NAACP Selects 2013 Law Fellows

(Baltimore, MD) – After an extensive and highly competitive selection process, the NAACP selected the following exceptional students to participate in the 2013 Law Fellow Program:

• Lucy Bansal, University of Maryland, Francis Carey School of Law
• Andre Cotten, University of Mississippi School of Law
• Karen Egbuna, Howard University School of Law
• Darren Fernandez, Michigan State University School of Law
• Sierra Wallace, Howard University School of Law

Since 2003, the NAACP/Kellogg’s Law Fellow Program has fulfilled its vision of helping to groom future leaders and civil rights attorneys.  The program is supported by annual grants from the Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund, the philanthropic arm of The Kellogg’s Company.

The Office chose each fellow based on his or her commitment to excellence and passion for civil rights.  As in previous years, the 2013 Law Fellows represent widely varied backgrounds and interests including economic equity, employment discrimination, education, and corporate governance.

Law Fellows will work from NAACP Headquarters in Baltimore, MD, where they will   participate in legal research and advocacy projects germane to NAACP initiatives, including employment discrimination, criminal justice, environmental justice, education, housing, police misconduct, and other civil rights issues.  Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in a range of professional development and networking events.  Additionally, Fellows will moderate panels at the NAACP’s 29th Lawyers Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar during the 104th Annual NAACP Convention in Orlando, Florida.

General Counsel Kim M. Keenan states: 

“Through working with the Legal Department and networking with lawyers in many different legal arenas, our summer experience is an excellent opportunity for law students to see the multiple roles lawyers play in shaping American society.  Many of our Law Fellows find this valuable opportunity expands what they believe is possible for their legal careers.  A 2011 Law Fellow emphasized the program’s importance to her: ‘I met lawyers and judges and participated in discussions with practitioners about law and policy.  I’ve gained a new and different perspective that has made a tremendous contribution to my personal and professional growth.’  In our 11th year, we look forward to continuing and building upon our work growing the next generation of civil rights advocates.”

The Law Fellow program will begin on June 3 and conclude on August 9, 2013.

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.  Read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

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