Sauder Schelkopf College Fellows

Sauder Schelkopf's College Fellowships provide college students with the opportunity to gain significant exposure to the legal practice. These paid remote fellowships serve students, who are seeking a career in the law or public service, with significant litigation experience in complex, high-impact national litigation.  We have also partnered with several nationally recognized public interest legal non-profit organizations to provide our fellows with an opportunity to work with some of the county's best non-profit organizations.  The Sauder Schelkopf College Fellowships are another significant way that the firm further supports its strong commitment to public interest law.

Former College Fellows

Alicia Linthicum-Amos

Alicia (she/they) is a third-year student at Georgetown University majoring in Government with minors in Spanish and History. She works as a residential contributor for Georgetown’s first Black student-run paper, The Blaxa, and is a member of the Black Students’ Association’s Visions of Excellence Committee. Alicia loves nature, dancing, and art projects in their spare time. She aspires to attend a southern law school and become a family or employment attorney admitted to the Virginia and Texas Bars.

What Alicia had to say about the College Fellowship experience:

My College Fellowship with Sauder Schelkopf was a life-changing experience. As a fellow, I was fortunate to have a supportive and healthy working environment where my ideas and contributions were valued. In this position, I sharpened my communications skills, learned how to do legal research, and more. I also confirmed a career in law, particularly in the personal injury practice area – as this experience proved to me that one could genuinely help people as an attorney. Working for Sauder Schelkopf prepares you well for the real world, but also allows you to breathe easy knowing you work for ethical & understanding attorneys who seek justice instead of profits.

 

Caroline Theuerkauf

Caroline Theuerkauf attends the University of Michigan in the honors program studying Political Science, International and Comparative Studies with a focus on international security, norms and cooperation, and German. She studied abroad at the University of Cambridge where she focused on philosophy and politics. On-campus, she is an elected representative for student government, a peer facilitator for the Global Scholars Program, the chief information officer for the Student Honors Council, a member of the Campus Climate Advisory Committee and is involved in the establishment of an undergraduate moot court association at the University. Caroline enjoys running, baking, and spending time with her family in her free time.

What Caroline had to say about the College Fellowship experience:

This summer fellowship has been an amazing hands-on experience in which I truly got to explore and be a part of the inner workings of class action law, allowing me to pursue and develop my interests in a meaningful way while making a positive impact on the world. Throughout several months, I encountered limitless learning opportunities and I am absolutely certain that I will utilize all the skills and lessons I learned for the rest of my career.

 

Michelle Charles

Michelle Charles grew up in Charlotte, NC. She was a Presidential Scholar at Villanova University, double-majored in Political Science and Spanish. On-campus, she was the first Black President of Blue Key Society, where she worked to change the face of Villanova by diversifying its group of 300 student tour guides. For two years, Michelle served as the Outreach and Logistics Director of Get Woke Nova, a campus campaign that sparks dialogue about diversity at Villanova. Additionally, Michelle was the Secretary of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated - Tau Xi Chapter. She was also a National Collegiate Spanish Honor Society member. Michelle has worked with the ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, gaining experience in public interest law and public policy.

What Michelle had to say about the College Fellowship experience:

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work for Sauder Schelkopf for six months as a College Fellow in the Summer and Fall of 2020. In this role, I got to do meaningful work assisting our attorneys with research, intake, and case development for high impact class-action lawsuits. I particularly enjoyed the variety of cases I worked on, with topics ranging from consumer protection to sexual abuse. Working for Sauder Schelkopf gave me a wealth of hands-on experience that I know will make me a better law student and a better lawyer in the future.  

Gabrielle DeBelen

Gabrielle DeBelen attends the College of William & Mary originally hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada. As a 1693 Scholar majoring in Public Policy and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies, she is passionate about the intersection between law and identity, especially in marginalized communities. On-campus, she is the Tournament Chair of William & Mary's Mock Trial team, a mentor at the Merrimac Juvenile Detention Center, and a member of the Filipino American Student Association. She is also a research fellow with the International Justice Lab, where she conducts social science research on human rights advocacy, transitional justice, and international law and courts. When she's not arguing in mock cases, she enjoys singing, petting dogs, and reading the New York Times' Modern Love column.

What Gabby had to say about the College Fellowship experience:

My fellowship with Sauder Schelkopf has provided me an incredible introductory glimpse into civil procedure and public interest law. From my first day on the job, I was able to work directly with the firm’s attorneys on cases that ranged from sexual abuse to product defects. These cases have a real impact on everyday people’s lives. Even though researching individuals and institutions that had wronged people was an intense process, I was heartened to know that our work would hold them accountable. Throughout my fellowship, the attorneys acted as invaluable guides and mentors. I was given direct feedback on how to understand complex complaints and documents, refine my legal research and writing, and effectively communicate with potential clients – skills and knowledge I will take with me as I develop my future career in the law.

 

Katherine Ruane

Katherine Ruane is a rising junior on the Dean’s List at George Washington University in DC but grew up in Cranford NJ. She is double majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies, with the intention of eventually going into environmental law. On-campus, she is President of Take Back the Tap, a campaign and organization aimed at eliminating the sale of single-use plastic water bottles. She is also heavily involved in community volunteering with her fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, as well as playing on the club Field Hockey team. She has previously served as the American Cancer Society Fundraising Director for GW’s Relay for Life. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to join Sauder Schelkopf as a college fellow during her virtual semester at home.

What Kat had to say about the College Fellowship experience:

My Fall fellowship with Sauder Schelkopf was a truly unique learning experience, allowing me to be directly involved in a wide variety of cases. It gave me insight into the different steps involved in casework, from initial research to intakes to reviewing briefs. The work was much more than just busy-work or something to pass the time; the cases I worked on had real impacts on real people. I know that I will take these skills far beyond this internship, and I am grateful to have been given this opportunity!

 

Josiah Laney

Josiah Laney is a graduate of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where he studied international politics with a concentration on foreign policy. Josiah is originally from Los Angeles, California, and relocated to Washington, D.C. in his pursuit to advance the financial and social well-being of Black, low-income communities across the nation. On campus, Josiah fostered an environment where all students feel a sense of belonging and value. He served as an ambassador on the student board of the first-generation, low-income scholarship program (GSP), as well as a board member on the Black Student-Athlete Coalition (BSAC) and a general member on the University’s Mock Trial team. His efforts have been honored around campus, winning the Patrick Healy Scholarship during his sophomore year and highlighted by the University for his commitment to supporting diverse communities. After graduation, Josiah will be joining McKinsey & Company, Inc. as a business analyst, and eventually hopes to attain a joint degree in public policy and law.

What Josiah had to say about the College Fellowship experience:

I found my experience at Sauder Schelkopf to be so empowering. Despite being a student, I was trained and trusted to speak with class members and write memos about relevant facts and information. As a College Fellow, I learned about effective research and compiled documents to support the pioneering work of the attorneys at the firm. It was particularly meaningful to learn how class action lawsuits keep organizations accountable and the impact that they have on their consumers and even further, how they can serve as another avenue to bring justice for cases such as sexual misconduct in educational institutions. I found the attorneys to be so supportive and they have inspired me to be ambitious and pursue further education in the future!

 

 

 

Alexis Allen

Alexis Allen is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia from Richmond, Virginia. She is majoring in Youth and Social Innovation and on track to receive a Master’s degree in Leadership and Public Policy. She plans to use her degrees to work in the education policy field advocating for youth. She hopes to serve as a policy analyst on topics that impact youth and disadvantaged or marginalized communities. At UVA she participates in a multitude of mentoring programs that give her the opportunity to engage within the Charlottesville community such as College Mentors for Kids, the Young Women Leaders Program, and My Sister’s Keeper. Additionally, she is a Curry student ambassador and previously served as a Senior Leader for Orientation and New Student Programs at UVA. Alexis looks forward to serving as a Sauder Schelkopf Law Clerk and College Fellow. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, hosting game nights with friends, and taking walks around the beautiful city of Charlottesville.

What Alexis had to say about the College Fellowship experience:

I learned a lot during my time at Sauder Schelkopf. I learned how to become a better researcher and gained an unforgettable experience by working with some very talented lawyers. I enjoyed conducting interviews with people who contacted the firm seeking help. Being able to speak with different people about their experiences with a product or company was interesting. I enjoyed my entire experience.

Indiyah Mabry

Indiyah Mabry is a rising 4th-year student at the University of Virginia. She is double majoring in African and African-American Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with a minor in Spanish. At the University of Virginia, Indiyah is a 3-year competitor for Virginia’s Nationally Ranked Mock Trial team, where she has served as Tournament Director, and has won numerous witness awards. As an Echols Scholar, she is a peer mentor and works to make the university welcoming for all students. Ultimately, Indiyah is dedicated to public service and aiding marginalized communities. She interned at UVA’s LGBTQ Center and also volunteered with the RECH Foundation to help formerly incarcerated women’s re-entry into society. Given her passion for activism and advocacy, she plans to pursue a career in civil rights law. Indiyah looks forward to serving as a Sauder Schelkopf Law Clerk and College Fellow. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, and learning new languages.

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