Current H. Stewart Dunn, Jr. Civil Liberties Fellows
Kristin Bergman, Class of 2014 – Berkman Center for Internet and Society (Cambridge, MA)
Kristin will assist the Berkman Center’s Citizen Media Law Project and Online Media Legal Network. The Citizen Media Law Project facilitates citizen participation in online media and protects the legal rights of those engaged in speech on the Internet. The Online Media Legal Network is a pro bono initiative that connects lawyers and law school clinics with online journalists and digital media creators who need legal help, including with First Amendment matters.
As an undergraduate at Brown University, Kristin earned honors in English. She has served as treasurer of William & Mary’s Human Security Law Center Student Division, workshop instructor for Constitutional Conversations, program co-chair for the Institute of Bill of Rights Law Student Division, and member of the community service committee of the George Wythe Society.
Amanda Fickett, Class of 2014 – American Civil Liberties Union of Maine (Portland, Maine)
Among the matters on which Amanda anticipates working are (i) a collaboration with Mainers United for Marriage to secure marriage rights for gays and lesbians; (ii) a challenge to legislation that ended MaineCare health benefits for immigrants who have not obtained permanent residency and imposed a 5-year waiting period for immigrants who have secured permanent residency; and (iii) a report on significant reforms achieved by the ACLU to reduce use of solitary confinement in Maine’s prisons.
Amanda earned a degree in philosophy, summa cum laude, from the University of Southern Maine. As an undergraduate, she delivered four papers at conferences focusing on women’s rights and bioethics. Amanda’s activities at William & Mary include the George Wythe Society and the Women’s Law Society. She has held leadership roles in arts- and labor relations-related community advocacy campaigns in Maine.
Lauren Rea, Class of 2013 – American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (Atlanta, GA)
Prisoner rights, LGBT rights, and capital punishment are the areas in which Lauren plans to assist this summer. She will research and draft pre-litigation memoranda, memoranda for prisoner cases, and materials in preparation for the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly.
Lauren is involved with William & Mary’s Innocence Project. She interned during Summer 2011 with the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia. A public policy and English major at Wheaton College, Lauren achieved departmental honors, chaired her class gift committee, and earned an A+ for her honors thesis.
Shanna Reulbach, Class of 2013 – Brennan Center for Justice (New York, NY)
The Center’s Democracy Program improves citizen participation in government by focusing on systems that discourage voting, hinder competition, and promote special interests. Shanna anticipates assisting the Democracy Program through projects involving voter registration reform, felony disenfranchisement laws, electoral redistricting, campaign finance reform, and fair, impartial courts.
Shanna’s internship with the Brennan Center builds on her prior positions with the Virginia State Board of Elections, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the ACLU’s branch in Rochester, New York. She is a member of Law Review, an Election Law Fellow, and a board member of the Public Service Fund. Shanna is active in the Election Law Society and the Institute of Bill of Rights Law Student Division. A Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of SUNY Geneseo, where she double majored in political science and history, Shanna was named the Outstanding Senior in both disciplines.
Elizabeth Smith, Class of 2014 – American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia (Richmond, VA)
Elizabeth will investigate, research, and evaluate requests for ACLU assistance. For matters that present significant, litigable civil liberties issues, Elizabeth will help prepare presentations for the legal panel. She also will assist with preparation for litigation and other means of resolution.
Elizabeth is a graduate research fellow at William & Mary. She graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a degree in psychology and worked as a social psychology research assistant. Elizabeth’s community service includes tutoring elementary and middle school students and volunteering for the American Red Cross.