Record $801,000 in Grants Awarded to 167 Students Working in Public Interest This Summer | #College. | #Students


With help from a record $801,000 in grants, 167 University of Virginia School of Law students will work in public service roles this summer.

The Law School’s Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center awarded $761,000 in UVA Law Public Service Summer Grants to 136 first-year and 31 second-year students. The grant program was previously a partnership with the student-run Public Interest Law Association, but this year PILA shifted its fundraising efforts toward PILA+, a program offering additional money to grant recipients who will live in areas with high costs of living and receive little other financial assistance, other than the UVA Law grant. PILA raised $40,000 for the PILA+ program this past year, benefiting 37 students who received $700 each.

The UVA Law grants are funded by gifts from alumni and other donors. First-year students receive $4,000 and second-year students receive $7,000.

“We’ve set a new record for the Law School’s public service funding this year,” said Assistant Dean for Public Service Annie Kim ’99, director of the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center and Program in Law and Public Service. “With the Law School funding 100% of the baseline Public Service Summer grants and additional funding coming through PILA+ grants, UVA Law students now have more options than ever for pursuing public service and judicial internships.”

Grant recipients are required to apply and qualify for the funding by volunteering their time for pro bono work — 40 hours per grant. Grantees must also have secured a public service or judicial internship position and agree to work at least 320 for their summer employer(s). This year, students volunteered over 9,262 hours, an average of 55 per student grantee.

To be eligible for PILA+ funding, a student must first receive a Public Service Center grant.

“We are so thankful to the outgoing board for their leadership while we transitioned to the PILA+ grant program,” said PILA President Mary Merkel ’23, a Claire Corcoran Award recipient who will work at the Advocates for Children of New York this summer. “Because every dollar we raise through our fundraising now goes directly to a student working a public service internship, we are hopeful that the PILA+ grants will help enable more students to be able to pursue public interest work.”

Here’s a look at what four of the fellows have planned. (See full list of jobs and locations)

Scott Chamberlain

Scott Chamberlain ’23

Hometown: Canton, Massachusetts

College/education: Boston College, bachelor’s degree in history and sociology

Summer job: U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

What he’ll be doing: I will help senators and their staff prepare for nominations, oversight hearings and legislative hearings. Specifically, I will research nominees and pending legislation, and write briefs and questions for members of the Judiciary Committee in advance of hearings. 

Goals: I hope to gain a greater understanding of the legislative process and apply the research and writing skills I’ve learned in law school to the work I’ll be doing this summer. 

Ruby Cherian

Ruby Cherian ’23

Hometown: Sunnyvale, Texas

College/education: University of Texas, bachelor’s degrees in biology and government

Summer job: The Bronx Defenders 

What she’ll be doing: I will be working in the Civil Action Practice. The Bronx Defenders prides itself on a providing holistic defense, and CAP addresses the civil consequences that arise from a criminal conviction. 

Goals: I’m looking forward to learning more about the holistic model of defense and working with a team to address the totality of a client’s interaction with the legal system. I also look forward to learning more about economic justice through housing, employment and property forfeiture work. 

Sydney Merritt

Sydney Merritt ’24

Hometown: Miami

College/education: George Washington University, bachelor’s degree in public health and psychology; Johns Hopkins University, master’s degree in public health in health policy

Summer job: U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section

What she’ll be doing: I will be working directly with DOJ attorneys to support investigations on a variety of cutting-edge legal issues related to a range of economic crime enforcement priorities.

Goals: I hope to gain deeper insight into health care fraud investigations, as well as experience drafting litigation documents and analyzing policy proposals.

Taleena Nadkarni

Taleena Nadkarni ’24

Hometown: Naperville, Illinois

College/education: New York University, bachelor’s degree in journalism

Summer job: The Center for Reproductive Rights, New York

What she’ll be doing: I will be working on a variety of projects with the center’s State Policy & Advocacy Team, including monitoring, tracking and analyzing state legislation and policy developments related to reproductive rights. I will also help create policy and advocacy materials and conduct legal research.

Goals: I want to spend this summer protecting the fundamental rights of all people to make informed, personal decisions about their bodies and their health. My goal is to advance the center’s mission of expanding access to reproductive care, to learn more about what it takes to become an effective health advocate and to contribute what I can to the reproductive justice movement — particularly at the state and local level — in this critical moment.

Federal Government

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California Los Angeles
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, Civil Division Los Angeles
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, National Security & Crime Division Los Angeles
U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland (2) Greenbelt, Md.
U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts (2) Boston
U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Montana Billings, Mont.
U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Nebraska Omaha, Neb.
U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Nevada Las Vegas
U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Hampshire Concord, N.H.
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York New York
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (3) Philadelphia
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia (3) Alexandria, Va.
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida Tampa, Fla.
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Georgia Savannah, Ga.
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York (2) New York
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Virginia Charlottesville
U.S. Coast Guard Washington, D.C.
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Division of Enforcement New York
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of General Counsel Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Criminal Section (2) Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Federal Tort Claims Act Litigation Section Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Fraud Section Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, National Courts Section Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Foreign Litigation/Office of International Judicial Assistance Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section (2) Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section (2) Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Gang Section Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Torts Claims Act Section Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Justice, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Labor, New York Regional Solicitor’s Office New York
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (2) Washington, D.C.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency New York
U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Reform Washington, D.C.
U.S. National Labor Relations Board Detroit
U.S. Navy JAG Corps Washington, D.C.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (2) Washington, D.C.
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Washington, D.C.
U.S. Small Business Administration Washington, D.C.
U.S. Surface Transportation Board Washington, D.C.

Judicial

California Court of Appeals Los Angeles
Charlottesville Circuit Court Charlottesville
Contra Costa County Superior Court Martinez, Calif.
Court of Appeals of Virginia Charlottesville
Court of International Trade New York
Orange County Circuit Court Charlottesville
Pittsylvania County Circuit Court Chatham, Va.
Staunton Circuit Court Staunton, Va.
Superior Court of D.C. Washington, D.C.
Supreme Court of Colorado Denver
Supreme Court of Illinois Mount Vernon, Ill.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Louisville, Ky.
U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2) Washington, D.C.
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (8) Washington, D.C.
U.S. District Court, District of Maryland Greenbelt, Md.
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (3) New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2) Philadelphia
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (4) Richmond, Va.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio Cleveland
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California San Diego
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York White Plains, N.Y.
U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina Asheville, N.C.
U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma Oklahoma City
U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia Roanoke, Va.
Virginia Circuit Court, 16th Judicial Circuit Court Charlottesville

Legal Services/Nonprofit

ABA Center for Human Rights Washington, D.C.
Advocates for Children of New York New York
Air Alliance Houston
American Civil Liberties Union, Disability Rights Project San Francisco
Bay Area Legal Aid San Francisco
Center for Reproductive Rights New York
Central Virginia Legal Aid Society Charlottesville
Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center Denver
Community Justice, Inc. Madison, Wis.
disAbility Law Center (2) Richmond, Va.
EarthRights International Washington, D.C.
Education Law Center Newark, N.J.
Electronic Privacy Information Center Washington, D.C.
Environmental Defense Fund Washington, D.C.
Equal Rights Advocates (2) San Francisco
Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center El Paso, Texas
Lawyering Project New York
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Washington, D.C.
Legal Aid Justice Center Falls Church, Va.
Legal Aid Justice Center Charlottesville
Legal Services of Northern Virginia Fairfax, Va.
Maryland Legal Aid Bureau Baltimore
National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Project Washington, D.C.
New Civil Liberties Alliance Washington, D.C.
Ohio State Legal Services Association Columbus, Ohio
Rutherford Institute Charlottesville
San Diego County Public Defender San Diego
Second Look Project Washington, D.C.
Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center Charlottesville

Prosecution

Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office (2) Charlottesville
Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office Charlottesville
Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Philadelphia
Travis County District Attorney’s Office Austin, Texas

Public Defense

Alexandria Public Defender’s Office (2) Alexandria, Va.
Allegheny County Public Defender Pittsburgh
Bronx Defenders (3) New York
Brooklyn Defender Services (2) New York
Charlottesville-Albemarle Public Defender’s Office (2) Charlottesville
Clark County Public Defender Las Vegas
Contra Costa Public Defenders Martinez, Calif.
Fairfax County Public Defender’s Office Fairfax, Va.
Federal Defender, Western District of Texas, Capital Habeas Unit Austin, Texas
King County Department of Public Defense Seattle
Law Guardian Northwest Region Trenton, N.J.
Legal Aid Society New York
Legal Aid Society New York
Mecklenburg Public Defender’s Office (2) Charlotte, N.C.
New Hampshire Public Defender Keene, N.H.
Orleans Public Defenders New Orleans
Prince William County Public Defender’s Office Manassas, Va.
San Francisco Immigration Court San Francisco
Still She Rises Tulsa, Okla.
Travis County Public Defender’s Office Austin, Texas

State and Local Government

Alabama Office of the Attorney General Montgomery, Ala.
Alaska Department of Law Anchorage, Alaska
Albemarle County Attorney’s Office Charlottesville
Colorado Office of the Attorney General (2) Denver
Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection Honolulu
New Jersey Office of the Attorney General Newark, N.J.
San Francisco City Attorney’s Office San Francisco
Tennessee Office of the Attorney General Nashville, Tenn.
Virginia Office of the Attorney General Richmond, Va.
Virginia Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division Richmond, Va.

 



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