Four Law Students Receive Public Service Scholarships

Lexington, VA Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Washington and Lee School of Law students Russell Kruse, Blaine Nicholson, Robert Reed, and Bridget Tainer-Parkins, all members of the class of 2009, have been selected as the 2007 recipients of Virginia Law Foundation Public Service Internship awards that will enable them to work at law-related public service jobs this summer.

Kruse and Reed will work for the public defender offices in Fredericksburg, VA and Arlington, VA respectively. Nicholson will work for the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center (Charlottesville, VA), and Bridget Tainer-Parkins will work for Refugee and Immigration Services (Roanoke, VA).

Left to Right: Bridget Tainer-Parkins, Russel Kruse, Robert Reed, and Blaine Nicholson

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.

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