oppressed by slavery, sex-trafficking, illegal detention, sexual violence, illegal property seizures, and police brutality.

Angela Kondowe

Taught by a Dominican nun in at Dominican Convent of Ndola in Zambia, Kondowe learned the necessity of serving others. She seeks to be of service as an attorney with an international organization advocating on behalf of those without access to legal justice. The Fellowship will allow her to accept an internship this summer with the United States Agency for International Development in Lusaka, Zambia, working in the areas of health, legal rights, education and business.