Three Law Students Receive VLF Public Service Scholarships

Lexington, VA Friday, April 17, 2009

Washington and Lee School of Law students Patrick Chamberlain '10L, Gail Deady '11L, and Rachel Mack '11L have been selected as the 2009 recipients of Virginia Law Foundation (VLF) Public Service Internship awards. These awards help support students working at law-related public service jobs during the summer.

Two students will work for legal aid groups, Deady for Rappahannock Legal Services in Culpeper and Mack for the Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society in Christiansburg. Chamberlain will work in Roanoke for the Federal Public Defender of the Western District of Virginia.

One of last year's VLF scholarships, Kiyomi Bolick '10, remarked on her experience with the Federal Public Defenders office that it was the first time she realized her work could change lives.

"I came to law school wanting more than good grades," said Bolick. "I came because I want to make real change in the world. It was a relief to find out that the skills I've been developing in the classroom will enable me to do that."

Left to right: Gail Deady '11L, Patrick Chamberlain '10L, and Rachel Mack '11L

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 the Virginia Law Foundation made its first public service internship awards in 1989, over $1,007,000 has been provided to support hundreds of internships throughout the Commonwealth.

As a result of the internship experience, many students gain an increased commitment to ongoing public service throughout their legal careers. VLF research has 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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