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The funds PILF raises each year are used to support Moritz students who take low-paying or volunteer summer positions in the public interest. Awards range from $1,000 to $3,000, and help to defray living expenses. These fellowships are designed to encourage our classmates to seek out rewarding positions that serve underrepresented and underprivileged populations that are least likely to have access to legal services.

With the support of the Moritz and the Columbus legal community, in Summer of 2010, PILF raised over $40,000 and funded 10 Summer Fellows.

Given the high interest of Moritz students in taking summer public interest positions, the application process continues to be competitive each year. Therefore it is important for students interested in seeking PILF Fellowships to be aware of the criteria and the selective nature of the process, and that there are alternative funding sources available.

2010 PILF Fellowship Recipients:

  • Columbus Bar Foundation Fellow: Ohio Poverty Law Center (Elbert Aull)
  • Barbri Fellow: Legal Aid Society of Orange County (Randy Montes)
  • Alaska Public Defender's Agency (Kate Bush and Mikhail Khusid)
  • ABA Commission on Immigration (Dave Boylan)
  • Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (Melissa Baker)
  • MinKwon Center for Community Action (Fair Park)
  • Equal Justice Foundation (Michael Batchelder)
  • DOJ – Criminal Division, Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section (Caitlyn Nesleroth)
  • Defenders of Wildlife (Carson Barylak)

Recent PILF Fellowship Recipients

Please see our Resources section for further organizations that provide funding. For further information, please contact Lisa Lagos, President .