John Paul Stevens Fellowship Program
Honoring Justice Stevens' lifelong dedication to improving the justice system, the John Paul Stevens Fellowship Foundation invests in the next generation of lawyers. Through the Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship Program at UW Law, we provide grants to two UW Law students to work in unpaid public interest summer internships.
Each summer UW Law will provide 2 Stevens Fellowships to students with a demonstrated commitment to public service law. The Fellowships are selected in tandem with the competitive PILA summer grant selection process.
Meet the two inaugural Stevens Fellows!
Rising 3L Erin Apte, host organization Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Asylum Unit
"I'm incredibly grateful to have been selected to receive the Justice John Paul Stevens fellowship. This fellowship has made it possible for me to dedicate my summer to a cause about which I am passionate without worrying about financial compensation. I'm excited to join the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in their Asylum Unit to provide legal assistance to refugee victims of persecution and torture. Immigration law combines my enthusiasm for international human rights with the desire to serve my local community. I look forward to continuing the pursuit of global justice by positively impacting the lives of immigrant asylum seekers."
Rising 3L Jordan Taren, host organization, Columbia Legal Services
“The law is a tool for social change, and the progressive advancement of our national community. Financial disparity in the law and politics overwhelmingly disadvantages the most vulnerable members of society, and is a strong disincentive to future lawyers interested in advocating for the public interest. Justice Stevens believes in protecting the well-being and equal treatment of all Americans, and I am honored to receive this Justice John Paul Stevens Memorial Fellowship which will allow me to continue working toward that goal.”