Wayne Law students selected for Public Interest Law Fellowships

DETROIT - Six Wayne State University Law School students will gain experience and serve a variety of agencies this summer, thanks to the support of the 2020 Public Interest Law Fellowships.

The 2020 fellowship recipients and their organizations are:

  • Alexandra Choate of Milford, rising third-year student - Washtenaw County Public Defender Office
  • James Johnson of Detroit, rising third-year student - Center for Constitutional Rights (New York)
  • Abram Miller of Detroit, rising second-year student - Neighborhood Defender Services of Detroit
  • Allyson Putt of Hazel Park, rising third-year student - Neighborhood Defender Services of Detroit
  • Elizabeth Stapleton of Detroit, rising second-year student - State Appellate Defender Office
  • Veronica Walrad of Royal Oak, rising third-year student - Neighborhood Defender Services of Detroit

Given the current safety measures under COVID-19, all of the agencies have provided the opportunity for students to gain experience remotely. As circumstances keep evolving, they will also allow students to work onsite if it can be done safely.

Each student will volunteer 40 hours a week for ten weeks, collectively providing more than 2,000 hours of service to organizations serving the public and under-represented individuals.

Wayne Law created the fellowships in 2009 to give students opportunities to gain practical experience in public interest law before graduation, ease student financial stresses and offer much-needed assistance to organizations providing legal services to underserved constituencies. Fellowship recipients are selected each year by a committee of Wayne Law faculty members, staff and alumni.

PILF recipients
From top left: Alexandra Choate, James Johnson, Abram Miller
From bottom left: Allyson Putt, Elizabeth Stapleton, Veronica Walrad

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Contact: Mary Hiller

Phone: 313-577-4834

Email: maryhiller@wayne.edu


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