Summer Public Service Fellowships 2020

For Summer 2020, 99 William & Mary law students received public service fellowships totaling $172,650.  Students will assisted 85 organizations in 18 states, the District of Columbia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Kosovo, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Africa, and Switzerland.

Due to COVID-19, most or all students provided remote assistance. 

Vital donations from alumni, faculty, staff, students, employers interviewing on campus, and friends of the Law School made these results possible. So did the extremely hard work of the student Public Service Fund. Generous grants from the Virginia Law Foundation and the Virginia State Bar’s Criminal Law Section also provided meaningful support.

These organizations included:

Animal Welfare

Virginia Attorney General, Animal Law Unit (Richmond, VA)

Child Advocacy and Protection

Virginia Attorney General, Division of Child Support Enforcement (Virginia Beach, VA

Civil Legal Aid

Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia (Hampton, VA)
Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia (Williamsburg, VA)
Legal Aid Society of Nassau County (Hempstead, NY)
Legal Aid Works (Culpeper, VA)

Civil Liberties/Civil Rights

Mississippi Center for Justice (Jackson, MS)
Sexual Assault Legal Institute of Maryland (Silver Spring, MD)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties (Washington, DC) (2)
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit (Washington, DC)
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section (Washington, DC)                     

Consumer Protection

Virginia Attorney General, Division of Consumer Counsel (Richmond, VA)z

Disability Rights

Center for Public Representation (Northampton, MA)
disAbility Law Center of Virginia (Richmond, VA) (2)
Disability Rights Maryland (Baltimore, MD)


 U.S. Department of Education, Office of General Counsel (Washington, DC)


Chesapeake Bay Foundation (Annapolis, MD)
The Nature Conservancy (Arlington, VA)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement (Washington, DC)
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Enforcement (Richmond, VA)


Maryland Attorney General, Department of Health (Baltimore, MD)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of General Counsel (Washington, DC)


U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement (Arlington, VA)

Indigent Criminal Defense: Federal

Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Illinois (East St. Louis, IL)
Federal Public Defender, Western District of Missouri (Springfield, MO)
Federal Public Defender, Eastern District of Virginia (Norfolk, VA) (2)
Federal Public Defender, Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond, VA) (3)

Indigent Criminal Defense: State and Local

Albany County Public Defender (Albany, NY)
Albemarle-Charlottesville Public Defender (Charlottesville, VA)
Fredericksburg Public Defender (Fredericksburg, VA)
Hampton Public Defender (Hampton, VA)
New Hampshire Public Defender (Concord, NH)
Newport News Public Defender (Newport News, VA)
Pennsylvania Innocence Project (Philadelphia, PA)
Richmond Public Defender (Richmond, VA) (3)
South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense, Capital Trials Division (Columbia, SC) (2)
Staunton Public Defender (Staunton, VA)
Suffolk Public Defender (Suffolk, VA)


Portsmouth Circuit Court (Portsmouth, VA)
The Honorable William Cohen, Supreme Court of Vermont (Montpelier, VT)
The Honorable David J. Novak, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond, VA)
The Honorable Esther Salas, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (Newark, NJ)

Labor and Employment

National Labor Relations Board (Washington, DC)
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Washington, DC) (2)

Military Justice

U.S. Air Force, Judge Advocate General Corps (Joint Base Andrews, MD)

National Security

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration (Arlington, VA

Post Conflict Peacebuilding/Rule of Law

Center for Legal Aid and Regional Development (Pristina, Kosovo)
Central and Eastern European Law Institute (Prague, Czech Republic)
Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (Cape Town, South Africa)
Constitutional Court of Indonesia, Indonesian Human Rights Commission, Electoral Commission, Election Supervisory Committee and Center for Constitutional Studies (Jakarta and Padang, Indonesia)
Democracy for Development (Pristina, Kosovo)
Initiative for Strategic Litigation Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa)
International Bridges to Justice (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
International Bridges to Justice (Geneva, Switzerland) (2)
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance/Constitution Building Processes Programme (The Hague, Netherlands)
National Center for State Courts, International Programs Division (Arlington, VA)
Open Development Cambodia (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Pinkcollar Employment Agency (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
United States Institute of Peace (Washington, DC)
Winrock Countering Trafficking of Persons/ Bangladesh CTIP Ashshash Program (Bangladesh) (2)

Prosecution: Federal

U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Criminal Division (Phoenix, AZ)
U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia (Washington, DC)
U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Florida (Tampa, FL)
U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia (Newport News, VA)
U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Human Rights and Special Prosecution Section (Washington, DC)

Prosecution: State and Local

Bucks County District Attorney (Doylestown, PA)
Clark County District Attorney (Las Vegas, NV)
Montgomery County State's Attorney (Rockville, MD)
New Kent Commonwealth's Attorney (New Kent, VA)
Newport News Commonwealth's Attorney (Newport News, VA) (2)
Petersburg Commonwealth's Attorney (Petersburg, VA) 
Tennessee Attorney General, 20th Judicial District (Nashville, TN)
Ventura County District Attorney (Ventura, CA)
Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney (Virginia Beach, VA)


U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement (Washington, DC) (2)                                 

State and Local Government: Civil

Alaska Department of Law, Civil Division, Human Services Section (Anchorage, AK)
Hampton City Attorney (Hampton, VA)
Henrico County Attorney (Henrico, VA)
Louisa County Attorney (Louisa, VA)
New York Attorney General, Litigation Bureau (New York, NY)
Philadelphia Law Department, Affirmative and Special Litigation Unit (Philadelphia, PA)
Virginia Department of Corrections (Richmond, VA)
Virginia Department of Planning and Budget (Richmond, VA)


Federal Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau (Washington, DC) (2) 


Virginia Attorney General, Transportation Section (Richmond, VA)