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Four Students Win Civil Rights Fellowship

July 17, 2008

Four students at CUNY School of Law have received the 2008 Joseph Doherty Civil Rights Fellowship. The fellowship, which is worth $1,000 for each student, was established in 1996 by Mary Nevins, now Director of Academic Planning and Programming, with the help of alums Kevin Love, Marty Glennon and Sean Crowley, to assist students whose interests lie in civil rights in the United States and abroad. Students who have won are:

Marianella Belliard-Acosta – rising 2L working this summer at Instituto Latinoamericano de las Naciones Unidas Para la Prevencion del Delito y el Tratmiento del Delinquente (ILANUD). Marianella was introduced to ILANUD by Professor Rhonda Copelon. ILANUD, a chapter of the United Nations, collaborates with governments from Latin American countries and the Caribbean to promote integrity and openness in their judicial practices as well as justice in the penal systems of those nations.

Chris Burt – rising 3L working this summer with the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Division. He will be assisting Legal Aid in representing the interests of young people in Family Court. This internship will allow him to develop skills helping adolescents suffering from psychiatric, behavioral, and drug addiction problems as well as addressing legal problems in adoption and foster care.

Robyn Enes – rising 3L working this summer at the AIDS Center of Queens County, a comprehensive social service organization. The center offers medical and psychiatric services and includes a legal department that provides services including family law, housing law, and assistance with Social Security benefits, wills, estates and health care proxies.

Melissa Kelly – rising 2L working this summer at the Queens DA’s Office Special Victims Bureau in conjunction with the Child Advocacy Center. The Bureau assists law enforcement officials in prosecuting cases involving sexual abuse against children. Melissa will be participating in victim interviews as an advocate for children who have been physically and sexually abused.

(Photo): ILSA students raise funds for Joseph Doherty Civil Rights Fellowship at their annual luncheon in March 2008.
(Photo): ILSA students raise funds for Joseph Doherty Civil Rights Fellowship at their annual luncheon in March 2008.


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