Northwestern Law Alum Named 2013 Bristow Fellow

December 14, 2012

Elana Nightingale Dawson JD ’11 was recently selected as a national Bristow Fellow. The one-year fellowship with the U.S. Office of the Solicitor General, which will begin in the summer of 2013, is generally awarded to recent law school graduates with outstanding academic records.

“Northwestern Law really marked the beginning of my interest in appellate advocacy,” she said.  “I’ve had an incredibly strong and supportive group of professors, mentors, and judges who helped me get to this point. Without all of them this would not have been possible.”

 Bristow Fellows assist Office of the Solicitor General attorneys in drafting briefs in opposition to certiorari filed against the government in the Supreme Court of the United States, preparing petitions for certiorari and briefs on the merits in Supreme Court cases, preparing recommendations to the Solicitor General regarding authorization of government appeals in the lower courts, and assisting in the preparation of oral arguments in the Supreme Court.

Nightingale Dawson is currently a clerk for Judge Raymond Kethledge of United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and she also clerked for Judge Gary Feinerman on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She was a member of Northwestern Law's inaugural class of Accelerated JD students and while a student, she was active in the Supreme Court Clinic, a semi-finalist in the Arlyn Miner Moot Court Competition and participated in the Senior Research Program. This marks the second year in a row that a Northwestern Law graduate was named a Bristow Fellow. Jonathan Shaub JD ’11 was selected as one of four national 2012 Bristow Fellows.