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Public Interest Law - Endowed Funds

Albert E. Arent A.B. '32 LL.B. '35 - Arent Fox LLP Public Interest FellowshipEstablished in 2007 by the partnership of Arent Fox LLP, this fund honors founding partner Albert Arent, Esq., and his commitment to public-interest legal work by providing financial assistance to Cornell Law students who work in unpaid public-sector summer jobs. Preference is given to students who have expressed an interest in concentrating on the civil rights aspect of public interest law.

Charles and Brenda Eddy Dean's Discretionary Fund for Public Interest LawCharles Eddy J.D. '70 established his fund in 2011 to provide unrestricted support for the Public Interest Law Program, with preference given to the Public Interest Low-Income Protection Plan (PILIPP). PILIPP grants help alumni practicing law in the public sector repay their student loans.

Leo Nevas Human Rights FundLeo Nevas J.D. 1936 established this fund, to be used at the discretion and under the supervision of the Allan R. Tessler Dean, to support programs at Cornell Law School that focus on human rights.

Harold Oaklander Public Interest Fellowship to Advance Justice and Public Policy against Persistent UnemploymentDr. Harold Oaklander B.S. 1952 established this fellowship in 2013 to achieve the end stated in its name. The Oaklander Public Interest Fellowship provides a cost-of-living stipend in the form of a Public Interest Fellowship (PIF) grant to as many as six Cornell Law students every year. To receive an Oaklander PIF, a student must secure an internship that involves attorney representation of low-income persons faced with legal issues related to unemployment, such as unfair denial of unemployment insurance benefits, discriminatory layoff, and hiring bias against the unemployed. Oaklander Public Interest Fellows also write a field research report on a topic related to unemployment, based on the work they do in their public-interest internship.

Frank H. T. Rhodes Public Interest Law FellowshipEstablished in 2010 by The Atlantic Philanthropies in honor of the former Cornell University President for "the profound difference Frank Rhodes has made at Cornell University and The Atlantic Philanthropies by furthering scholarship and research in areas of fundamental importance to both organizations … and by ensuring that disenfranchised populations have access to legal expertise and representation." This fund provides financial assistance to a Cornell Law School graduate whose public-interest legal work addresses one or more "issues of poverty alleviation, support for [respectively] the elderly and disadvantaged children and youth, public health, and human rights."

Sarah E. Russo Public Interest Law Fellowship

Established in 2013 by gifts from Mary Gail Gearns, J.D. 1985, and David L. Russo, J.D. 1985, in honor of their daughter, Sarah E. Russo, B.A. 2015.  The fund supports Public Interest Fellowships at Cornell Law School.

Carl P. and Dona M. Wolfram Public Interest Fellowship Established in 1994 by gifts from Professor Charles W. Wolfram in honor of his parents Carl P. and Dona M. Wolfram. The fund supports Public Interest Fellowships at Cornell Law School--essential resources that enable current Cornell Law students to work in unpaid, public-sector law jobs during the summer.