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Two from Penn Law Awarded Skadden Fellowships

December 09, 2010
Sheerine Alemzadeh L’11
Amy Laura Cahn L’09

University of Pennsylvania Law School student Sheerine Alemzadeh L’11 and alumnae Amy Laura Cahn L’09 have been awarded Skadden Fellowships to support their work in public service. The prestigious fellowship was awarded to 29 law students and recent graduates around the country.

Alemzadeh will work with Working Hands Legal Clinic in Chicago to provide direct representation and community legal education for immigrant women facing sexual harassment in the city’s temporary staffing industry. She is currently a Penn Law public interest scholar.

Cahn will work with the Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia to provide comprehensive legal assistance, including direct representation, transactional and negotiation support, to Philadelphians in under-served and low-income communities using urban farming to encourage economic independence, create food sources and reclaim neighborhoods from urban blight. She is a former Penn Law public interest scholar.

Described as a legal Peace Corps by The Los Angeles Times, the Skadden Fellowship program was established by the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom 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 the poor, the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, and those deprived of their civil rights.

Fellowships are awarded for two years. Skadden provides each fellow with a salary and pays all fringe benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring organization would be entitled. To apply, students create their own projects at public interest organizations with at least two lawyers on staff.

Since its founding, the Skadden Fellowship program has funded 620 law school graduates and judicial clerks to work full-time for legal and advocacy organizations. Almost 90 percent of the fellows have remained in public interest or public sector work.

For more information on the Skadden Fellowships, visit the Skadden Fellowship Foundation’s website.