Seven Wayne Law students awarded Public Interest Law Fellowships

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Wayne State University Law School students benefitting from the the 2022 Public Interest Law Fellowships include (top row, l-r) Carmen Goodson, Simon Roennecke, Claire Stancroff, (bottom) Keri Turner, Katherine Walt, and Sergei Nosovich. Not pictured: Elizabeth Phillips.

Photo courtesy of Wayne Law

Seven Wayne State University Law School students will gain experience serving a variety of agencies this summer, thanks to support from the 2022 Public Interest Law Fellowships (PILF).

The 2022 PILF awardees and their organizations are:

• Carmen Goodson of Grand Rapids, rising second-year student: Kent County Office of the Defender

• Sergei Nosovich of Ann Arbor, rising second-year student: Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office

• Elizabeth Phillips of Detroit, rising third-year student: Great Lakes Environmental Law Center

• Simon Roennecke of Pleasant Ridge, rising second-year student: Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit

• Claire Stancroff of Grand Rapids, rising second-year student: Michigan Immigrant Rights Center

• Keri Turner of Riverview, rising third-year student: Federal Community Defender (Detroit)

• Katherine Walt of Brookline, Mass., rising second-year student: Michigan State Appellate Defenders Office

Each student will volunteer 40 hours a week for 10 weeks, collectively providing more than 2,000 hours of service to organizations serving the public and underrepresented individuals. As safety measures under COVID-19 evolve, agencies provide the opportunity for students to gain experience remotely or onsite.

Wayne Law created the fellowships in 2009 to give students opportunities to gain practical experience in public interest law before graduation, ease student financial stresses and offer much-needed assistance to organizations providing legal services to underserved constituencies. Fellowship recipients are selected each year by a committee of Wayne Law faculty members, staff and alumni.


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