Public Service Fellowships

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Through the generous giving of many alumni & friends of the College of Law, we are privileged to provide the following Fellowship Opportunities. Applications open on February 1 each year, with the annual deadline date to be announced by the Office of Career Planning.

Terry and Robin Gilbert Social Justice Fellowship Fund

This fund supports Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students and new graduates who work with public interest groups, government offices, or individuals who advocate, represent, or do research in the area of civil and human rights and criminal justice (not criminal prosecution). Terry Gilbert, a 1973 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, has dedicated his legal career to promote human and political rights, as well as progressive approaches to criminal justice. As a legal and social activist, Terry Gilbert sees law as an instrument of social change where human rights take precedence over property and corporate interests. Through this Fellowship, Terry and Robin Gilbert encourage students and graduates to work on behalf of those deprived of rights because of class, race, or sexual preference, and to advocate the promotion of constitutional rights and progressive justice for those charged with crimes.
 
Who Can Apply:
  • Students enrolled at Cleveland-Marshall who will be returning the following fall semester
  • Students who graduated within the last six months

Steven C. LaTourette Graduate Public Interest Fellowship Fund

This fund serves to prepare individuals for effective and ethnical leadership in the public sector, through experience in hands-on, high level assignments at public sector workplaces. Fellows will gain insight into how public processes unfold, garner a deeper understanding of the community and build an extensive professional network-all of which will enhance their ability to become agents of change for Greater Cleveland. The fund was established in recognition of U.S. Rep. Steven LaTourette, a 1979 CMCL graduate, who served Ohio’s 14th Congressional District from 1995-2013. He is widely credited with leading the successful effort to save more than 1,000 jobs at Cleveland’s Defense Finance and Accounting Services and in assisting auto dealers impacted by the bankruptcy and bailout of GM and Chrysler.
 
Who Can Apply:
  • New graduates of Cleveland-Marshall

Max I. Kohrman Memorial Endowed Public Interest Fellowship Fund

This fund was established by S. Lee Kohrman, Esq., in memory of his father Max I. Kohrman, a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace School of Law, a predecessor institution to CMCL. Mr. Kohrman practiced law in Cleveland from 1918-1962, was the founder of the Cleveland firm of Kohrman and Kohrman, a predecessor of the current firm of Kohrman, Jackson, & Krantz, and was a life-long supporter of socially responsible public institutions which relied heavily on the skill and devotion of lawyers.
 
Who Can Apply:
  • Cleveland-Marshall students who show an interest in joining the legal staffs of institutions, both public and private, which are committed to public service; students must be returning to Cleveland-Marshall the following fall semester

James and Teresa Lowe Endowed Fellowship

This fund provides an annual award to a Cleveland-Marshall student pursuing a summer fellowship supporting social justice. James and Teresa Lowe recognize the importance of social justice in the practice of law and seek to foster the advancement of these ideals by supporting the work of a summer fellow. Preference shall be given to students who demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, consumer and product safety.
 
Who Can Apply:
  • Students enrolled at Cleveland-Marshall who will be returning the following fall semester

Grant S. Roth Scholarship

This fund honors the memory of Grant S. Roth (1967-2005), a 1994 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. The Scholarship provides funding to promising law students who are planning a career in legal aid or other public interest legal work.
 
Who Can Apply:
  • Students enrolled at Cleveland-Marshall who will be returning the following fall semester

The David C. Weiner-Charna E. Sherman Community Service Fellowship Fund

This fund was established by David C. Weiner and Charna E. Sherman and their wedding guests to provide fellowships for students at CMCL who engage in community service projects..
 
Who Can Apply:
  • Students enrolled at Cleveland-Marshall who will be returning the following fall semester

Edith and Sidney Simon Civil Liberties Fellowship

This fellowship provides financial support to law students working with the American Civil Liberties Union or other civil liberties organizations. Students selected shall be academically promising students who have demonstrated or expressed a commitment to civil liberties.
 
Who Can Apply:
  • Students enrolled at Cleveland-Marshall who will be returning the following fall semester
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