The Powell Fellowship in Legal Services honors former Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. It awards $45,000 to a J.D. graduate of the law school or to a judicial clerk to enable him or her to work in public interest law and to enhance the delivery of legal services to the poor under the sponsorship of a public interest organization. The award is made for one year with the expectation that it will be renewed for a second year. Fellows receive the $45,000 salary plus the benefits that an employee of his or her sponsoring organization would ordinarily receive. The project must involve the provision of civil legal services to the indigent.
How to Apply
The fellowship is open to third-year law students at the School of Law and recent Virginia law graduates who will complete a judicial clerkship by fall 2018. It is awarded on the strength of the project proposal and the sponsoring organization, and the personal qualities of the applicant, including academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to public service.
To apply, send a resumé; law school transcript; two letters of recommendation from law professors or attorneys who are familiar with the applicant's work; two essays (each not longer than one page, single spaced) one describing the project and the other discussing the applicant's commitment to public service; along with a letter from the sponsoring organization indicating their willingness to serve as the host organization, to:
Assistant Director of Public Service
University of Virginia School of Law
580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
The application deadline is Oct. 20, 2017. Finalist interviews may be conducted in Charlottesville.
Past Powell Fellows
- Shannon Ellis '15
- Megan Lisa Watkins '16
- Cat Martin '15
- Mario Salas '14
- Kimberly Rolla ’13
- Dan Hausman ’12
- Peggy Nicholson ’11
- Crystal Shin ’10 (Update)
- Phil Storey ’09
- Amy Woolard ’08
- Clermont Fraser ’07
- Tiffany Marshall ’06 (Update)
- Anishah Cumber ’05 (Update)
- Angela Ciolfi ’03 (after clerking a year) (Update)
- Lise Adams ’03 (Update)
- Kit Ballenger ’02 (Update)
New Powell Fellow to Represent Youths Affected by Trauma, Poverty
The University of Virginia School of Law has selected third-year student Megan Lisa Watkins as the 15th Powell Fellow in Legal Services, an honor that will fund her efforts to help youths avoid the school-to-prison pipeline.