WASHINGTON – Five students at the Howard University School of Law have been selected for the prestigious Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship Program. These students, Kiana Stallworth, Corenza Jean, Nathaniel Williams, Jamieson Davids, Jamayne F. Potts and Mia Santiago, will spend their Summer working in public interest internships around the U.S.
The fellowship, funded in part by the John Paul Stevens Foundation and named for the former Supreme Court justice, is dedicated to promoting public interest and social justice values in the next generation of American lawyers. It provides grants allowing current law students to participate in unpaid Summer internships, reflecting Stevens’ deep belief that a dynamic and effective justice system depends on a cadre of trained and committed lawyers doing public interest work. Since 1997, the fellowship has supported 630 law students at 30 schools across the U.S.
Stallworth will work at the Brady Center in D.C., Williams will work at North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, Davids will work at the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office, Potts will work at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Virginia and Santiago will work at the Small Business Administration Office of General Council in D.C
“I am extremely happy to have been selected as the first Justice John Paul Stevens Fellow at the Brady Center. As a fellow, I am a litigation intern working with the Brady Legal Department on a variety of topics dealing with ending gun violence across the country,” Stallworth said. “I will be working with the legal staff with assistance with case organization, research and drafting a variety of legal documents. This summer, I look forward to working with Brady, learning more about how to use the legal system as a means of fighting a problem that has left so many individuals hurt and the work that Justice Stevens has spent his career fighting for.”
Justice Stevens was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Gerald Ford in 1975. Originally seen as a moderate on many issues, he consistently proved to be an independent thinker during his tenure. When he retired in 2010, he was the third longest-serving justice on the Supreme Court. He remained involved in the mission and work of his foundation until his death in 2019.
About Howard University
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.
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