Northwestern Law's Bluhm Legal Clinic to Launch Fellowship Program

September 01, 2011

Northwestern University School of Law's Bluhm Legal Clinic is pleased to announce the creation of the Kenneth & Harle Montgomery Foundation Clinical Fellowship Program.

Spearheaded by a $250,000 grant from the Kenneth & Harle Montgomery Foundation, the fellowship program will train aspiring clinical teachers and public interest lawyers. Montgomery Foundation Fellows will work in conjunction with Bluhm Legal Clinic faculty and supervise law students on projects focused on the reduction of jail and prison populations. This will include representation of clients and development of policy initiatives.

"This program will focus attention on an important but neglected area of criminal justice reform by bringing to bear the resources of law school faculty and students on the multifaceted causes and effects of our nation’s high incarcerations rates," said Tom Geraghty, Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic. "Students working with the Montgomery Fellow and with members of the Clinic’s faculty will have a unique opportunity to work on cutting edge policy issues as well as work on behalf of clients who should not be incarcerated."

The goal of the Montgomery Foundation is to maintain and expand the Bluhm Legal Clinic's role in justice reform, in cooperation with the Clinic's centers including the Children & Family Justice Center, the Center on Wrongful Convictions, the Center on International Human Rights, and the MacArthur Justice Center. Fellows will be graduates from law schools throughout the country who have at least two years of legal practice experience.

The grant will fund one fellow per year and the first Montgomery Fellow will tentatively begin the two-year program at the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year. Interested applicants can send letters of interest and resumes to Shericka Pringle, Administrative Director, Bluhm Legal Clinic.

Northwestern Law's Bluhm Legal Clinic is one of the most diverse and comprehensive among the country’s law schools. The 13 centers within the Bluhm Legal Clinic house more than 20 individual clinics. For more than 40 years, the Clinic has remained a well-respected mainstay in the legal community, molding future lawyers and addressing issues of injustice.