Law Fellows Learn, Earn Valuable Legal Experience at NAACP

Sixth year legal mentoring program is supported by the Kellogg Company

For the sixth consecutive year the NAACP welcomes a dynamic crew of law fellows to its headquarters.  

With support from Kellogg's Corporate Citizenship Fund, the NAACP Law Fellow Program began in 2003 providing students, who have completed at least one year of law school, the opportunity to work in the NAACP’s National Legal Department and its Washington Bureau. The law fellows work with civil rights attorneys on organizational issues, criminal justice, education, housing, voting rights and environmental justice.

“Students spend 10 to 12 weeks during summer months gaining valuable legal experience, networking and learning about various aspects of the practice of law,” said NAACP Interim General Counsel Angela Ciccolo. “They represent the future of social justice in America and we hope to guide their development such that their careers will be reflective of the NAACP’s rich legal history.”

Students were selected based on a competitive application process and chosen based on their leadership potential, law school grades and commitment to social justice and civil rights. The 2008 Kellogg NAACP Law Fellows are:

Angela Alexander, Roger Williams University School of Law

Krystle I. Cadogan, College of William and Mary School of Law

David Koppelman, Penn State Dickinson School of Law

Cedric McGee, Syracuse University School of Law

Terrell N. Nicholson, North Carolina Central University School of Law

Ashlei C. Taylor, Fordham University School of Law

NAACP law fellows participate in a variety of tasks, including: preparing research papers exploring strategies to advance civil rights; moderating panels at the Continuing Legal Education Seminar at the NAACP’s national convention in Cincinnati in July; evaluating and responding to citizen complaints of civil rights violations; working legislative issues related to the Association; engaging in weekly discussions of ethics; critiquing various readings regarding civil rights issues; and editing the NAACP Law Fellows Journal, The Conscience.

They will visit the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the District of Columbia’s Superior Court, U.S. Supreme Court and interact with civil rights leaders, other civil rights organizations, legislators and attorney advocates.

Since its inception, Kellogg's Corporate Citizenship Fund, the charitable arm of Kellogg Company, has been a committed supporter and primary funding source of the NAACP Law Fellow Program. 

“Kellogg Company is proud to continue our support of the NAACP Law Fellow Program,” said Gary Pilnick, senior vice president – general counsel, corporate development and secretary, Kellogg Company.  “Each year we are impressed by the talented law students who are selected for this valuable experience to learn and grow.”

“Kellogg Company has been a great supporter of the NAACP and its legal program,” Ciccolo added. “The company’s commitment to legal education is commendable.  The accomplishments of program alumni and their continuing support of the NAACP speak volumes about the success of the program.”

Previous Kellogg NAACP Law Fellows have gone on to become assistant state’s and district attorneys, staffers on Capitol Hill, public defenders, law clerks and legal counsel at private firms, government agencies and non-profit groups across the nation and in Australia.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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