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Law alumni support bolsters students pursuing public interest careers

New summer and post-graduate fellowships funded by Duke Law alumni are enabling more students to get a foothold in the competitive field of public interest work.

Duke Law alumni have boosted their support for public interest fellowships, enabling more students and recent graduates to pursue highly competitive but low-paying or unpaid positions in areas such as public defense, indigent civil legal services, disability rights, housing, labor relations, international human rights, and civil work at government agencies.

In summer 2021, nine first-year and second-year law students were inaugural recipients of Alexandra D. Korry ’86 Civil Rights Fellowships, established by Korry’s husband Robin Panovka ’86 and their daughters to honor her extensive pro bono civil rights work that included helping end juvenile solitary confinement in New York. Korry, a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, died in September 2020.