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Penn Law’s Chien, Krohn and Bochicchio awarded prestigious Skadden, Equal Justice Fellowships

December 19, 2011

Recent University of Pennsylvania Law School graduates Marsha Chien L’10 and Jesse Krohn L’11 and current Penn Law student Kristin Bochicchio L’12 are the recipients of national fellowships which will support their work in public service.

Marsha Chien and Jesse Krohn are among the Class of 2012 Skadden Fellows, which are awarded each year by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation “in recognition of the dire need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor (including the working poor), the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights,” according to the Foundation.

The 2012 Class of Skadden Fellows includes 28 graduating law students and judicial clerks from around the U.S., including Penn Law alumnae Chien and Krohn, who will be supported in creating their own projects at sponsoring public interest organizations.

In addition, Kristin Bochicchio has been named a 2012 Equal Justice Works Fellow, a two-year fellowship program wherein Fellows design “unique projects that serve and address a range of legal issues, including domestic violence, homelessness, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, juvenile justice, employment rights, health care, consumer fraud, and environmental justice,” according to the organization. Equal Justice Works matches Fellows and their sponsoring public interest organizations with funding to support their projects.

Marsha Chien L’10
Marsha Chien L’10
Marsha Chien L’10 will serve as a Skadden Fellow at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in San Francisco. Her project involves direct representation, community education and impact litigation for limited-English proficient (LEP) workers barred from equal employment opportunities.

Before law school, Chien was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala. In law school, she was a Penn Law Toll Public Interest Scholar and during law school worked with Friends of Farmworkers, California Rural Legal Assistance, Penn Law’s Transnational Clinic, and co-directed both the Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project and Employment Advocacy Project. She is currently clerking for the Hon. Marsha J. Pechman in the Western District of Washington.
Jesse Krohn
Jesse Krohn L’11
Jesse Krohn L’11 will serve as a Skadden Fellow at Philadelphia Legal Assistance. She will be providing direct representation to indigent teen parents on matters of child support and custody, protection from abuse, and access to public benefits, in order to enable them to reach their educational and professional goals. Krohn is a former Teach for America teacher in Philadelphia.

As a law student Krohn was a Penn Law Toll Public Interest Scholar and during law school she worked with the National Women’s Law Center, the Education Law Center, and the Penn Law Custody and Support Assistance Clinic pro bono project, where she supervised other students and began her relationship with the organization that will host her project. She is currently clerking for the Hon. Ellen L. Hollander in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Kristin Bochicchio L’12
Kristin Bochicchio L ‘12
Kristin Bochicchio L ‘12 will serve as the BP/ Arnold & Porter Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Tahirih Justice Center in Houston, Texas. She will be providing representation and outreach to African and Middle Eastern women and girls fleeing gender-based violence.

While in law school, she worked as co-director of Penn Law’s Students Against Gender-Based Exploitation pro bono project, represented an Iraqi refugee living in Jordan through the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, and received an International Summer Human Rights Fellowship to intern at the Gender Research & Advocacy Project of the Legal Assistance Centre in Namibia. A dual JD/MA student, Bochiccio is currently finishing a Masters in French law at Sciences Po (L’Institut d’études politiques) in Paris.


Among the Class of 2011 Skadden Fellows are Sheerine Alemzadeh L’11 and Amy Laura Cahn L’09, who are currently pursuing their Fellowship-supported public interest projects at the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, and the Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia, respectively.

Two Penn Law alumnae are currently completing the second year of their EJW Fellowships: Eliana Kaimowitz L’07 is working with the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation; and Charlotte Whitmore L’08 is working with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.

More information about the Skadden Fellowship and the Equal Justice Works Fellowship is available online.