Via HLS News 

Six Harvard Law School students and recent graduates have been chosen to receive Skadden Fellowships to support their work in public service.

The fellowships, which provide a salary and benefits, were established in 1988 by the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in recognition of the need for greater funding for graduating law students who want to devote their professional lives to helping the poor, elderly, homeless and disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights. Twenty-eight fellows from 16 different law schools make up this year’s class.

“We have so many talented students hoping to use their legal education to aid underserved communities at a time when there is not enough funding to support those even a fraction of the attorneys needed to serve those communities.” said Alexa Shabecoff, assistant dean for public service in the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at HLS. “I am so grateful to Skadden for their leadership in helping to close a small part of the gap in providing high quality representation to low income clients by funding these six fantastic students.”

One of this year’s fellows, Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune ’12, was a recipient of the William J. Stuntz Memorial Award for Justice, Human Dignity and Compassion at HLS. The award recognizes a graduating student who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the principles of justice, human dignity and compassion while at Harvard Law School.

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