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Penn Law Announces 2010 Public Interest Fellows

May 07, 2010
The University of Pennsylvania Law School is pleased to announce the 2010 recipients of its newly created postgraduate fellowships.
In the past two years, as part of its commitment to launching public interest careers, the Law School has created and funded three new postgraduate fellowships: the Toll Public Interest Center Philadelphia Fellowship, which supports a recent graduate who splits his or her time between serving clients at a public interest organization in Philadelphia and working with Penn Law students at the Center; the Langer, Grogan and Diver Fellowship in Social Justice, which supports a recent graduate representing low-income, underrepresented communities in the Philadelphia area; and the Penn Law Public Interest Fellowship, which supports a recent graduate launching a career at a national or international public interest organization. All three postgraduate fellowships are for one year.
In a rigorous selection process, finalists were selected and interviewed by an independent panel of legal practitioners from both the public and private sectors, but which did not include the donors, who serve in an advisory capacity to the Law School’s Toll Public Interest Center. The panel selected the following recipients of Penn Law's public interest fellowships for 2010:
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Elizabeth Leonard L’10 will serve as the inaugural Penn Law Public Interest Fellow, working with Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley, California to advocate for students with “print disabilities” who cannot effectively read print because of a visual, physical, developmental, or learning disability. Leonard’s project will include a comprehensive, multi-faceted strategy to secure equal access to educational materials for individuals with print disabilities who are enrolled at educational institutions throughout California. Leonard previously worked on disability rights issues with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.


Thumbnail image for Mira Baylson L'08Mira Baylson L’08 will serve as the inaugural Langer, Grogan and Diver Fellow in Social Justice, working with the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Her project will center on the implementation of the Project Dawn Court, a new alternative prostitution court which will bring together prosecution, defense and the judiciary in a collaborative effort to offer a holistic approach – including  social services, alternatives to trial, assistance in obtaining medical care, and access to civil legal services – to help indigent clients emerge from poverty. Baylson currently clerks for the Honorable Joseph E. Irenas, Senior District Judge for the District of New Jersey. She previously clerked for the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. As a student at Penn Law, Baylson participated in the Defender Clinic and the Prisoners’ Legal Education Project.
The recipient of the Toll Public Interest Center Philadelphia Fellowship will be announced at the end of the academic year.
Penn Law is proud of the accomplishments of its 2010 public interest fellows and enthusiastically supports the exceptional work they will do next year and throughout their careers. The Law School is also extremely grateful to the generous alumni who make the fellowships possible, and to the Toll Public Interest Center Advisory Board who devoted much time and attention to the selection of the fellows.