Ann Cammett’s talent as an artist, or skill as a semi-pro basketball star make impressive credentials for any resume. But it is her first-hand knowledge of the poverty, racism and violence of life on New York City streets and the sheer force of will it took to overcome that life that truly set Cammett apart.

Cammett, 38, the single mother of a 13-year-old daughter and a third-year law student at City University of New York Law School, is now determined to help female ex-offenders overcome similar legal and social barriers. She will get initial support for that goal from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which has chosen her as one of 27 Skadden Fellows for 2000.

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