Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC)

EPIC was formed in 1989 by students committed to making public interest jobs accessible to Emory students. EPIC has successfully undertaken a major fundraising effort that has provided summer grants for students who accept volunteer positions or clerkships in public interest organizations.

EPIC has the benefit of Emory Law alumni who are dedicated to public service and serve on EPIC’s Advisory Board. These attorneys work in legal aid, nonprofits, the public defender’s office, and law firms throughout Atlanta.

One of the law school's signature events, the Inspiration Awards celebrate members of our community who do extraordinary work in the public interest and provide funding for public interest summer grants. The event traditionally attracts over 300 people and raises enough funds to provide stipends for students who worked in otherwise unfunded public sector summer jobs. Join us for the next Inspiration Awards Ceremony and make a gift »

22nd Annual EPIC Inspiration Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, February 6, 2018,
Tull Auditorium
Emory University School of Law
7:00 p.m.

2018 Honorees and Presenters

Lifetime Commitment to Public Service Award
Honorable P. Harris Hines (Emory JD ’68)
Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia

Outstanding Leadership in the Public Interest Award:
Margaret Ward Scott (Emory JD ’03)
Partner,  Alston &  Bird LLP

Unsung Devotion to Those Most in Need Award:
Monica Modi Khant
Executive Director, Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network (GAIN)

Lifetime Commitment to Public Service Award:Teri Plummer McClure 88L
UPS Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior VP Human Resources, Labor & Employment Communications

Outstanding Leadership in the Public Interest Award: Teresa Wynn Roseborough
Home Depot EVP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Unsung Devotion to Those Most in Need Award: Sarah Geraghty
Managing Attorney, Impact Litigation, Southern Center for Human Rights

2017 Fellows: Carly Rabner 19L; Brandon Scheck 19L

Lifetime Commitment to Public Service Award: Edward J. “Jack” Hardin
Founding Partner, Rogers & Hardin LLP
Presented by Harold T. "Hal" Daniel 69L; Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Outstanding Leadership in the Public Interest Award: Sally Quillian Yates
Deputy Attorney General, The United States Department of Justice
Presented by the Honorable David E. Nahmias; Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia

Unsung Devotion to Those Most in Need Award: The Honorable Peggy H. Walker
Chief Judge, Juvenile Court of Douglas County
Presented by Patrise Perkins-Hooker 84 JD/MBA; Immediate Past President, State Bar of Georgia; Fulton County Attorney

Lifetime Commitment to Public Service Award: Paula Lawton Bevington, Principal, Bevington Advisors, LLC and Fundraising Consultant with Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Presented by Steve Gottlieb, Executive Director, Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

Outstanding Leadership in the Public Interest Award: H. Lane Dennard, Jr., Retired Partner, King & Spalding and Co-Founder, Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans. Presented by Charles A. Shanor, Professor, Emory University School of Law and Co-Founder, Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans.

Unsung Devotion to Those Most in Need Award: Linda A. Pace 75L, Chief Assistant Public Defender, DeKalb County Public Defender's Office, Juvenile Division. Presented by The Honorable Desiree Sutton Peagler 87L, Chief Judge, DeKalb County Juvenile Court.

Video Interviews of EPIC 2015 Summer Grant Recipients

Lifetime Commitment to Public Service Award: Anne Emanuel 75L, Professor Emerita, Georgia State University College of Law. Anne clerked with Judge Tuttle following her graduation from Emory and in 2011 published Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Jurist of the Civil Rights Revolution.  Presented by The Honorable Amy Totenberg.

Outstanding Leadership in the Public Interest Award: Stan Jones, partner at Nelson Mullins. Stan has been involved in the mental health movement in Georgia since working on numerous gubernatorial and presidential commissions for the Carter family. Presented by Jud Graves 75L, Retired Partner, Alston + Bird.

Unsung Devotion to Those Most in Need Award: Rachel Epps Spears, founding executive director of the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. Presented by Rev. Melanie L. Conner, Executive Director of the Zion Hill Community Development Corporation.

Lifetime Commitment to Public Service: Robbie Dokson, Norman Underwood, Frank Strickland, Terry Walsh, Charlie Lester, Bucky Askew, Steve Gottlieb, Phyllis Holmen, The Hon. Rowland W. Barnes, Bill Brennan, Emmet Bondurant, Mary Ann Oakley, Donald Hollowell, Randolph Thrower, Robert Bomar, Ben F. Johnson Jr., John Cromartie, and The Hon. Marvin Shoob

Outstanding Leadership in the Public Interest: Jeff Bramlett, Jan Pratt, Bill Hoffmann, The Hon. Doris Downs, Gerry Weber, John Chandler, Joe Bankoff, John Sibley, The Hon. Norman Fletcher, Debbie Segal, Frank Alexander, Thurbert Baker, Paula Frederick, Mary Margaret Oliver, Marva Jones Brooks, Stephen Bright, and Renee Glover

Unsung Devotion to Those Most in Need: Tamara Serwer Caldas, Sue Jamieson, Karen Worthington, Rita Sheffey, Marian Burge, Aimee Maxwell, Sue Colussy, Stephanie Kearns, Sharon Hill, Karen Brown, Jack and Jim Martin, Vicky Kimbrell, Doug Ammar, Kathleen Dumitrescu, Kerry McGrath, and Karen Baynes Galvin 

  • Sarah Babcock 07L, Lawyers for Equal Justice
  • S. Derek Bauer 00L, Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Daniel A. Bloom 94L, Richardson Bloom & Lines LLC
  • Carolyn R. Bregman 82L, Emory Alumni Association
  • Brandon Bullard 07L, Georgia Public Defender Council
  • Mary Carole Cooney 75L, Attorney at Law
  • Elisa Kodish 99L, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
  • Sue McAvoy, EPIC Advisor Emerita
  • Paul J. Murphy 86L, King & Spalding 
  • The Honorable Mary Margaret Oliver 72L, Attorney at Law
  • Megan Ross Pulsts 09L, Georgia Legal Services Program
  • Claudia S. Saari 87L, DeKalb County Public Defender's Office
  • Haley Schwartz 05L, Abrams, Davis, Mason & Long 
  • Debbie Segal 79L, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Joann M. Yoon Kang 02L, CDC
  • David A. Zimmerman 99L, Eversheds Sutherland LLP
  • Rita A. Sheffey, Assistant Dean for Public Service, EPIC Advisor

The EPIC Book and Supplement Sales are held at the beginning and middle of each semester.

To volunteer to sort or sell books, contact EPIC's treasurer.

Why Buy From the EPIC Book and Study Guide Sale?

  • You don't want to pay $130 per textbook multiplied by five classes.
  • Upperclassmen don't want to continue to store books they'll never read again, especially on topics for which they have no interest.
  • Nobody likes getting $25 back from the bookstore for a $130 book, and when the new edition comes out or the professor changes the text, you get nothing.
  • EPIC needs money to pay for its event speakers, lunch at meetings, etc.

What About Old Books?

In the spirit of public interest, and cleaning out our closet, EPIC will donate any books more than one edition older than the current edition in use to Liberian law students.

Why?

Liberia's justice system is actually modeled after ours, so they use all American textbooks, American secondary sources, and even cite our Supreme Court cases in their opinions. The law students have very few books and no library. So we want to help out!

How Can I Donate?

Drop your books, supplements, study guides, flashcards, etc. in EPIC's donation bins. The bins are located at the bottom of the stairs connecting Gambrell Hall to the law library, just behind the small elevator.

If I donate books, can I get a receipt for my taxes?

Yes you can! Contact the EPIC secretary for information about receipts and recognition: epicsecretary@gmail.com »

The EPIC lunch series brings public interest attorneys practicing in various fields to the law school for a casual lunch with a small group of students. The attorneys usually talk about their experience in their current position, experiences that helped them prepare for their job, and other good public interest advice. This semester, we will have lawyers from the Georgia Innocence Project, Atlanta Legal Aid, and the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network. Each lunch is capped at 10 students to ensure an intimate conversation and plenty of time for questions. EPIC provides lunch and students provide their own beverage.

Stay tuned for more info!

Emory Law

Public Interest Research

Whether you are a current law student looking for a legal research topic for a class or law review note or you’re a public interest attorney who has a need for legal research that a student could complete over the course of a semester, ACS ResearchLink can be just what you’re looking for. If you have any questions, contact Virginia Marentette at vmarentette@acslaw.org »

Training Opportunities

New Leaders Council: The mission of the New Leaders Council (NLC) is to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs—those who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life in a global America. NLC Fellows engage in an intensive ten days of training over a five-month period to learn cutting-edge entrepreneurship, leadership, and political management skills from over 150 industry-leading volunteer faculty. Upon graduation, Fellows are paired with career mentors, join a national alumni network, and agree to fundraise to support the next class of Fellows. Learn more »

One of EPIC's major programs is offering grants for students who are spending their summers working in the public interest but are either unpaid or receive insufficient funding from other sources. 

EPIC Grant Requirements

Summer 2017 Grant Recipients

  • Lukas Alfen – U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
  • Melanie Brancht – U.S. Attorney's Office for Northern District of Georgia
  • Ashley Bykerk – U.S. Department of Education
  • Timothy Carey – ACLU of Georgia
  • Andrea Crump – DeKalb County Public Defender
  • Sydney Ford – Georgia Public Defender Council
  • Katherine Freeman – Children at Risk
  • Cody Keetch – Children's Cancer and Blood Foundation
  • Sarah G. Kim – New York State Attorney General, Health Care Bureau
  • Essie Lazurus – Juvenile Law Center
  • Sarah Lee – U.S. Attorney's Office for Northern District of Georgia
  • Jacqueline Monet – Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation: Safe Families Office
  • Damarius Newsome – Fulton County District Attorney
  • Kier Prince – City of Atlanta
  • Alexandra Pierce – EPA Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
  • Mathew Plott – Fulton County District Attorney
  • Carly Rabner – Brooklyn Defender Services
  • Sophie Salcedo – ACLU of Georgia
  • Brandon Scheck – Innocence Project of Florida
  • Nicole Schladt – DeKalb County District Attorney
  • Ben Schofield – DeKalb County Public Defender
  • Bora Song – Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Taskforce
  • Erika Voreh – Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide
  • Jordan Weber – Louis D.  Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law 

Summer 2016 Recipients

  • Beverly Bass – Georgia Department of Community Health, Office of General Counsel, Contracts Administration Section
  • Jennifer Black – Food and Drug Administration, Office of Legislation, Office of the Commissioner
  • Morgan Bridgman – U.S. Department of Justice, District of South Carolina, Greenville Office
  • Timothy Carey – Office of the Attorney General, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Seth Church – U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section
  • Alexandra Cochrane – Georgia Public Defender Council
  • Allie Conn – Hamilton County District Attorney's Office; Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
  • KC Covington – National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Andriana Glover – U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
  • Ervin Hall – U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Jennifer Hickey – Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Emily Labutta – Cobb County District Attorney's Office, Trial Division
  • Michelle Licht – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Region IV
  • Rebecca McMahon – U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York
  • Eliot Neal – U.S. Navy JAG Corps
  • Amanda Parris – Georgia Public Defender Council, Appellate Division
  • Amanda Quiles – Office of the Public Defender, Augusta Judicial Circuit, Adult Division
  • Benjamin Ries – Office of the Public Defender, Atlanta Judicial Circuit, Fulton County
  • Lauren Schenkel – Paulding County District Attorney's Office
  • Ben Schofield – The Law Office of the DeKalb County Public Defender
  • Jesse Sutz – U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Trustee
  • Daniel Weigel – Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Division 16, Criminal Domestic Violence Court and Treatment Court 
  • Ayana Wilson – Office of the Public Defender of Erie County
  • Molly Wooldridge – Human Rights First

Summer 2015 Grant Recipients

  • Heather Akram – Cook County Public Defender
  • Nashmiyeh Ali – County of Sacramento Public Defender
  • Jordyn Aronowitz – Supreme Court of the State of New York
  • Kaitlyn Barnes – DeKalb County Law Office of the Public Defender
  • Jennifer Black – National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Elizabeth Ruth Foreman – Law Office of the Public Defender for DeKalb County
  • Shelby Hancock – Air, Water, and Natural Resources Section in the Natural Resources Section in the Environmental Division of the North Carolina’s Attorney General’s Office
  • Jennifer Beth Hickey – ACLU Women’s Rights Project
  • Amanda McQuade – The Voice for North Carolina’s Children
  • Amanda Quiles – Georgia Innocence Project       
  • Samantha Rayborn – Domestic Violence Bureau Kings County District Attorney’s Office
  • Jennifer Rosenbaum – Henry County District Attorney’s Office
  • Lesta Simmons – DeKalb County Law Office of the Public Defender
  • Amelia Todd – Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of Enforcement Operations
  • Melissa Weems – Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office
  • Molly Wooldridge – Georgia Justice Project

Summer 2014 Grant Recipients

  • Melanie Aldred—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Atlanta, GA
  • Ariel Altman—DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office Decatur, GA
  • Jordyn Aronowitz—DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office Decatur, GA
  • Adwoa Asante—Human Rights Advocacy Centre Accra, Ghana (H.A. Stephens Memorial Grant)
  • Jacob Aschmutat—Office of U.S. Senator John Cornyn Washington, DC
  • Rachel Berman—Gideon’s Promise Atlanta, GA (John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship)
  • Rachel Budde—Cobb County District Attorney’s Office Marietta, GA (Goico & Bolet, P.C, Grant in Honor of Howard O. Hunter)
  • Joshua Carmel—Office of the Appellate Defender New York, NY
  • Erin Cawthorn—U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Ofc for Immigration Rev. Atlanta, GA (Laura S. Huffman Grant)
  • Samantha Croffie—U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Atlanta, GA
  • Katherine Davis—International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia The Hague, Neth. (Paul S. Davis Endowed Fund Grant)
  • Emily Fiscus—Office of the Colorado State Public Defender Castle Rock, CO (Briggs Tobin Grant)
  • Elise Foreman—ACLU Foundation of Georgia Atlanta, GA
  • Elizabeth Johnson—Office of the Public Defender, 9th Judicial Circuit Kissimmee, FL
  • Mallika Kaushal—ACLU National Security/Immigrants’ Rights Project Atlanta, GA (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Jennifer Lamb—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Atlanta, GA
  • Raquel Leibovitch —U.S. Attorney’s Office Atlanta, GA
  • Marian Maloney—DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office Decatur, GA (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Grant in Honor of Debbie Segal)
  • Alexa Murray—U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights Atlanta, GA
  • A’Nia Rasheed—Fulton County Public Defender’s Office Atlanta, GA
  • Laura Rodriguez—U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Ofc for Immigration Rev. Guaynabo, PR
  • Katherine Rookard—Office of the Public Defender Fairfax, VA
  • Jennifer Rosenbaum—Henry County Probate Court McDonough, GA
  • Jolie Schamber—GreenLaw/Turner Environmental Law Clinic Atlanta, GA
  • Hana Shatila—U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Ofc for Immigration Rev. Atlanta, GA (Norman & Bettina Roberts Foundation Grant)
  • JoAnna Smith—Legal Aid Society of Washington, DC Washington, DC (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Ryan Stephens—Southern Environmental Law Center Atlanta, GA
  • Amelia Todd—International Justice Mission Washington, DC (Legal Association for Women Students Grant)
  • Caitlyn Wade—DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office Decatur, GA (John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship)
  • Hannah Ruth Wahlen—Federal Trade Commission Atlanta, GA (Legal Association for Women Students Grant)
  • Danielle Walker—Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation Atlanta, GA (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Grant)

Summer 2013 Grant Recipients

  • Emily Adams—DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center, Decatur GA (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Grant)
  • Melanie Aldred—Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Atlanta GA
  • Ariel Altman—DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center, Decatur GA
  • Adwoa Asante—Georgia Law Center for the Homeless, Atlanta GA (Legal Association for Women Students Grant)
  • Gerard Bifulco—U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Washington DC
  • Rachel Budde—Lambda Legal, Atlanta GA
  • Nick Cantrell—DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, Decatur GA
  • Katherine Davis—U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, Washington DC
  • Edward Ezekiel—Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Atlanta GA
  • Emily Fiscus—Georgia Innocence Project, Decatur GA (Norman & Bettina Roberts Foundation Grant)
  • David Glustrom—DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, Decatur GA
  • Miriam Gutman—U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Atlanta GA
  • Rebecca Hallum—Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Washington DC (John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship)
  • Ryan Hughes—U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Atlanta GA
  • Anam Ismail—DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, Decatur GA
  • Elizabeth Johnson—Office of the Public Defender, 9th Judicial Circuit, Orlando FL
  • Helen Jubran—Southern Environmental Law Center, Atlanta GA (Bondurant Mixson & Elmore Grant)
  • Brian Kaufman—National Center for Lesbian Rights, Washington DC and H. A. Stephens Memorial Grant
  • Becky Lowe—U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Atlanta, GA
  • Marian Maloney—Georgia Innocence Project, Decatur, GA (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Meredith McCarrey—Georgia Capital Defender - Atlanta, GA
  • Hannah McLear—DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office , Decatur GA
  • Emily Niklaus—U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Ofc for Immigration Rev., Atlanta GA
  • Ashley O’Neal—DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s Office, Decatur GA
  • Audrey Pak—California Attorney General’s Office, Criminal Division, San Francisco CA
  • Michelle Ramsden—Growing Good Foundation, Decatur GA
  • Whitney Rappole—Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, Jamestown NY (Paul S. Davis Endowed Fund Grant)
  • Margaret Riley—American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, Washington DC (John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship)
  • Laura Rivera—Advancement Project, Washington DC (Joseph M. Beck Grant)
  • Tabitha Rogers—DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, Decatur GA (Goico & Bolet, P.C, Grant in Honor of Howard O. Hunter)
  • Omar Saleem—DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, Decatur GA
  • JoAnna Smith—Legal Aid Society of Washington, DC, Washington, DC (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Aimee Sobhani—Georgia Attorney General’s Office, Government Services and Employment Division, Atlanta GA
  • Kioceaia Stenson—Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, Atlanta GA
  • Doug Stephens—U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, Washington DC (Laura S. Huffman Grant)
  • Caitlyn Wade—Georgia Innocence Project, Decatur GA

Summer 2012 Grant Recipients

  • Brooks Anderson—DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s Office, Decatur GA
  • Vinita Andrapalliyal—Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, DC (Joseph M. Beck Grant)
  • Amanda Baker—Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington DC (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Megan Ballard—U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Atlanta GA (Janet Hayes Davis Foundation Grant)
  • Alyssa Baskam—Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Senior Citizens Law Project, Atlanta, GA (Troutman Sanders Grant)
  • Vicki Bass—Georgia Attorney General’s Office, Atlanta GA
  • Melissa Bonnington—Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Atlanta GA (Laura S. Huffman Grant)
  • Ruth Dawson—ACLU of Northern California, San Francisco CA (John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship)
  • Rachel Echemendia—San Diego County Public Defender, Juvenile Division, San Diego CA (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Grant)
  • Ernesto Escobar—Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Hispanic Outreach Unit, Decatur GA
  • Jasmine Gibbs—U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Atlanta GA
  • Erin Henschel—Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Kailua-Kona HI
  • Sean Hoffman—Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Chicago IL
  • Ryan Hughes—New York Civil Liberties Union, New York NY
  • Anam Ismail—Georgia Innocence Project, Decatur GA (Troutman Sanders Grant)
  • Brian Kaufman—Georgia Innocence Project, Decatur GA (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Joel Langdon—U.S. Attorney’s Office, Atlanta GA
  • Vanessa Lee—U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Atlanta GA
  • Juliana Lorenzo—Clayton County District Attorney’s Office, Jonesboro, GA
  • Jacob Madsen—Fulton County Public Defender’s Office, Atlanta GA (Briggs Tobin Grant)
  • Lillian Martin—ACLU of Georgia, Atlanta\ GA
  • Leonard Mathis—DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, Decatur, GA (Goico & Bolet, P.C, Grant in Honor of Howard O. Hunter)
  • Meredith McCarre—Federal Defender Program, Atlanta GA
  • Hannah McLear—Latin American Association, Atlanta, GA
  • Stephanie Nullman—DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, Decatur GA
  • Ashley O’Neal—DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s Office , Decatur GA
  • Amelia Parr—U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Atlanta GA
  • Rachel Reed—DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office and U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Decatur, GA
  • Laura Rivera—ACLU of Georgia, National Security/Immigrants’ Rights Project, Atlanta GA and The Honorable Sidney I. Schenkier (N.D., Ill.), Chicago, IL (H.A. Stephens Memorial Grant)
  • Sharon Samuel—U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Washington DC
  • Jamie Schickler—DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, Decatur GA (John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship)
  • Amanda Siefman—Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Family Law Project, West Palm Beach FL
  • Kioceaia Stenson—Georgia Innocence Project, Decatur GA (Norman & Bettina Roberts Foundation Grant)
  • Sara Warren—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Atlanta GA
  • Ashley Webb-Orenstein—Rockland County District Attorney’s Office, New City NY
  • Timothy Wilson—U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Washington DC (Kimberly L. Myers Grant)

Summer 2011 Grant Recipients

  • Grace AkanSouthern Public Defender Training Center, Atlanta GA
  • Caleb AvrahamFulton County Public Defender’s Office, Atlanta GA (King & Spalding Grant)
  • Sarah AustinAtlanta Legal Aid Society, Atlanta GA (Janet Hayes Davis Foundation Grant)
  • Jennifer BellisSouthern Environmental Law Center, Atlanta GA (Norman & Bettina Roberts Foundation Grant)
  • Jordan ClarkLatin American Association, Immigration Services, Atlanta GA
  • Ruth DawsonNational Partnership for Women & Families, Washington DC (Legal Association for Women Students Grant)
  • Shoshana ElonU.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Atlanta GA
  • Chelsea FeustelAtlanta Legal Aid Society, Atlanta GA (Laura S. Huffman Grant)
  • Jasmine GibbsU.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Boston MA
  • Rachel GordonOrleans Public Defenders, New Orleans LA (Briggs Tobin Grant)
  • Ilan GrapelResettlement Legal Aid Project, Cairo, Egypt
  • Dan HougendoblerMedicines Patent Pool, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Jennifer KidwellOklahoma Indian Legal Services, Oklahoma City OK
  • Heather LittleCook County Public Defender, Chicago IL
  • Aalia MaanRene Cassin—The Jewish Voice for Human Rights, London, England
  • Leonard Mathis Jr.Fulton County Office of the Child Attorney, Atlanta, GA (Kimberly L. Myers Grant)
  • Molly ParmerDeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, Decatur GA (King & Spalding Grant)
  • Ashley PayneU.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, New York NY
  • Ritu RanaHumane Society of the United States, Washington DC
  • Elizabeth Redpath Lambda Legal, Atlanta GA (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Will RomineRural Development Fund, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Sarah Ross-BenjaminCobb County District Attorney’s Office, Marietta GA (Goico & Bolet, P.C, Grant in Honor of Howard O. Hunter)
  • Tamara SchiffWestern Shoshone Defense Project , Crescent Valley NV
  • James ThomasOffice of the Colorado State Public Defender, Fort Collins CO
  • Kate ThompsonU.S. Commission on Civil Right, Washington DC
  • Kristen TullosNational Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, Washington DC (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Sara WarrenUpper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Atlanta GA
  • Jennifer WilliamsU.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Atlanta GA
  • Andrea WoodPublic Defender Service for the District of Columbia, Washington DC
  • Katherine WuCenter for Medicare Advocacy, Washington DC (H.A. Stephens Memorial Grant)

Summer 2010 Grant Recipients

  • Faisal AkhterU.S. Attorney's Office, San Francisco CA
  • Caleb AvrahamFederal Defender Program, Atlanta GA
  • Ashten BaileyEnvironmental Protection Agency, Atlanta GA
  • Jennifer BellisEnvironmental Protection Agency, Atlanta GA
  • Laura BoveDeKalb County Public Defender's Office, Decatur GA
  • Joanna CrowleyDeKalb County District Attorney's Office, Decatur GA
  • Donnalee DonaldsonGeorgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities, Atlanta GA
  • Erin DonohueDeKalb County Public Defender's Office, Decatur GA
  • Jessica FelfoldiAtlanta Legal Aid Society, Atlanta GA
  • Ilan GrapelThe Supreme Court of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Ivie GuobadiaVera Institute of Justice, New York, NY (Legal Association for Women Students Grant)
  • Kaylon HammondLawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, Chicago, IL
  • You-Jin Han—Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Atlanta GA
  • Jenny Hernandez - U.S. Department of State, Office of International Religious Freedom, Washington DC
  • John Irvin—Florida Legal Services/Migrant Farmworker Justice Project, Lake Worth FL
  • Niji Jain—U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York NY
  • Anne Johnso—Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and Cambridge Public Schools Office of Legal Counsel, Boston MA
  • Shivana Jorawar—U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Atlanta GA
  • Erin Krinsky—The Honorable Debra Bernes, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta GA
  • Jennifer Lewis—North Carolina Department of Justice/Environmental Division, Raleigh NC
  • Jessica Lopez—Charleston County Public Defender's Office, Charleston SC
  • Flora Manship—California Rural Legal Assistance, San Francisco CA
  • Merriam Mikhail—ACLU National Security/Immigrants’ Rights Project, Atlanta GA (H.A. Stephens Memorial Grant)
  • Rhiannon O'Connor—DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center, Decatur GA
  • Tommy Ozbolt—Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston MA
  • Nisha Palvia—Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, Charlotte NC
  • Audrey Patten—U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Boston MA
  • Ashley Pecora—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Technology Transfer Office, Atlanta GA (Laura S. Huffman Grant)
  • Aarti Sharma—The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division, Brooklyn NY
  • Lauren Slive—National Health Law Program, Carrboro NC (Janet Hayes Davis Foundation Grant)
  • Emily Snyder—Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic, Atlanta GA (Kimberly L. Myers Grant)
  • Sydney Spector—MFY Legal Services, New York, NY (Sutherland Asbil & Brennan Grant)
  • Kristen Tullos—U.S. Attorney's Office, Savannah GA (Student Bar Association Grant)
  • Lisa Wolff—Miami Office of the Public Defender, Miami FL (Norman & Bettina Roberts Foundation Grant)
  • Andrea Wood—Georgia Capital Defender, Atlanta GA
  • Katherine Wu—Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Atlanta GA (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)

Summer 2009 Grant Recipients

  • Silas Allard - ACLU of Georgia, National Security/Immigrants Rights Project, Atlanta GA
  • Tricia Beckmann- Center for Medicare Advocacy, Washington DC (Janet Hayes Davis Foundation Grant)
  • Stephanie Chin - Mental Health Advocacy Services, Los Angeles CA (Garfield Family Grant)
  • Vinay Chopra - Public Health Solutions - New York NY
  • Jessica Cohen - Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Brooklyn NY
  • Joanna Crowley - DuPage County Public Defender’s Office, Wheaton IL
  • Amos Davis - U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Institute, Washington DC
  • Erin Donohue - Georgia Innocence Project, Decatur GA (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Ben Farley - ACLU Voting Rights Project, Atlanta GA
  • Rachel Fox - The Honorable C. Ray Mullins, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta, GA (Norman & Bettina Roberts Foundation Grant)
  • Allyson Gold - Legal Aid Society, Homeless Rights Project, New York NY
  • Brian Green - Federal Defender Program, Atlanta GA
  • Sarah Gryll - The Honorable Ilana Rovner, U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, Chicago IL
  • Jay Haider - American Constitution Society, Washington DC
  • Jennifer Heald - Georgia Justice Project, Atlanta GA (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Anne Johnson - U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Boston MA
  • Shivana Jorawar - New York State Division of Human Rights, Bronx NY (H.A. Stephens Memorial Grant)
  • Shannon Kyle - Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic, Atlanta GA (Kimberly L. Myers Grant)
  • Erin Masin - Office of the Public Defender, City of Alexandria, VA
  • Rhiannon O’Connor - Lambda Legal, Atlanta, GA (Legal Association for Women Students Grant)
  • Angela Oliver - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentFair Housing and Employment Law Division, Atlanta GA (Association of Corporate Counsel/Georgia Chapter Grant)
  • Miriam Ostrov - Environmental Defense Fund, Boulder CO
  • Peter Pasciucco - Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston MA
  • Eric Schnapp - The Honorable T. Jackson Bedford, Jr., Fulton County Superior Court, Atlanta GA
  • Anand Sithian - The Honorable Eric N. Vitaliano, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn NY

Summer 2008 Grant recipients

  • Carson Bacon - The Honorable Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. (D., S.C.), Columbia SC (Jones Day Grant)
  • Tricia Beckmann - Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago IL
  • Amanda Burns - Catholic Charities Community Services, New York NY
  • Jennifer Cox - DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office and Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic, Atlanta GA
  • Elizabeth Ellis - DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, Decatur GA
  • Danielle Friedman - ACLU Voting Rights Project, Atlanta GA (H.A. Stephens Memorial Grant)
  • Danielle Goldstone - World Organization for Human Rights USA, Washington DC
  • Jay Haider - ACLU of Georgia, National Security/Immigrants’ Rights Proj., Atlanta GA
  • Currey Hitchens - South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre, New Delhi, India
  • Reena Liebling - Federal Defender Program, Atlanta GA
  • Mandissa Logan - San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, San Francisco CA
  • Benton Martin - Michigan Poverty Law Program, Ann Arbor MI (Janet Hayes Davis Foundation Grant)
  • Erin Masin - Georgia Innocence Project, Atlanta GA (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Carmel Mushin - Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Courtney O’Donnell - Global Justice Center, New York NY (Legal Association for Women Students Grant)
  • Angela Oliver - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Atlanta GA
  • Miriam Ostrov - Wisconsin State Office of the Public Defender, Madison WI
  • Jeannine Privat - U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Atlanta GA
  • Tara Ramanathan - Health Law Partnership, Atlanta GA
  • Kim Ramelow - Georgia Innocence Project, Atlanta GA (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Pamela Rosen - Teach For America/Education Pioneers, New York NY
  • Daniel Shulak - Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Atlanta GA (Association of Corporate Counsel, Georgia Chapter, Grant)
  • Zahra Smith - Georgia Capital Defender, Atlanta GA (McKenna Long & Aldridge Grant)
  • Valerie Warner - Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Atlanta GA
  • Rainbow Willard - DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, Decatur GA (Kimberly L. Myers Grant)
  • Shaun Yancey - DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, Decatur GA

Summer 2007 Grant recipients

  • Noelle Abastillas - Women’s Law Project , Philadelphia PA (Legal Association for Women Students Grant)
  • Ashley Austin - Three Rivers Legal Services, Gainesville FL
  • Lynsey Barron - U.S. Attorney’s Office, Atlanta GA (Martin Ellis Memorial Grant)
  • Linus Chen - National Wildlife Federation, Washington DC
  • Adrea Chow - Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic, Atlanta GA (Kimberly L. Myers Grant)
  • Hillary Gardner - Seedco (community development organization), New York NY (Janet Hayes Davis Foundation Grant)
  • Christine Harper - Latin American Association/Immigration Services, Atlanta GA (King & Spalding Grant)
  • Currey Hitchens - Georgia Resource Center, Atlanta GA (Association of Corporate Counsel, Georgia Chapter, Grant)
  • Stephen Johnson - Georgia Capital Defender, Atlanta GA
  • Alissa Jones - DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, Decatur GA
  • Anna Kurien DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, Decatur GA
  • LeRyan Lambert - DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, Decatur GA
  • Jennifer Lyle - Cobb County District Attorney’s Office, Marietta GA
  • Sarah Martino - U.S. Attorney’s Office, Atlanta GA (Jones Day Grant)
  • Dan Nugent - Lambda Legal, Atlanta GA (Robin Nash Memorial Grant)
  • Terri Porter - D.C. Office of the Attorney General, Washington DC (H.A. Stephens Memorial Grant)
  • Megan Pulsts- Federal Defender Program, Atlanta GA
  • Joseph Records - Office of the State’s Attorney, Allegany County, Cumberland MD
  • Tala Rezai - Beverly Hills Attorneys Legal Aid Foundation, Beverly Hills CA
  • Andrew Robbins - Metro Conflict Defender, Atlanta GA
  • Alison Schmauch - Institute for Justice, Arlington VA (Martin Ellis Memorial Grant)
  • Laura Settlemyer - American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Washington DC (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Aaron Shapiro - National Labor Relations Board, Washington DC
  • April Sommer - DeKalb County Juvenile Court Public Defender’s Office, Decatur GA (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Joanna Steiner - DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, Decatur GA (Rodney and Robin Perlman Grant)
  • Jared Welsh - Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Atlanta GA

Summer 2006 Grant recipients

  • Yael Adef - Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice/Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Atlanta GA (Jones Day Grant)
  • Amber Bagley - DeKalb County Public Defender, Decatur GA
  • Ron Barabas - Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Atlanta GA (Janet Hayes Davis Foundation Grant)
  • Matt Barrett - Cambridge Human Rights Commission, Cambridge MA
  • Stephanie Biddle - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Atlanta GA
  • James Blouch - U.S. Attorney's Office, Washington DC
  • Catherine Brandt - DeKalb County Public Defender/Juvenile Court Division, Decatur GA
  • Linus Chen - U.S. Department of Justice/Environment and Natural Resources Division, Wildlife and Marine Resources Section, Washington DC
  • Tomas Delgado - Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Atlanta GA (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Brooke Emery - U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Hearings Unit, Atlanta GA
  • Brad Drummond - Georgia Innocence Project, Atlanta GA (Rodney and Robin Perlman Grant)
  • Thomas Foley - Westchester County District Attorney, White Plains NY
  • Eric Galvez - Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, Jamaica Plain MA
  • David Glazer - AIDS Legal Referral Panel, San Francisco CA
  • Nicole Herther-Spiro - Gisha, Center for the Legal Protections of Freedom of Movement, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Alissa Jones - Georgia Innocence Project, Atlanta GA
  • Anna Kurien - DeKalb County Public Defender, Decatur GA
  • Brandee Lattimore - Georgia Department of Human Resources/Division of Aging Services, Atlanta GA
  • Ashanti Lilley - Metro Conflict Defender, Atlanta GA
  • Carrie McCurdy - DeKalb County District Attorney/Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, Decatur GA (Legal Association for Women Students Grant)
  • Marilyn Moore - Metro Conflict Defender, Atlanta GA
  • Savannah Murphy - DeKalb County Public Defender Juvenile Court Division, Decatur GA
  • Dana Myers - Southeastern Legal Foundation, Decatur GA
  • Rajas Pargaonkar - Consortium for Adequate School Funding in Georgia, Atlanta GA
  • Chris Peretti - Metro Conflict Defender, Atlanta GA (King & Spalding Grant)
  • Shafiq Perry - Miami-Dade Public Defender, Miami FL
  • Michael Phillips - Connecticut Attorney General’s Office, Hartford CT
  • Elaine Poon - National Lawyer's Guild, San Francisco CA
  • Marirose Pratt - Southern Environmental Law Center, Atlanta GA
  • Tim Schwarz - Clayton County Solicitor's Office Jonesboro, GA
  • Laura Settlemyer - Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Atlanta GA (Association of Corporate Counsel, Georgia Chapter, Grant)
  • Maya-Kristin Sparks - Federal Defender Program, Atlanta, GA
  • Barbara Stampul - Greek Helsinki Monitor, Athens, Greece
  • Shawn Sukumar - Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, Appellate Advocacy and Legal Research Division, Atlanta GA
  • Sumaiya Talukdar - Transparency International, Washington DC

Summer 2005 Grant recipients

  • Sarah Babcock - Georgia Legal Services/Community Economic Development , Atlanta GA (Association of Corporate Counsel, Georgia Chapter, Grant)
  • Theo Beck - DeKalb County Public Defender, Decatur GA
  • Gretchen Collazo - Georgia Legal Services/Farmworkers Division, Atlanta GA (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Jason Costa - DeKalb County Public Defender, Decatur GA
  • Mike Fabius - ACLU Voting Rights Project, Atlanta GA (Holland & Knight Grant)
  • Jessi Herman - Neighborhood Legal Services Association, Pittsburgh PA
  • Nicole Herther-Spiro - Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, Minneapolis MN
  • Sucharita Kuchibhotla - Office of the Georgia Capital Defender, Atlanta GA
  • Kathleen Losche - Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Atlanta GA
  • Laura Millendorf - WomensLaw.Org, Brooklyn NY (Legal Association for Women Students Grant)
  • Gillian Morshedi - Georgia Law Center for the Homeless, Atlanta GA
  • Payal Patel - ACLU of Georgia, Atlanta GA
  • Sarah Pentz - Missouri State Public Defender, Clayton MO
  • Caroline Pignatelli - U.S.Department of Health and Human Services, Atlanta GA
  • Marirose Pratt - Catawba Riverkeeper, Charlotte NC
  • Jordana Rubel - Advocates for Children, New York NY
  • Lara Schenkman - Georgia Justice Project, Atlanta GA (King & Spalding Grant)
  • Anjali Vats - Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Lansing MI (Janet Hayes Davis Foundation Grant)
  • Jennifer Walker - DeKalb County Public Defender, Decatur GA

Summer 2004 Grant recipients

  • Caitlin Berberich - Georgia Legal Services, Farmworker Division, Atlanta GA
  • Jason Costa - Georgia Innocence Project, Atlanta, GA (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Jessica Day - Georgia Conservation Voters, Atlanta GA
  • Erin Healy - Women’s Law Project, Pittsburgh PA
  • Syed Adnan Hussain - Kenyan Human Rights Commission, Nairobi Kenya
  • Christina Mathieson - Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, Atlanta GA (King & Spalding Grant)
  • Rob McKeehan - Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Atlanta GA (American Corporate Counsel, Georgia Chapter, Grant)
  • Sam Miao - DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office , Decatur GA
  • Allison Neal - Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Dallas TX
  • David Neeman - Fulton County Public Defender, Atlanta GA
  • Leah Rotenberg - ACLU, Voting Rights Project, Atlanta GA
  • Haley Schwartz - Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Atlanta GA
  • Jessica Slutsky - Children’s Rights, New York NY
  • Allison Surcouf - Georgia Legal Services/Family Violence Project, Atlanta GA
  • Anjali Vats - Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Lansing MI (Janet Hayes Davis Foundation Grant)

Summer 2003 Grant recipients

  • Sheetal Aiyer - Public Advocates, Inc., San Francisco CA
  • Ali Arain - ACLU of Georgia, Atlanta GA (Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore Grant)
  • Michelle Bennett - Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, Denver CO
  • Laurie-Ann Fallon - Fulton County Conflict Defender, Atlanta GA
  • Golda Fleischman - Georgia Justice Project, Atlanta GA (King & Spalding Grant)
  • Steven Hollander - Rockland County Public Defender, New City NY (Robert Black Atwood Grant)
  • Jason McClurg - U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, DC
  • Dan Meyerson - Fulton County Conflict Defender, Atlanta GA
  • Adriana Midence - Ayuda, Inc., Washington DC
  • Joyce Neal - Fulton County Conflict Defender, Atlanta GA
  • Regina Parker - DeKalb County Public Defender, Decatur GA (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant)
  • Liz Patz - Georgia Legal Services, Atlanta GA(American Corporate Counsel, Georgia Chapter, Grant)
  • Josh Samis - U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Civil Fraud Section, Washington DC
  • Ravi Shaw- U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Atlanta GA
  • Kristin Sparks - Innocence Project, Cordozo Law School, New York NY
  • Stefanie Warren - Surfrider Foundation, San Clemente CA
  • Mike Warren - U.S. Attorney’s Office, Brooklyn NY

Summer 2002 Grant recipients

  • Michael Abramson - U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Atlanta GA
  • Jessica Arnold ACLU of Georgia, Atlanta GA
  • (Robert Black Atwood Grant Recipient)
  • Amy Clark - Fulton County Conflict Defender, Atlanta GA
  • Beth Easter - U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, San Antonio TX
  • Sarah Kemmerer - Georgia Lawyers for the Arts Atlanta, GA (Hunton & Williams Grant Recipient)
  • Jennifer Kurle - Governor’s Office of the Consumers’ Insurance Advocate, Atlanta GA
  • Hilary Leland - Children’s Rights, New York NY (King & Spalding Grant Recipient)
  • Suzannah Pogue - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Leigh Stevens - Committee for Public Counsel Services/Public Defender Division, Boston MA
  • Sara Vann - Human Rights Without Frontiers, Brussels, Belgium
  • Zach Zimmerman - U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Comm./Hearings Unit, Atlanta GA

Summer 2001 Grant recipients

  • Sarah Anderson - District Attorney’s Office, 18th District of Colorado, Englewood CO
  • Neal Cohen - Atlanta Legal Aid Society/Home Defense Program, Decatur GA
  • Leslie Cory - Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee, Knoxville TN
  • William Eisenman - ACLU of Georgia, Atlanta GA
  • Sarah Gerwig - California Appellate Project, San Francisco CA
  • Amy Mason - Georgia Legal Services/Elder Rights Protection Project, Atlanta GA (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Grant Recipient)
  • Ragi Patel - Fulton County Juvenile Court, Atlanta GA (Hunton & Williams Grant Recipient)
  • Melissa Reese - DeKalb County Public Defender, Decatur GA
  • Angela Riccetti - Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Atlanta GA (Robert Black Atwood Grant Recipient)
  • Joann Yoon - Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Atlanta GA (King & Spalding Grant Recipient)
  • Stacey Young - National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, Washington DC

Summer 2000 Grant recipients

  • Jessica Boar - Kids In Need of Dreams/Truancy Intervention Project, Atlanta GA (Hunton & Williams Grant Recipient)
  • Erin Englebrecht - Trustees for Alaska, Anchorage AK
  • Andrew Harris - Leonard Weinglass, Esq./public interest capital defense atty, New York NY
  • Jill Hollander - DeKalb County D.A.'s Office/Crimes Against Children Unit, Decatur GA
  • Marcus Keegan - U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission/ADR Unit , Atlanta GA (King & Spalding Grant Recipient)
  • Matthew McArthur - American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, Atlanta GA
  • Kavita Patel - Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Atlanta GA (Stahl Grant Recipient)
  • David Paul - U.S. Attorney's Office/Criminal Division, Atlanta GA (Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue Grant Recipient)
  • Christian Ricciardiello - Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, Denver CO
  • Matthew Skolnik - U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission/ADR Unit, Atlanta GA
  • Shalini Somayaji - Raksha, Atlanta GA (Robert Black Atwood Grant Recipient)
  • Chad Wilson - Turner Environmental Law Clinic, Atlanta GA

Summer 1999 Grant Recipients

  • Maria Fadlelmula - American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrants’ Rights Project, San Francisco CA
  • Marny Heit - DeKalb County Public Defender's Office, Decatur GA (King & Spalding Grant Recipient)
  • Deepa Isac - Monroe County Public Defender's Office, Rochester NY
  • Cindy Joffe - Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Atlanta GA (Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue Grant Recipient)
  • Arathi Murthi - Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston MA (Robert Black Atwood Grant Recipient)
  • Melissa A. Stewart - DeKalb County Public Defender's Office, Decatur GA (Littler Mendelson Grant Recipient)
  • Darlene R. Wong - Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, Berkeley CA

Summer 1998 Grant Recipients

  • Fiona Brett - Kids in Need of Dreams, Atlanta GA
  • Selene Dalton-Kumins - Georgia Advocacy Office, Atlanta GA
  • Angie Elleman - Georgia Resource Center, Atlanta GA
  • Gwen Holinka - Lawyer’s Committee for Human Rights, Washington DC
  • Marcus Meeks - Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington, Washington DC
  • Samantha Rein - Street Law, Inc., Washington DC
  • Ruth Rocker - Georgia Advocacy Office, Atlanta GA
  • Diana Sen - Atlanta Legal Aid Society/Hispanic Outreach Program, Decatur GA

Summer 1997 Grant Recipients

  • Christina Adams - International Women’s House, Decatur GA
  • Nancy Anderson - Georgia Justice Project, Atlanta GA
  • Andrej Bajuk - Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, Washington DC
  • Jonathan Borg - Lansner & Kubitschek, New York NY
  • Greg Marshall - Multicounty Public Defender, Atlanta GA
  • Melinda Renshaw - U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington DC
  • Vera Siguel - Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Atlanta GA
  • Elisa Smith - GA Legal Services/Parent Empowerment Project, Atlanta GA

Summer 1996 Grant Recipients

  • Lynn Friedewald - Multicounty Public Defender, Atlanta GA
  • Tammi Jelovchan - U.S. Attorney, Weed and Seed Program, Winston-Salem NC
  • Tara Kneller - Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York, Poughkeepsie NY
  • Rachel Milet - UN High Commissioner’s Office, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Evelyn Dodt - Women’s Resource Center, Decatur GA
  • Salim Ladah - ACLU, Human Rights Division, Los Angeles CA

Summer 1995 Grant Recipients

  • Robyn Goldenberg - Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Atlanta GA
  • Chris McKee - Georgia Justice Project, Atlanta GA
  • Jon Schwartz - National Wildlife Federation, Atlanta GA
  • Deirdre Stephens - Fulton County Juvenile Court, Atlanta GA

Summer 1994 Grant Recipients

  • Maurice Bennett - Johnson County Drug Action Coalition, Smithfield NC
  • Rebecca Christian - GA Legal Services, Mothers in Prison Project, Atlanta GA
  • Nina Lempert - Disability Law Center, Boston MA

Summer 1993 Grant Recipients

  • Carrie Baker - NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, New York NY
  • Hipolito Goico - Haitian Refugee Project, Miami FL
  • Jeff Wolff - Eastern Missouri Legal Services/AIDS Project, St. Louis MO

Summer 1992 Grant Recipients

  • Lisa Albright - Amnesty International, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dan Ashburn - Department of Justice, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Brenda Gingalewski - Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Syracuse NY
  • Matt Minelli - West Bergen Mental Health Center, Ridgewood NJ
  • John Salatti - The Settlement Institute, Atlanta GA
  • Michael Standish - Atlanta Legal Aid Society/AIDS Project, Atlanta GA

Summer 1991 Grant Recipients

  • George Dusenbury - National Wildlife Federation, Atlanta GA
  • Sharon Gibson - Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Berkeley CA
  • Marc Holladay - Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Southside Office, Atlanta GA
  • Ken Ramsey- Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Atlanta GA
  • John Spitz - Nassau County Community Services Agency, Hempstead NY
  • Helen Stewart - Alameda County Public Defender, Oakland CA

Summer 1990 Grant Recipients

  • Andrew Berg - Juvenile Court of DeKalb County, Decatur GA
  • John Butin - Prison Fellowship Ministries, Washington DC
  • Lisa D’Agostino - Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta GA
  • Alistair Deakin - Atlanta Legal Aid Society (housing), Atlanta GA
  • Michelle Ledina - Office of Collective Bargaining, New York NY
  • Tracey Lombino - Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, New York NY
  • Kim Myers - Georgia Legal Services (state foster care system), Atlanta GA
  • Dan Rader - Atlanta Municipal Court, Atlanta GA
  • Scott Sanders - Fresno County Public Defender’s Office, Fresno CA
  • Rachelle Strausner - Douglas County District Attorney, Douglasville GA (develop victim/witness assistance program)
  • Tim Whitehouse - CT Attorney General/Public Safety Department, Hartford CT

Summer 1989 Grant Recipients

  • Donna Cantor - Fulton County Superior Court, Atlanta GA (created Guardian ad Litem program)
  • Andrea Moletter - Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Brooklyn NY
  • Debra Palay - Atlanta Legal Aid (work with homeless)
  • Debra Sullivan - DeKalb Women’s Resource Center, Decatur GA
  • Elizabeth Swinton - ACLU, National Legislative Office, Washington DC

SUMMER 2017 GRANT SPONSORS

Frank & Joan Alexander
Anonymous
Paul S. Davis Endowed Fund
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Goico & Bolet in honor of Howard O. Hunter
Laura S. Huffman
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Teresa & Joseph Roseborough
Robert & Lillian Schapiro
Debbie Segal & Randy Cadenhead
H.A. Stephens Public Interest Endowment Fund

PLATINUM

Bondurant Mixson & Elmore
The Coca Cola Company
Paul Murphy

GOLD

Honorable Dorothy Toth Beasley in memory of her father, Judge Stephen Toth and in honor of Emory Law Centennial
Benjamin J. Chapman
Mary Carole Cooney
Ruth Fawley Charitable Foundation
Teri Plummer McClure
Mary Margaret Oliver
Paul, Weiss, Rifking, Wharton & Garrison
Michael J. Perry & Sarah A. O’Leary
Polly J. Price
Julie & Jeff Seaman
Anand Sithian
Johan D. van der Vyver
David A. Zimmerman

SILVER

Silas Allard
Better Georgia Fund
Paul & Sara Davenport Cadenhead
Lynn Tucker Chandler
Niji Jaln
Elisa & Thad Kodish
Jenny Mittelman & Bill Thompson
Verla Seetin Neslund
Megan Ross Pulsts
Mary F. Radford
Claudia S. Saari
Margaret & Derek Scott
Nancy & Ben Shapiro
Rita A. Sheffey
Southern Center for Human Rights
Jim Winestock
Marlene & Paul Zwier

BRONZE

Thomas C. Arthur
Jeffrey & Gaylen Baxter
Daniel Bloom & Barry Golivesky
Carolyn Bregman
John Chandler & Beth Tanis
Harold T. Daniel, Jr.
Haley A. Schwartz & Erin K. Feist
Christopher Patrick Ford
Paula Frederick
Joann Yoon Kang
Stephen T. LaBriola
Charles T. Lester Jr.
Sue McAvoy
Bruce Maloy
Jennifer Mathews
Merriam Mikhail
Spencer F. Preis
Melinda Renshaw
Teresa Lynn Reuter
JoAnna Smith
Timothy P. Terrell
Briggs & Jessica Tobin
Honorable Melvin K. & Sally Westmoreland

Epic Conference 2017

About EPIC:

EPIC was formed in 1989 by students committed to making public interest jobs accessible to Emory students. EPIC has successfully undertaken a major fundraising effort that has provided summer grants for students who accept volunteer positions or clerkships in public interest organizations.

EPIC has the benefit of Emory Law alumni who are dedicated to public service and serve on EPIC’s Advisory Board. These attorneys work in legal aid, nonprofits, the public defender’s office, and law firms throughout Atlanta.

About the conference:

The Emory Public Interest Committee is pleased to announce our EPIC 2017 Conference, on October 7th, from 9:00am - 2:45pm. 

Entitled Lockdown: the Private Prison Industry and the Public, the conference will feature panels and talks designed to spark conversation on the private prison industry and its impact. We’re excited to hear from Emory Law Professor Fred Smith, during his keynote speech.

Lockdown: the Private Prison Industry and the Public is a CLE certified conference. Dress is business casual. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be served throughout the day. We look forward to seeing you!

Conference Program »

EPIC Conference 2017 will be held in Tull Auditorium, located in Gambrell Hall at the Emory School of Law.

Our address is:
Emory University School of Law
Gambrell Hall
1301 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322-2770

Emory University has several parking lots and decks on campus with designated visitor parking areas. The visitor parking area nearest the law school is the Lowergate parking deck, where there is a fee for parking. The parking costs are:

0–30 minutes: Free

30 minutes–1 hour: $4

1–2 hours: $5

2–3 hours: $6

3–4 hours: $7

4–7 hours: $8

7–24 hours: $12

Lost Ticket Fee: $25

Private Prisons and the Public Interest in Practice

Moderator: Seth Church, Criminal Law Practice Society                

Seth Church is a third-year student here at Emory Law. Originally from the small town of Cave City, Kentucky, he attended Western Kentucky University for his undergraduate degree before making it here to Atlanta. His interest areas include Administrative Law and the regulatory process, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Civil Rights Law, and appellate litigation generally. During his 1L summer, he worked for the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. During his 2L summer, he was a Summer Legal Intern (SLIP) for the Northeast Regional Office of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. This fall, he is an extern for the Honorable P. Harris Hines, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. After graduation, he will be clerking for the Honorable Charles R. Simpson III in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. 

Chris Joyner, Atlanta Journal Constitution Watchdog Blog Reporter

Chris Joyner began his newspaper career in 1996 at The Times-Georgian in Carrollton, Ga., and has worked at newspapers in Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi. Prior to coming to the AJC, Joyner was an investigative and enterprise reporter for The Chattanooga Times Free Press and The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. He was Mississippi correspondent for USA TODAY and a special assignment reporter for Gannett Content One. He covered Hurricane Katrina from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Deep Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. More recently as an investigative journalist at the AJC, Chris has written articles about the exploitation of prison inmates and their families for profit..

Courtney O’Donnell, Georgia Federal Defender’s Office

Courtney O’Donnell is a Staff Attorney at the Federal Defender’s office. Prior to her current position, O’Donnell was an Assistant Public Defender at the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, and before that worked at the International Criminal Court in The Hague for 6 months. Courtney graduated from Georgia Tech in May 2010 with a Master’s degree in International Affairs. At the same time, Courtney graduated from Emory University School of Law with a Juris Doctor and a Graduate Certificate in Human Rights. During graduate school, Courtney focused on international human rights, gender-based violence issues, and indigent criminal defense. She did summer internships at the Global Justice Center in New York and at the Sexual and Gender-based Violence Crimes Unit within the Ministry of Justice in Monrovia, Liberia. She also interned at the Federal Defender’s Office and the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office. Before graduate school, Courtney worked as an English teacher in Bangkok, Thailand and as an immigration law paralegal in Atlanta. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Emory University in 2003. While in college, Courtney studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland and did internships at Amnesty International and The Carter Center.

Mario Williams, Civil Rights Attorney

Mario Bernard Williams, partner at Williams Oinonen LLC, primarily works in the areas of Plaintiff’s wrongful death, civil rights, police misconduct, employment and business litigation. Mr. Williams also has a joint venture with Nexus Caridades Inc. where he heads their civil rights division. In addition to his legal work, Mr. Williams’ political clients include federal, state, and local elected officials throughout Although Mr. Williams predominantly represents injured civil rights plaintiffs in police misconduct and police department corruption cases, Mr. Williams and the law firm of Williams Oinonen LLC are also proud to have represented police officers and law enforcement as clients throughout the state of Georgia in various legal matters. Mario Williams has an extensive understanding of police matters throughout Georgia and thus is able to effectively advocate justice for his clients on either side of the blue line. Additionally, Mr. Williams is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy. Mr. Williams has spent his life devoted to human rights work. He is a fellow at the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution at Emory University School of Law, in the area of human rights. Prior to his work at the law firm of Williams Oinonen LLC, Mr. Williams served in the Peace Corps in Honduras and worked for years in Santiago, Chile for a variety of international human rights NGO’s working together with the Chilean government to find cooperative resolutions for major issues that affected poor people. Mr. Williams’ international human rights work includes co-authoring one of the first human right class actions ever presented in Chile. Moreover, Mr. Williams has submitted international human rights petitions to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on issues related to indigenous rights and affordable housing in South America, as well as a successful international petition on behalf of poor people in Atlanta, Georgia regarding access to healthcare.

Alexander Volokh, Associate Professor of Law, Expert on the Law and Economics of Privatization

Professor Volokh is an associate professor at Emory University School of Law. Before coming to Emory, he taught at Georgetown University Law Center and University of Houston Law Center. Before that, he clerked for (now-Chief) Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit and Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Samuel Alito. An economist by training, Professor Volokh has written numerous articles and commentaries on law and economics, privatization, antitrust, prisons, constitutional law, regulation, torts, and legal history.

Fred Smith, Associate Professor of Law

Fred Smith, Jr. is an associate professor at Emory University School of Law. Fred is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where he was a member of the Supreme Court Litigation, was a finalist in the annual Kirkwood Moot Court Competition, as well as the American Constitution Society’s National Moot Court Competition, served as President of the Black Law Students Association, and served as Articles Editor for the Stanford Law and Policy Review. Fred has clerked for Judge Myron Thompson of the Middle District of Alabama; Judge Barrington D. Parker, Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Supreme Court. He is a scholar of the federal judiciary and constitutional law. His research focuses on representative democracy and state sovereignty in the American political system.

Presentation on Private Probation

Speaker: Sara Totonchi, SCHR

Sara Totonchi is the Executive Director of the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR), a nonprofit law firm that provides legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenges human rights violations in prisons and jails, litigates to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocates for criminal justice system reforms on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States. Sara joined SCHR in 2001 as the Public Policy Director and became the organization’s Executive Director in 2010. For more than a decade, she represented SCHR on a full range of criminal justice and public safety issues at the Georgia General Assembly. Sara led coalition efforts and legislative advocacy to establish Georgia’s statewide public defender system and enact criminal justice reforms, specializing in building partnerships with unlikely allies such as law enforcement, survivors of crime, and conservative elected officials. As Executive Director, Sara leads SCHR in carrying out its mission to dramatically transform the criminal justice system. 

Impact of Privatized Detention Centers on the Immigrant Community Panel

Moderator: Christina Zeidan, 3L, Immigration and Refugee Assistance Project, International Law Practice Society

Christina Zeidan is a 3L at Emory Law. She grew up in Tennessee and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Anthropology from the University of Kentucky. Currently, she holds the position of Vice President for Emory’s Immigration Law Practice Society and is a Notes and Comments Editor for the Emory Law Journal. This semester, she is also externing at the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN). Formerly, she was President of Emory’s International Refugee Assistance Project and Co-Conference Chair of EPIC’s 2016 Conference, Justice for All? How the Law Handles Civil Disobedience. Immigration law is her passion, and she is dedicated to building a career serving the public interest.

Azadeh Shahshahani, Project South

Azadeh Shahshahani has worked for a number of years in the Southeast to protect the human rights of immigrants and Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities. She previously served as National Security/Immigrants’ Rights Project Director with the ACLU of Georgia. Azadeh is a past president of the National Lawyers Guild. Through the NLG, Azadeh has participated in international delegations, including to post-revolutionary Tunisia and Egypt, a delegation focused on the situation of Palestinian political prisoners, and election monitoring delegations to Venezuela and Honduras. She has also served as a member of the jury in people’s tribunals on Mexico, the Philippines, and Brazil. Azadeh also serves as Chair of Georgia Detention Watch, Co-chair of the US Human Rights Network Working Group on National Security, and on the Advisory Council of the American Association of Jurists. She is the author or editor of several human rights reports, including a 2017 report titled “Imprisoned Justice: Inside Two Georgia Immigrant Detention Centers” as well as law review articles and book chapters focused on racial profiling, immigrants’ rights, and surveillance of Muslim-Americans. Her work has also appeared in the Guardian, the Nation, MSNBC, Aljazeera, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the Huffington Post, among others. Azadeh received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School where she was Article Editor for The Michigan Journal of International Law. She also has a Master’s in Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan. Azadeh is the recipient of the 2016 Georgia WAND Peace and Justice Award, American Immigration Lawyers Association 2012 Advocacy Award, and the University of Georgia Law School 2009 Equal Justice Foundation Public Interest Practitioner Award. She has been recognized as one of 100 Influential Georgia Muslims and as an attorney who is “On the Rise” by the Fulton County Daily Report.  In 2016, Azadeh was chosen by the Mundo Hispanico Newspaper as an Outstanding Person of the Year for her activism on behalf of the Latino community and defending the rights of immigrants in Georgia.

Nora Benavidez, Private Practice

Nora Benavidez is a litigator who specializes in civil rights and criminal defense, from consultations through appeals. She has successfully won every criminal case and appeal she has taken on. From advocating for clients facing misdemeanor or felony charges to defending against constitutional violations that individuals may face, Nora Benavidez is a tireless and zealous believer in equal rights for all and she has developed a practice to help provide broader access to justice for her clients. Recently, Nora worked with the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, where she managed the office’s constitutional litigation and legal caseload. While at the ACLU, she also supported the office's legislative advocacy program, working with partner coalitions, organizations and elected officials on issues related to the ACLU civil rights and liberties agenda, such as criminal justice reform, voting rights, reproductive freedom, juvenile justice in schools, and privacy/freedom of speech rights. Nora has also worked with the Georgia Office of the Attorney General, where she helped prosecute white collar and public official crimes in the Special Prosecutions Unit. She investigated bankruptcy cases as a clerk with the Department of Justice’s Office of the U.S. Trustee.

Nora attended Emory University School of Law and was, upon graduation, committed to staying in Atlanta to serve the civil rights and criminal justice communities. While in law school, she studied constitutional litigation, criminal law and white collar crime, as well as international human rights law. Nora received the Dean's Public Service Award for her commitment to public interest and representation, as well as the Pro Bono Service Medal for her advocacy work throughout law school. Before moving to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Emory University School of Law, Nora attended New York University’s Gallatin School where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political theory and international development. She worked for several years in New York City, on international human rights issues as an intern with Human Rights First, as well as public engagement and education reform efforts with Public Agenda. Nora grew up in Los Angeles, California.

Anton Flores, Alterna Community

Anton Flores-Maisonet is the cofounder of Alterna, a Christian missional community based in Georgia and comprised of U.S. citizens and Latin American immigrants. In 2006, Flores-Maisonet left his tenure-track faculty position at a private college to follow a call to a life of solidarity with newcomers from Latin America, especially unauthorized and unwelcomed immigrants. Anton and his wife, Charlotte, have been married since 1994 and have two wonderful sons, Jairo and Eli. Anton is a past chair of the steering committee of Christian Peacemaker Teams. He has also served on the boards of directors of DOOR (a ministry of Mennonite Mission Network) and Jubilee Partners and has taught courses at the Central America Study and Service program (CASAS) of the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary (SEMILLA) in Guatemala.

Natalie Lyons, SPLC

Natalie Lyons received her law degree from the Golden Gate University School of Law and currently serves as a staff attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC is a nonprofit civil rights organization that combats hate and intolerance, and fights for the rights of the most vulnerable in our society. As an attorney for the SPLC, Natalie served on the trial team for Braggs v. Dunn, a class action lawsuit against the Alabama prison system for the failure to provide adequate medical and mental health care to prisoners and the trial team for J.W., et al. v. Birmingham Board of Education, et al. challenging the use of pepper spray against kids in the Birmingham City Schools. She also served on the team advocating for Ashley Diamond, a transgender woman formerly housed in the Georgia Department of Corrections

Political & Economic Determinants of the American States' Reliance on Private Prisons

Presented by: Anna Gunderson, Doctoral Candidate in Political Science, Emory University

Anna Gunderson is a fourth-year Ph.D. student studying political science at Emory University. Her dissertation concerns the development of private prisons in the American states over the last few decades and probes how various actors and institutions, including voters, state government officials, private prison companies, and prisoners themselves, contributed to the rise of privatized correctional institutions. She next hopes to branch out her research to examine federal use of private prisons. In addition to this topic, Anna is currently working on projects analyzing state corrections spending, city and state adoptions of Ban the Box initiatives, and fatal police shootings. Her work aims to explore carceral governance at all levels and how various political institutions interact to produce various punitive outcomes.

Privatization of Prison Healthcare Providers

Moderator: Creighton McMurray, 3L at Emory Law, Health Law Practice Society

Creighton McMurray is a third-year law student here at Emory and is the former President of Health Law Practice Society. He has a Master's degree in Medical Ethics. Academically, he examines how the structure of business entities and the utilization of technology influences access to care and medicines. He is also a Certified Sommelier. 

Danny Robbins, Investigative Reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Danny Robbins attended the University of Texas at Austin and previously served as a writer for the Associated Press for five years. Robbins is currently an investigative reporter at the AJC, writing extensively about mistreatment of prisoners and their access to and quality of healthcare within the US prison system.

Brad Gardner, Georgia Capital Defender

Brad Gardner is a Senior Staff Attorney for the Georgia Capital Defender, a Division of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council. Following his time at Emory Law, Brad joined the law office of Dwight Thomas where he tried criminal cases throughout the State of Georgia and in federal court, acting as lead or co-counsel in over twenty death penalty cases. Before returning to the Capital Defender Office in 2010, he managed his own law office while serving as an Associate Magistrate Court Judge in Clayton County, Georgia. 

Latrice Latin, Latin Law Group

Latrice Latin received a B.A. from Georgia State University and a J.D. from Walter F. G. School of Law at Mercer University. She began her legal career serving the community as a Public Defender in Fulton County and entered into private practice as a litigation associate litigating matters in numerous Superior and State courtrooms across the Metro Atlanta area. Attorney Latin has argued before every presiding bankruptcy judge in the Northern District. Ms. Latin later became the first attorney confirmation supervisor at one of the largest bankruptcy filing firms in the Metro Atlanta area. She is currently focused on upholding debtor’s and consumers rights. Ms. Latin had recently expanded her practice to include immigration, small business representation, and personal injury. In addition, she is actively fighting credit card companies and debt collection agencies under the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act and the Fair Debt Collection Act.

Kem Kimbrough, 00L and Former Sheriff of Clayton County

Kem Kimbrough is a graduate of Emory Law, the Former Sheriff of Clayton County, an Adjunct Professor at Clayton State University, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH). The SCHFH helps low income families find opportunity, achieve stability, and improve their futures. They accomplish these goals through homeowner education which includes financial literacy and by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive, affordable homes and to repair existing homes.

Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship

Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship

Emory Law is pleased to administer the Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship Program. This program is generously funded by the Justice John Paul Stevens Foundation »

Stevens Fellowships provide financial assistance to students who will spend their summer volunteering at a public interest organization. First- and second-year students who have secured a full-time (40 hours/wk for 10 weeks) volunteer summer law position with a public interest organization may qualify.

Qualifying employer organizations include legal services agencies and government offices (judicial externships do not qualify). Private sector "public interest" law firms will also be considered as qualifying employers as long as the position is unpaid and the firm provides a letter or other descriptive material that supports their "public interest" status.

All applicants submit a letter from their employer confirming their summer position. The essay portion of the application should describe the applicant's commitment to public interest law.

  • 2017 Fellows: Carly Rabner 19L; Brandon Scheck 19L
  • 2016 Fellows: Morgan Bridgman 18L; Amanda Quiles 17L
  • 2015 Fellows: Kaitlyn Barnes 17L; Amelia Todd 16L
  • 2014 Fellows: Rachel Berman 15L; Caitlyn Wade 15L
  • 2013 Fellows: Rebecca J. Hallum 14L; Margaret L. Riley 14L
  • 2012 Fellows: Ruth W. Dawon 12L 12MPH; Jamie C. Schickler 13L