The awards cover 100 percent of tuition loans for fellows who make less than $100,000 per year for as long as they remain in public interest law. Lowenstein Fellowships, established by Professor Louis Lowenstein ’53 and his wife, Helen, recognize students who exhibit the potential for making a substantial contribution to public interest law. Berger Fellowships, a new honor established by Max Berger ’71 and his wife, Dale, are given to students who intend to fight racial, gender, and other discrimination throughout their careers.
Four students were named Lowenstein fellows, an honor that supplements their additional appointments and fellowships. Theodore Roethke ’08 will be the Equal Justice Works Fellow at the International Institute of the Bay Area for the next two years. He will represent asylum seekers and other non-citizens who are unable to hire private attorneys. Naureen Shah ’07 will be the Sandler Fellow at Human Rights Watch this year. Sydney Tarzwell ’07 is using a Skadden Fellowship at the Peter Cicchino Youth Project of the Urban Justice Center to focus on the safety and security of transgender young people in state custody and on the enforcement of New York City’s gender identity–inclusive anti-discrimination law. Alison Wright ’08 will be an assistant counsel in the U.S. Senate Office of Legislative Counsel.
The inaugural Berger Fellowship was awarded to Suzannah Phillips ’08, who will use her Columbia Law School Henkin-Stoeffel Fellowship to research discrimination that HIV/AIDS-infected women encounter in accessing reproductive health care.