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 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.


2020 Law Clerk Fellow

Maria DiGeorge

Maria is a 3L at 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 is 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.

2020 Fall College Fellows

Michelle Charles

Michelle Charles grew up in Charlotte, NC. She is a senior Presidential Scholar at Villanova University, double-majoring in Political Science and Spanish. On-campus, she is the first Black President of Blue Key Society, where she works to change the face of Villanova by diversifying its group of 300 student tour guides. For two years, Michelle has served as the Outreach and Logistics Director of Get Woke Nova, a campus campaign that sparks dialogue about diversity at Villanova. Additionally, Michelle is the Secretary of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated - Tau Xi Chapter. She is 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. Michelle is excited to continue her journey into the legal field as a College Fellow with Sauder Schelkopf.


Gabrielle DeBelen

Gabrielle DeBelen is a rising junior at 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.

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.

2021 Incoming Spring Law & College Fellows

Alice Elmer

Alice is a 3L at 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.

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. 

Josiah Laney

Josiah Laney is a senior in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University studying 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 seeks to foster an environment where all students feel a sense of belonging and value. He serves 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.




Fellowship Alumni

Law Clerk Fellows

Andrew Chung

Andrew Chung is a rising second year law student at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law who 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 his 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.  


Heather Swadley

Heather is a part-time 3L at 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 her 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.

College Fellow

Caroline Theuerkauf

Caroline Theuerkauf is a rising junior at 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 her 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.



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