Fordham Law

Fordham Law Students Win Prestigious Public Interest Fellowships

December 15, 2009

Elizabeth Joynes '10 and Daniel Hafetz '10 have been awarded Skadden Fellowships for 2010 – 2012. Fellows, selected by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, pursue important post-graduate public interest work.

Joynes will join LatinoJustice PRLDEF (Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund) in Manhattan. She will be involved in direct representation and litigation on behalf of low-wage Latina immigrant workers—women who face exploitative labor conditions and who lack legal services that help them assert their workplace rights.

"LatinoJustice PRLDEF is a wonderful organization, and the staff there will gain an outstanding advocate in Elizabeth Joynes," said Professor Jennifer Gordon. "Elizabeth is tremendously dedicated to defending the rights of immigrants, and I look forward to seeing her project develop over the coming years."

Hafetz will work with Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A.  He will be involved in green community economic development projects in the Cypress Hills section of East New York, providing comprehensive transactional legal assistance to non-profit, community-based organizations.

"Dan's interest in and dedication to public service work is tremendous, so it's very fitting that he has been awarded such an important fellowship," said Robin Lenhardt, Professor of Law and former Skadden Fellow. "I look forward to following his future accomplishments with Brooklyn A and beyond."

Skadden provides each Fellow with a salary and pays all fringe benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring organization would be entitled. The foundation was established in 1988 in recognition of the need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to underserved and underrepresented communities. Since the program's inception, almost 90% of the Fellows have remained in public interest or public sector work.

In addition to Lenhardt, three other members of Fordham Law's faculty were Skadden Fellows: Elizabeth Cooper, Dora Galacatos, and Catherine Powell.

Legal blog Above the Law listed Fordham--along with Yale, Berkeley, and Stanford--as one of the four law schools with the most Skadden Fellows selected this year.


Contact: Stephen Eichinger