Sauder Schelkopf Law Clerk and College Fellows

Sauder Schelkopf's Law and College Fellowships provide law and 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 Law and College Fellowships are another significant way that the firm further supports its strong commitment to public interest law.

Former Fellows

Law Clerk Fellows

Maria DiGeorge

Maria is a graduate of Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. She holds an MSc from the London School of Economics International Inequalities Institute. Prior to law school, Maria was active in government and political work. She served as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for the Pennsylvania Department of State and worked on various political campaigns. Maria was awarded the Peggy Browning Fellowship, a highly selective, nationwide program that provides work experience promoting social and economic justice to high-achieving law students with a demonstrated passion for workers’ rights.  Maria was a member of Temple’s Trial Team and Moot Court Team. She is a passionate client advocate and is particularly interested in employee rights. Maria enjoys hiking and kayaking with her rescue dogs, Dobby and Sirius.

What Maria had to say about the Law Fellowship experience:

I am extremely grateful to have spent my 3L year as a Law Clerk Fellow with Sauder Schelkopf. Through this experience, I felt myself transitioning from a law student to an attorney. The firm encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and take on new challenges. As a result, I learned to exercise more independent judgment and trust my instincts. I had exposure to various areas of legal work - interviewing class members, investigating potential lawsuits, finding answers to nuanced legal questions, drafting complaints and briefs, and observing depositions. The attorneys were absolutely wonderful to work with. They took time from their busy schedules to mentor me and ensure I was having a positive experience. Whenever I had a question, they patiently walked me through their thought processes so that I could understand the work I was doing in its broader context. I feel fulfilled to know that I played a role in holding companies accountable to consumers and in attaining some sense of validation for victims of repeat sexual abusers. The firm even connected me with a pro bono opportunity where I helped a veteran and survivor of military sexual abuse to receive the benefits to which she was entitled. I could not have asked for a better experience and I highly recommend Sauder Schelkopf to motivated law and undergraduate students.

Andrew Chung

Andrew Chung attends the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and grew up in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. As an undergraduate at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, he majored in philosophy and public affairs, writing his senior thesis on Immanuel Kant and the doctrine of double effect. He was also a research associate for the Rose Institute of State and Local Government and the Chief Technology Officer for the Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College. Following undergrad, Andrew went on to attend the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he received a master's degree with merit in political theory. Prior to joining Sauder Schelkopf as a summer law clerk fellow, he completed internships at the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and listening to music.

What Andrew had to say about the Law Fellowship experience:

During the summer of 2020, I was fortunate enough to be selected as a summer law clerk fellow at Sauder Schelkopf. The experience was a truly fascinating and unforgettable one. Over the course of several months, I received a crash course in the high-stakes world of class action litigation. I researched case law, helped to write briefs and memos, and even got to sit in on meetings where hundreds of millions of dollars were on the line. Perhaps even more importantly, I had the opportunity to work on cases that directly affect the lives of ordinary Americans all across the country. One particularly memorable example of this was when I was able to attend a hearing in front of a United States District Court judge that made the news just a few hours later. There is no shortage of moments like these at Sauder Schelkopf. By being a summer law clerk fellow, I was able to not only gain the practical skills and knowledge needed to be an attorney, but to also work on cases that made a positive impact on the world around me. I would recommend this clerkship to any law student looking to obtain a real-world and practical understanding of the law.  

Amanda Harding

Amanda is a rising third-year law student at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. At Villanova, Amanda is the Editor-in-Chief for the Villanova Law Review. Her forthcoming law review note discusses the relationship between students’ First Amendment rights in school and their use of social media while off-campus. Prior to working at Sauder Schelkopf, Amanda worked as a judicial intern in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Additionally, she was a summer research assistant for both Professor Amy Emerson and the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy. Before law school, Amanda graduated magna cum laude from the University of Delaware with a degree in criminal justice and minors in psychology and legal studies. In her free time, Amanda enjoys running, cooking, and going to the beach.

Heather Swadley

Heather attends Temple Beasley School of Law, where she is the Lead Articles Editor for Temple Law Review, Vol. 93. She is concurrently finishing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Heather is interested in civil procedure, particularly class action procedure. She wrote her forthcoming law review comment on ascertainability requirements for class certification.  Prior to working at Sauder Schelkopf, Heather was a Summer Associate at Relman Colfax PLLC and interned at the Women’s Law Project and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Before law school, Heather spent 3 years in London, receiving her master’s in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and working in Parliament. In her free time, Heather enjoys hanging out with her two rescue cats, Charlie and Iris, rewatching Gilmore Girls, and traveling (when there is not a global pandemic).

What Heather had to say about the Law Fellowship experience:

I have greatly appreciated the chance to grow as a litigator during this experience. I was given hands-on work drafting motions and complaints, as well as researching complicated questions of law. I appreciated the collegial environment of the firm and the opportunities for growth I was given. Also, as a civil procedure nerd, I really enjoyed being able to see how procedural arguments play out in practice.

 

Alice Elmer

Alice is a graduate of Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, where she will graduate with a Certificate in Business Law. She is a Law & Public Policy Scholar and a Weisman Fellow. Prior to working at Sauder Schelkopf, Alice interned with the Office of Attorney General in Pennsylvania, and with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. Alice is interested in litigation and policy, particularly class action. She has studied economics through the lens of law and written on the topics of Federal student loan debt and elder abuse financial frauds, as well as issues local to Philadelphia that include housing displacement and landlord-tenant law. Valuing Temple’s vibrant scholarly community, she has held leadership positions with Outlaw, the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, and the Women’s Law Caucus. Eager to begin practicing, she has participated in the Employment Advocacy Project, the Name Change Project, and the Pro Se Asylum Clinic—all experiences where she helped clients. Before law school, Alice worked in book publishing for five years. Through publishing, she learned the value of stories and cultivated an editor’s attention to detail. When she is not focused on school, Alice enjoys cooking, the outdoors, and traveling as often as possible.

Raul Orozco

Raul Orozco is a rising second year law student and Global Law Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center, where he is also pursuing an MA in German and European Studies. At the Law Center, Raul is a Staff Editor on the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and member of Georgetown’s Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Team. Prior to joining Sauder Schelkopf as a Summer Law Clerk Fellow, Raul served as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Laura A. Cordero at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In addition, he worked as a Research Assistant for the Georgetown Law Journal’s Annual Review of Criminal Procedure and assisted the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland serving veteran clients. Before attending Georgetown, Raul was a professional ballet dancer and graduated cum laude from the University of Denver with a degree in Philosophy. In his free time, Raul enjoys CrossFit and improving his German language skills.

What Raul had to say about the Law Fellowship experience:

I am grateful for having been selected as a Law Clerk Fellow for summer 2021 at Sauder Schelkopf because through this fellowship, I gained substantive experience in the field of class action litigation in a collegial and supportive environment. From day one, the firm entrusts its fellows to undertake challenging research and writing tasks that help us grow as future litigators. For example, my research tasks often required me to grapple with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the procedure of federal and state courts to assist in moving the firm’s cases forward. Similarly, one of the highlights of my time as a Law Clerk Fellow was writing a memorandum regarding whether there were grounds to file a class action lawsuit. In addition to legal research and writing, I also had the opportunity to independently conduct factual client intakes in both English and Spanish. Working directly with clients underscored for me that it is a privilege to be a legal advocate. Sauder Schelkopf’s Law Clerk Fellowship is one I would recommend to anyone who is interested in gaining significant litigation experience with an incredible team of lawyers. 

College Fellows

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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