Freudenheim

Professor James Gardner with BPILP Fellowship donor Julie Freudenheim '88.

Our Summer Fellows

Every year, the Buffalo Public Interest Law Program (BPILP) raises money to support students who work in the public interest each summer during law school.

We would to thank everyone who contributed funds to help support our efforts. We would especially like to thank the our Dean’s Office, the Development Office, the Career Services Office, the UB Law Alumni Association, and the Charles E. Mann Public Interest Award Fund, the leadership and members of BPILP, our very generous alumni, faculty, staff, student donors, and members of the legal community, who continue to be committed to public interest law.

Due to this year’s fundraising efforts, 43 projects are receiving funding this year. These include BPILP Fellows, UB Law Alumni-Funded Fellows, four Catalyst Public Service Fellows (jointly funded by the law school and the New York Bar Foundation), five Buffalo Human Rights Center Fellows, and nine students receiving funding from the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps J.D. Program.  Excitingly, of all the law schools participating in the AmeriCorps J.D. Program across the nation, the School of Law has the most students enrolled this summer.

Below is the complete list of this year’s fellows.

Buffalo Public Interest Law Program Fellowship Recipients

Charles E. Mann Public Interest Award Recipient

  • Meghan Zickl ’20 - Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. (Batavia, NY)

Dean’s Buffalo Public Interest Law Program Fellows

  • Caitlin Beck ’20 - Honorable Julio M. Fuentes, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Newark, NJ)
  • Kenisha Flowers ’20 - United States Attorney’s Office, WDNY (Buffalo, NY)
  • Katie Gojevic ’20 - Honorable Sharon LoVallo, Erie County Family Court (Buffalo, NY); Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc., Attorneys for Children (Buffalo, NY)
  • Michael Ryman ’20 - New York State Office of the Inspector General (Buffalo, NY)
  • Emily Sauers ’19 - Ontario County District Attorney’s Office (Canandaigua, NY)
  • Anna Stern ’20 - United States Attorney’s Office, WDNY (Buffalo, NY)

UB Law Alumni Association’s Buffalo Public Interest Law Program Fellow

  • John Kuebler ’20 - Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., Housing Unit (Buffalo, NY)

Buffalo Public Interest Law Program Fellows

  • Jonathan Francisco ’20 - United States Attorney’s Office, WDNY (Rochester, NY)
  • Diana Ganis ’20 - New York State Mental Hygiene Legal Service, Second Judicial Department (Tarrytown, NY)
  • Michael Garrett ’20 - Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. (Batavia, NY)
  • Kapila Kapoor ’20 - United States Attorney’s Office, WDNY (Buffalo, NY)
  • Cassondra McCormick ’20 - Honorable Julio M. Fuentes, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Newark, NJ)
  • Meghan McElligott ’20 - United States Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resources  Division, Environmental Enforcement Department (Washington, DC)
  • Samantha Rubino ’20 - New York State Office of the Attorney General (Buffalo, NY)

UB Law Alumni-Funded Fellowship Recipients

Alan Carrel Award Recipient

  • Vicki Bell ’19 - United States Attorney’s Office, WDNY (Buffalo, NY)

Freudenheim Fellow

  • Leighann Ramirez ’20 - Unlocal, Inc. (New York, NY)

Garry Graber Fellow

  • Christopher Phillips ’20 - Center for Elder Law & Justice (Buffalo, NY)

Kaplan & Reynolds Fellows

  • Kelsey Hatfield ’20 - Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc. (Buffalo, NY)
  • Brian Whitney ’20 - Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc. (Buffalo, NY)

Martha Krisel Fellows

  • Ross Lopez ’20 - Queens County District Attorney’s Office, Homicide Trials Bureau (Kew Gardens, NY)
  • Gargy Sarker Monterville ’19 - Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc., Criminal Defense Unit (Buffalo, NY)

Terry M. Richman Fellow

  • Elizabeth David ’19 - American Bar Association Center on Children and Law (Washington, DC)

Suzanne E. Tomkins Women, Children and Social Justice Fellow

  • Gina Piva ’20 - Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., Family Unit (Niagara Falls, NY)

Western New York Law Center Fellow

  • Nicholas Mansour ’20 - Western New York Law Center, Inc. (Buffalo, NY)

Women, Children and Social Justice Advocacy Fellow

  • Gina Piva ’20 - Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., Family Unit (Niagara Falls, NY)

Additional Fellowship Recipients

Catalyst Public Service Fellows

  • Ashley Baxter ’20 - Honorable Doris Ling-Cohan, New York Supreme Court, Appellate Term, First Department (New York, NY) - as part of the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program.
  • Deonna Jones ’19 - Erie County District Attorney’s Office (Buffalo, NY); The Door’s Legal Services Center (New York, NY)
  • Natalia Marte ’20 - The Bronx Defenders, Criminal Defense Practice (Bronx, NY)
  • Ifeoluwa Popoola ’19 - Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc., Civil Unit (Buffalo, NY)

BHRC Human Rights Fellows

  • Amani Abuhamra ’20 - Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (Buffalo, NY)
  • Erin Barry ’20 - Center for Elder Law & Justice (Buffalo, NY)
  • Peter Farruggia ’20 - Univera Healthcare Resource Center, Health & Human Rights Policy (Buffalo, NY)
  • Taylor Knowles ’20 - Center for Elder Law & Justice (Buffalo, NY)
  • Robert Neill ’20 - Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Health Care Access Project (New York, NY)

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program Members

  • Kerri Bejger ’19 - Clinical Legal Education Program at the University at Buffalo, School of Law (Buffalo, NY)
  • Carrington Garber ’20 - Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Immigration Services (Buffalo, NY)
  • Kelsey Hatfield ’20 - Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc. (Buffalo, NY)
  • Jennifer Klemenz ’19 - Neighborhood Legal Services (Buffalo, NY)
  • Robert Neill ’20 - Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Health Care Access Project (New York, NY)
  • Leighann Ramirez ’20 - Unlocal, Inc. (New York, NY)
  • Shelby Scibetta ’20 - Erie County Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc., Immigration Services (Buffalo, NY)
  • Brian Whitney ’20 - Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc. (Buffalo, NY)
  • John Zakour ’20 - Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (Bath, NY) as part of the NYS Family Security Project.