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Sam Berger ’10, Anjali Dalal ’10, and Jessica Schumer ’10 Awarded Heyman Fellowships

The Heyman Federal Public Service Fellowship Program has announced the recipients of the 2010-2011 Heyman Fellowships. They are Sam Berger ’10, who will serve as Special Assistant to the General Counsel’s Office of the Office of Management and Budget; Anjali Dalal ’10, who will work on broadband technology policy at the White Office of Science and Technology Policy as Special Assistant to Aneesh Chopra, President Obama’s Chief Technology Officer; and Jessica Schumer ’10, who will serve at the Department of Treasury as Special Assistant to Larry Summers, Director of the National Economic Council.

Sam Berger is a member of the Yale Law School class of 2010. He graduated from Swarthmore College with high honors in 2005. Prior to attending law school, he worked as Special Assistant to the Senior Fellows at the Center for American Progress. As a Heyman Fellow, Sam will serve as Special Assistant to Preeta Bansal, General Counsel and Senior Policy Adviser at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). OMB is responsible for preparing the annual budget of the United States and coordinating the executive branch’s regulatory agenda. Sam will provide assistance in drafting and editing the President’s executive orders and presidential memoranda, analyzing the constitutionality of pending legislation and regulatory actions, and communicating the Administration’s position on significant legal policy issues.

Anjali Dalal is a member of the Yale Law School class of 2010. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout her three years at law school, Anjali has focused on a number of digital civil liberties and access to knowledge issues. As a Heyman Fellow, Anjali will serve as Special Assistant to Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer of the United States of America, spearheading the implementation of the soon-to-be-released National Broadband Plan. She will work collaboratively with senior officials in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the President’s principal adviser on telecommunications and information policy, as well as other relevant agencies such as the Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services.

Jessica Schumer is a member of the Yale Law School class of 2010. She graduated cum laude with an A.B. in social studies from Harvard College in 2006. Before law school, Jessica worked as a Communications and Policy Associate at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. As a Heyman Fellow, Jessica will work at both the National Economic Council and the Department of Treasury, serving as Special Assistant to the Director of the National Economic Council Lawrence Summers. Mr. Summers is President Obama’s top adviser on national economic policy. Jessica will assist Mr. Summers with his work by providing research, analysis, and briefings, with a special focus on the reconciliation of political realities with sound economic policies.

The Heyman Federal Public Service Fellowship Program was created in 2005 through the generosity of Samuel and Ronnie Heyman as part of Yale Law School’s longstanding commitment to public service, including service in the federal government. These one-year fellowships allow recent Yale Law School graduates to work closely with high-level leaders in the U.S. government. The goal of the fellowship is to inspire a new generation to serve by allowing Law School alumni to explore careers in public service and to bring creative, entrepreneurial ideas to the federal government.

The Heyman Federal Public Service Fellowship Program is just one of an array of post-graduate fellowship programs at Yale Law School that include the Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship; the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowships in International Human Rights; the YLS Public Interest Fellowship Program (YPIF); and the new Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellowship Initiative. These fellowships, along with Yale’s generous and flexible post-graduate loan forgiveness program known as COAP (Career Options Assistance Program), were created to help Yale Law School graduates launch and maintain public interest careers in a host of settings, even in economically challenging times.