2016 public service fellows named
The Moritz College of Law is home to multiple post-graduate public service fellowships, which place recent graduates in nonprofit positions where they begin their careers in the public sector. Below is a list of this year’s fellows as of Sept. 1, 2016.
Kristine Perry ’16 was selected as the first recipient of a new international public service fellowship established by Michael Finn ’67. Perry will spend the next year working at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat in London. She will be within the organization’s Law and Policy Programme in the International Law and Policy Directorate, which provides leadership in the areas of legal standard-setting, developments in international and post-conflict justice, human rights jurisprudence, international humanitarian law, effective implementation of the law, and the development and application of human rights policy. The program also provides legal and policy advice and analysis to the International Secretariat and the movement to ensure the accuracy of the analysis and application of law and policy and thus maximizing impact.
Meaghan Van Brocklin ’16 was selected as the 2016- 17 Franklin County Municipal Court Pro Se Fellow. She will continue the work of Kayla Callahan ’15, who was the program’s first fellow. The fellow serves as the principal staff person for the new Franklin County Municipal Court Self-Help Resource Center, which assists litigants who are representing themselves in court navigate the legal system.
Lauren Wert ’16 was recently named the 2016-17 Greif Fellow in Juvenile Human Trafficking. She is the fourth Greif Fellow and will be growing the substantial work of her three predecessors. Wert is an alumna of the Peace Corps, where she served in Guatemala. She is fluent in Spanish and gained experience in the Office of the Franklin County Public Defender and several immigration-related practices while in law school.
Erin Woods ’15 will continue on as the Ohio State Student Legal Services fellow for the upcoming year. The Ohio State Student Legal Services office provides legal representation to students of The Ohio State University in civil and criminal legal issues as well as in housing matters.
Maggie Light Scotece ’16 was selected to serve as the next William B. Saxbe Fellow at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. She will work in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s office serving as counsel before the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission and the Oil and Gas Commission, and will work on a variety of cases, including water, air, and solid waste.
Cathlene Beck ’16 was selected as the first ever OCCH/Legal Aid Society of Columbus Fellow. In this role she will assist residents with legal issues that are common barriers to achieving stability and moving forward in their lives. Beck will provide legal services in civil legal matters to economically disadvantaged persons living at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines in a six county area of central Ohio. Issues that will be of focus are those like: child custody and visitation, domestic violence, and assistance with improperly denied public benefits. Beck has worked in the public interest arena since attending Moritz and brings not only that work experience, but compassion for indigent clients to the position.
John Price ’16 was recently selected as the Coyle Special Education Fellow with Disability Rights Ohio. Price brings experience in the West Virginia legislature, as well as completion of the Justice for Children Clinic and coursework related to disability law to the position. He will be employed by and directly support the Education Team at Disability Rights Ohio, a nonprofit corporation with a mission to advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio. Price will provide advocacy to students with developmental disabilities who are eligible for an Individualized Education Program under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. He will counsel parents and their children, and attend school-based meetings at schools in the Franklin County area.