Fordham Law

Venable LLP Announces $5000 Fellowship for First-Year Fordham Law Students

December 07, 2007

The Venable Foundation, created by the law firm partners of Venable LLP and Fordham Law School's Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC), announce the creation of the Venable Foundation Fellowship. The Fellowship will provide a $5000 stipend to a Fordham Law School student pursuing public interest legal work in the summer following his or her first year of school.

Eligible students are those intending to serve at a non-governmental organization; non-profit entity; or federal, state, or local government agency in one of the locations where Venable LLP maintains an office, including cities in California, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, New York, and their headquarters in Washington, D.C.

"Through the generous leadership of Fordham alumnus and Venable LLP Partner Matthew T. McLaughlin '94, the Venable Foundation has established a summer fellowship to support the public interest work of a Fordham 1L," said Assistant Dean of the PIRC Tom Schoenherr.  "This is a wonderful opportunity for Fordham’s first-year students and PIRC is happy to partner with the Venable firm."

Venable LLP is one of <i>The American Lawyer's</i> top 100 law firms, and has been recognized for its commitment to public service.

"The Venable Foundation Fellowship is designed to further the Venable Foundation's various goals, including providing support to the needy and underprivileged in our communities, bettering the lives of diverse groups and individuals in society, promoting the legal profession, and fostering the arts and culture," McLaughlin said.

"The recipient of the award will be chosen by a selection committee at Venable LLP on the basis of the recipient's academic performance, demonstrated qualities of leadership and commitment to the use of the law to further the public good," said Schoenherr. "He or she will also be invited to visit a Venable office during the summer of the fellowship."

Applications for this summer are now being accepted and should be submitted to the PIRC by close of business on Monday, January 7, 2008, to the PIRC at Fordham Law School or by email toPIRC Director of Student Organizations and Publicity Hillary Exter.

It is not a requirement that a student have accepted a position by January 7th in order to apply. 

The selected Venable Foundation Fellowship recipient will be notified by April 1, 2008.

For more information or to download an application, click here.

Founded more than a century ago, Venable LLP has lawyers practicing in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property and government affairs; and serves corporate, institutional, nonprofit and individual clients throughout the U.S. and around the world. For more info, visit: the Venable LLP website.

In support of Fordham Law's mission to educate attorneys to work "in the service of others," the Public Interest Resource Center oversees a broad range of student-initiated pro bono and community service activities as well as staff initiated career planning programs for Fordham Law students and alumni interested in careers in public service. Click here for more information.