As law firm associates and partners rejoice over their bonuses and profits, we urge you to keep in mind the importance of giving back this holiday season. The law firm of Skadden Arps certainly does, through its support of the Skadden Fellowships. It’s fitting that word of the new Skadden Fellows always comes out around this time of year.
In case you’re not familiar with it, the Skadden Fellowship program has been described as “a legal Peace Corps.” It was established in 1988, in honor of Skadden’s 40th anniversary as a law firm, and it supports graduating law students committed to public interest work as they embark upon specific projects at sponsoring organizations.
How many fellowships were awarded this year? Which law schools do the fellows come from?
From the Skadden Foundation’s press release on the 2013 class of fellows:
Skadden has announced its 2013 Class of Skadden Fellows, a group of 29 graduating law students and judicial clerks who are devoting the next two years of their professional careers to public interest work.
The Fellows will work in 10 states and the District of Columbia, focusing on issues ranging from the harassment of LGBT students in rural, impoverished regions of New York State to the foreclosure of homes of working poor Los Angeles families.
The 2013 Class includes four additional fellowships funded in memory of [deceased Skadden partners] Joe Flom and Peter Mullen. To date, the firm has funded nearly 680 Fellows since the program’s inception in 1988.
Joe Flom passed away last year, and so did Peter Mullen, but their memory lives on through the Skadden Fellowship program. Flom, who was a name partner at Skadden (Arps Slate Meagher & Flom), left a sizable bequest to the Foundation in his will.
For this year’s class of fellows, Harvard led the way with six. NYU and Yale, two law schools with noted public interest programs, had four and three fellows, respectively. Harvard has a larger class size, so on a per-capita basis, the three schools are pretty close.
To check out the full list of fellows, as well as which law schools have produced the most Skadden Fellows over the past five years, flip to the next page.