For Immediate Release

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Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law

July 9, 2008

UW Law School Announces 2008 Sampson Fellows

The UW School of Law proudly announces the 2008 recipients of the William Sampson Fellow in Comparative Public Interest Law: Tobias Damm-Luhr 1L, Stephanie Holmes 1L, Kyle Silk-Eglit 1L, and Sara Campbell 1L.

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

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.

2008 Sampson Fellowship Recipients (l to r) Stephanie Holmes 1L, Tobias Damm-Luhr 1L, Kyle Silk-Eglit 1L, and Sara Campbell 1L.

Past UW Sampson Fellows

1997 Matt Miller (FLAC, Dublin)
1998 Erin Healy (FLAC, Dublin)
1998 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)
2005 Christy Mach (FLAC, Dublin)
2006 Elisabeth Ahlquist (Irish Centre for Human Rights - National University of Ireland, Galway)
2006 Jill Monnin (Irish Centre for Human Rights - National University of Ireland, Galway)
2006 Rebecca Huffman (Northside Community Law Centre, Dublin)
2006 Cecelia Boudreau (FLAC, Dublin)
2006 Patrice Kent (Law Centre, Belfast)
2007 Michiko Hase
2007 Emily Jarvis
2007 Emily Alvarado
2007 Elizabeth Hawkins