Stanford Law Students and Alumni Receive Postgraduate Fellowships

Stanford Law School recently announced the awarding of postgraduate fellowships in the fields of public interest, criminal justice, and international law. The Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law offers postgraduate fellowships so that graduates can work full-time for a year in a law-related endeavor designed to further the public interest.

In addition to the 10 SLS fellowships awarded through Levin Center, six outside fellowships were granted to graduating students and recent SLS alumni.

  • Kevin Chand, LLM ’17, will provide legal and policy support related to climate change and oceans to small island developing state missions to the UN.
  • Laura Douglas, JD ’17, Civitas Fellow, will provide holistic representation for clients with addiction at the Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland, OR. She will work on the unmet needs of this community, both within the office and in the wider area, to create better understanding of addiction as a mental illness.
  • Jessica Dragonetti, JD ‘15, will work at Nashville Defenders to represent low-income Nashville, TN citizens facing misdemeanor and felony charges and work to address the collateral consequences of criminal justice system involvement through record expungement, restoration of driving privileges, and organizing.
  • Farbod Faraji, JD ’15, Gibbons Fellow, will litigate impact cases on a broad range of issues, potentially including national security, criminal justice, and immigrants’ rights.
  • Lydia Gray, JD ‘15, will work with the ACLU of Southern California to improve pretrial detention practices in Los Angeles County and California.
  • Annick-Marie Jordan, JD ’17, Criminal Defense Fellow, will provide comprehensive legal advocacy to indigent sex offender registrants through representation, registration compliance, mitigation of collateral consequences, and strategic litigation at the Orleans Public Defender in New Orleans, LA.
  • Rina Kuusipalo, LLM ’17, will use international law to address environmental, social, and human rights concerns through litigating and advocating globally for disadvantaged communities threatened by environmental harm.
  • Katie McKeon, JD ’17, Sullivan and Cromwell Fellow, will be working with the Community Development team at Public Counsel. She will be focused on securing housing stability for Los Angeles’ most vulnerable communities, including the homeless population, as well as promoting sustainable economic growth within the city.
  • Malia McPherson, JD ’16, will work with the new Community Lawyering and Civil Rights Enforcement Unit of the Oakland City Attorney’s Office to expand its enforcement and policy initiatives into areas of environmental justice and public health.
  • Ana Cristina Nuñez, JSD ’17, will be conducting field and desk research on human rights developments in the Americas to document and expose government abuses, including attacks on freedom of expression, measures to undermine judicial independence, laws that limit the work of human rights defenders, and arbitrary arrests of anti-government protesters.
  • Aaron Stanton, JD ’16, as a fellow at Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP, will work on issues related to government, land use, renewable energy, and environmental law.  He will represent clients including public agencies, non-profits, tribes, and community groups.
  • Deena Tumeh, JD ’17, will be working in Los Angeles at Public Counsel’s impact litigation unit, Opportunity Under Law.
  • Lilah Hume Wolf, JD/MBA ‘16, will work at the San Francisco Public Defender, advocating for clients through traditional public defense and supporting new programs for undocumented immigrants and other indigent community members affected by and impacts due to San Francisco’s “sanctuary” status.
  • Tiffany Yang, JD ‘17, Skadden Fellow, will work with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs in Washington, D.C. where she will provide direct representation and impact litigation to dismantle barriers to housing and employment of low-income persons upon re-entry to the greater D.C.-Baltimore area.
  • Stacy Young, JD ‘17, Equal Justice Works Fellow, will be working with Youth Law Center in San Francisco to improve the educational and life outcomes for youth involved with the justice system through direct legal services, community education, policy advocacy, and impact litigation.  
  • Emily Zhang, JD ‘17, Skadden Fellow, will work with the American Civil Liberties Union, Voting Rights Project in its national office, focusing on impact litigation and advocacy to expand access to the franchise for vulnerable populations by eliminating earlier registration deadlines for voters in Arizona and South Carolina.

All of the Stanford Law students who received postgraduate fellowships, in addition to students graduating with pro bono distinction, will be honored at the annual Public Interest Awards Reception in May 2017.