Washington and Lee School of Law students Chaitra Gokul ('08L), David Knight ('08L), and Apryl Whitaker ('08L) have been selected as the 2006 recipients of Virginia Law Foundation Public Service Internship awards that will enable them to work at law-related public service jobs this summer. Gokul and Whitaker will work for the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society in Charlottesville and Richmond, respectively, and Knight will work for the Staunton Office of the Public Defender.
Chaitra Gokul, David Knight, and Apryl Whitaker
Founded in 1974 as the charitable arm of Virginia's legal profession, the Virginia Law Foundation, located in Richmond, provides grant support to law-related projects throughout Virginia. Since 1989, its public service internship program has enabled over 350 law students to work with approved public service employers in Virginia during their summer breaks. Through this process, students gain valuable insights into the challenges and rewards of pursuing a career in public service law.
Research was conducted that determined between 34% and 52% of the past recipients of VLF Public Service Internships have pursued and continue to pursue work in public service.