For Immediate Release

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Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law

April 6, 2006

UW Law School Announces 2006 Sampson Fellows

The UW School of Law proudly announces the 2006 recipients of the William Sampson Fellow in Comparative Public Interest Law: Elisabeth Ahlquist, Jill Monnin, Rebecca Huffman, Cecelia Boudreau, and Patrice Kent. The 2006 Fellowship recipients were announced at a lunch attended by Andy Pike, Consul for Northern Ireland to the U.S. March 30, 2006 in Gates Hall.

The Sampson Fellow program, arranged by the law school's European Law Initiative (ELI), provides an externship opportunity for one UW law student to spend up to four months working in Europe at a human rights non-profit or NGO.  Traditionally, Sampson Fellow's have worked with the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC) in Dublin, Ireland. 

"I was able to see first-hand what public interest law looked like in a comparative jurisdiction," said John Smelcer (3L), the 2004 Sampson Fellow recipient.

The Fellowship's namesake, William Sampson, was an Irish Protestant human rights lawyer, who, after being imprisoned, disbarred and banished from his homeland following the 1798 Rebellion, practiced as the United States' first career human rights lawyer. In New York City, Sampson brought test cases on behalf of Irish Catholic refugees, defended striking union shoemakers against conspiracy charges, represented African-Americans in pre-Civil War America, and a host of other "unpopular" causes in the courtroom. He died in New York in 1836.

2006 Sampson Fellowship Recipients (l to r) John Keane (Irish Heritage Club of Seattle), Prof. Walter Walsh, Elisabeth Ahlquist, Jill Monnin, Andy Pike (Consul for N. Ireland to the U.S.), Rebecca Huffman, Cecelia Boudrea, Peter Broom (HM Deputy Consul General), Patrice Kent.

Past UW Samspon Fellows:

1997    Matt Miller (FLAC, Dublin)

1998    Erin Healy (FLAC, Dublin) and Chris Camey (The Law Centre)

1999    Kelly O'Connell (FLAC, Dublin)

2000    Flannary Collins(FLAC, Dublin)

2001    Jennifer Lewis (Madden & Finucane);
2001    Colleen Kerr-Chastek (Human Rights Centre - Queens University Belfast);
2001    Laurel Imus (Equality Authority);
2001    Carmel Morgan (Irish Centre for Human Rights - National University of Ireland, Galway);
2001    Angelina Northup (Irish Centre for Human Rights - National University of Ireland, Galway)

2002    Scott Andersen (FLAC, Dublin)

2003    Suzanne Love (FLAC, Dublin)

2004    John Smelcer (FLAC, Dublin)

2005    Letty Coffin (FLAC, Dublin) and Christy Mach (FLAC, Dublin)