Thank you to our graduation speaker Senator Edward Markey and our newest alumni and their families and friends for a wonderful Commencement ceremony. The Class of 2015 is the first to graduate from our brand-new building and they have made us proud. For the last three years, they have brought their passion and intellect to their studies at BU Law and to their service of our community.
With their diplomas officially in hand, the Class of 2015 will pursue new opportunities around the country and the world. I would like to share with you the plans of just a few of our newest alumni.
Many of our graduates will enter into private practice in cities around the globe. While some will remain in Boston and around New England, others will launch their careers in cities including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and San Diego. At least one graduate will be providing legal services in the military as a member of the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Others will be working for the federal government in civilian roles in organizations like the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Several of our new graduates have earned prestigious fellowships. John Travis has been awarded a two-year fellowship from the Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC), which places law graduates with leading nonprofit immigration legal services organizations in New York. He will work with Catholic Charities in Manhattan, primarily on asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, removal defense, and U-visa cases.
Kate Lebeaux received a fellowship from the Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors program, the largest and most prestigious federal entry-level attorney-hiring program of its kind. She will spend two years as a fellow at Boston Immigration Court where she will perform legal research and draft bench memos and decisions for deportation cases for seven immigration judges.
Other members of the Class of 2015 will be working in district attorney and public defender offices around the country in cities like Brooklyn, Miami, West Palm Beach, Manhattan, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas.
As you know, we recently began a fundraising initiative to help fund students to work full-time for a year providing legal services to a non-profit organization or government agency. I can’t thank you enough for your response. As a result of your generosity, eleven students were awarded BU Law Public Service Fellowships:
- Kyra Berasi – Center for Reproductive Rights, US Policy and Advocacy Program, Washington, DC
- Dena Birkenkamp, William and Patricia Kleh Fellow – Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, Immigration Law Project, Minneapolis, MN
- Caitlyn Byers – Disability Law Center, Boston, MA. She is the recipient of the N. Neal Pike Fellowship, which sponsors a fellow to work in the field of disability rights.
- Margot Finkel, Lisa G. Beckerman Fellow – New York State Attorney General’s Office, Labor Bureau, New York, NY
- Emily Fridman, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP Fellow – Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Malden, MA
- Danielle Hites, Yanan and Dan Schwartz Fellow – International Justice Resource Center, San Francisco, CA
- Kerry Sheehan, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP Fellow – Public Knowledge, Washington, DC
- Gillian Stoddard Leatherberry, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP Fellow – Legal Aid Society, Employment Law Unit, New York, NY
- Hannah Tanabe, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP Fellow – Greater Boston Legal Services, CORI & Re-Entry Project, Boston, MA
- Mike Tartaglia – Sixth Amendment Center, Boston, MA
- Diona Vakili, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP Fellow – BU School of Law Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Boston, MA
- Nicole Wolfman, Gerard H. Cohen Fellow – Committee for Public Counsel Services, Public Defender Division, Brockton, MA
We look forward to the Class of 2015’s keeping in touch with us and wish them all the best in their new ventures.