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
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.
(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)