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Danielle Lang ’12, Sofia Nelson ’13, Trudy Rebert ’13 Awarded Skadden Public Interest Fellowships

Danielle Lang

Sofia Nelson

Trudy Rebert

Yale Law School students Sofia Nelson ’13 and Trudy Rebert ’13 and graduate Danielle Lang ’12 have been selected as recipients of the 2013 Skadden Public Interest Fellowship. The three are among a group of 29 graduating law students and judicial clerks nationwide who will spend the next two years working in the public interest.

Lang, who graduated in May, will work for Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles, California. She will represent warehouse, hotel, carwash, port and sanitation, and other low-wage workers who need help combating workplace violations.

Nelson, class of 2013, will join the ACLU of Michigan, providing direct representation, impact litigation, community legal education and legislative advocacy to help low-income persons with past criminal records successfully re-enter society.

Rebert, also class of 2013, will work with the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice. She’ll provide direct representation and advocacy for guest workers in the Gulf Coast seafood industry to achieve dignified work by combating forced labor, retaliation, minimum wage violations, and unsafe working conditions.

The full list of 2013 Fellows and their projects can be viewed here.

The Skadden Fellowship program was started in 1988 by the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in honor of the firm’s 40th anniversary and in recognition of the dire need for greater funding for graduating law students and judicial clerks who are dedicating their careers to providing legal services to underserved members of society. Skadden Fellows are provided with a salary and fringe benefits for a two-year period. To date, the firm has funded nearly 680 fellows under the program.