William and Mary Law School

Law Students Receive VLF Public Service Internship Awards

William & Mary Law School students John Ambrose ’07, Lorraine Barrett ’08, Megan Clark ’08, Shalanda Franklin ’08, and Kia Scott '08 have been selected as 2006 recipients of Public Service Internship awards from the Virginia Law Foundation. These awards help support the summer work of law students at law-related public service jobs each summer.

Ambrose will be working with The Phoenix Project in Petersburg, Barrett with Rappahannock Legal Services in Fredericksburg, Clark with the Newport News Public Defender and the Virginia Legal Aid Society in Farmville, Franklin with the Community Mediation Center in Norfolk, and Scott with the Virginia Legal Aid Society in Lynchburg.

The Virginia Law Foundation was founded in 1974 as the charitable arm of Virginia’s legal profession, and provides grant support to law-related projects throughout the state. Since 1989, VLF's public service internship program has enabled more than 350 law students to work with public service employers in Virginia during their summer breaks. Though this summer work experience, students gain valuable insights into the challenges and rewards of pursuing a career in public service law.

VLF estimates that more than one third of the past recipients of Public Service Internships have pursued work in public service after graduation.

For more information about the Virginia Law Foundation, please visit their website at http://www.virginialawfoundation.org/.