Fordham Law

Fordham Law Student Receives Public Interest Fellowship

May 01, 2009

Caroline Hsu '09 was recently selected as the recipient of a 2009 Equal Justice Works Fellowship. The two-year fellowship will provide a salary, generous loan repayment assistance, and a national training and leadership development program for her work with the Prisoner's Rights Project of the Legal Aid Society in New York.

"Caroline's commitment to public interest legal work is inspiring," said Tom Schoenherr, assistant dean of Fordham Law's Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC). "This fellowship allows her to begin her legal career doing the work she dreamed of doing when she decided to come to Fordham. We are very proud of her achievements and know that her dedication and drive will make her a tremendous advocate for all of her clients."

Hsu's project will advocate for prisoners with disabilities to increase their access to educational, vocational, and pre-release prison programs and services that they need to successfully reenter society. Hsu hopes to encourage prison officials and disability advocates that meaningful reentry must begin during incarceration.

"I am honored to receive this fellowship and excited to continue working for prisoners' rights," said Hsu. "I came to Fordham Law because I wanted to work with prison-involved populations, and I am graduating with very effective tools to change our criminal justice and incarceration policies."

The fellowship program was launched in 1992 to address the shortage of attorneys working on behalf of traditionally under-served populations and causes in the United States and its territories. Recognizing that many obstacles prevent committed attorneys from practicing public interest law, including the dearth of entry-level jobs and daunting educational debts, the program provides financial and technical support to lawyers working on innovative and effective legal projects.

In 2008, Equal Justice Works presented Hsu with its annual award for outstanding contribution to the field of public interest law.

Contact: Stephen Eichinger