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Four From Yale Law School Awarded 2010 Skadden Public Interest Fellowship

Four Yale Law School students and graduates are recipients this year of the prestigious Skadden Public Interest Fellowship: Nicole Hallet ’08, Rebecca Heller ’10, Robert Silverman ’10, and Michael Tan ’08. The two-year, fully-paid fellowship enables academically outstanding law school graduates and judicial clerks to work full time providing legal services to underserved groups in the United States.

Nicole Hallett is a member of the Yale Law School class of 2008. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and English Literature from DePauw University and currently serves as a law clerk to the Hon. Rosemary Pooler, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. As a Skadden Fellow, she will work at the Urban Justice Center in New York, supporting its Community Development Project. She will provide direct representation of domestic workers through new legal clinics formed in partnership with community organizations to implement and enforce Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights.

Rebecca Heller is a member of the Yale Law School class of 2010. She holds an A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College. She will also work at the Urban Justice Center, on its Iraqi Refugees and Returning Veterans Project. She will direct legal services for Iraqi refugees and Iraq War veterans on a range of matters, including treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, access to benefits, housing, and workers compensation claims.

Robert Silverman is a member of the Yale Law School class of 2010. He holds an A.B. in History from Harvard College. He will work with Business and Professional People for the Public Interest in Chicago, focusing on preventing low-income families from losing their homes through the creation of mandatory foreclosure mediation. He will also work to stabilize and strengthen communities by lessening the impact of vacant properties.

Michael Tan is a member of the Yale Law School class of 2008. He holds an A.B. in Literature from Harvard College and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from New York University. He currently serves as a law clerk to the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He will work on the ACLU Immigrants Rights Project in New York, where he previously served as a Liman Fellow, providing impact litigation and community education to defend immigrant students’ rights to public education.

The Skadden Fellowship Foundation was established by the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in 1988 in recognition of the need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor, the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights. The 2010 class of Fellows brings to 591 the number of law school graduates and judicial clerks the firm has funded to work full-time for legal and advocacy organizations.