Summer brings announcements of new crops of fellows to the judicial branch, and the latest group chosen for the Supreme Court Fellows Program includes three law professors and a U.S. Senate committee counsel.
The late Chief Justice Warren Burger created the program in 1973 to offer talented individuals first-hand experience working in the judicial branch. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. has described the program as "a unique opportunity for exceptional individuals to contribute to the administration of justice at the national level."
The fellows work with top officials at the Supreme Court, the Federal Judicial Center, the Administrative Office of the U. S. Courts and the U. S. Sentencing Commission. They are chosen by a nine-member commission selected by the chief justice. In the past, fellows have been involved in projects examining the federal judicial process and seeking, proposing and implementing solutions to problems in the administration of justice.
The fellows in the 2013-2014 program are:
• George Everly III, counsel for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. Everly, a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, will work in the Office of Judges' Programs at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. His duties will include analyzing and implementing studies requested by Congress or the Judicial Conference of the United States, researching the federal rulemaking process and drafting publications regarding administrative issues of interest to judges.
• Michael Shenkman, lecturer in law and fellow at the Center for Law and Politics at Columbia Law School. Shenkman, a Columbia Law graduate, is a former Department of Justice attorney and has taught political science at Yale College and the University of California Washington Center. He is assigned to the Supreme Court's Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice, where he will work on speeches and reports, brief visiting dignitaries, prepare analytical reports and oversee the judicial internship program.
• Dawinda Sidhu, assistant professor, University of New Mexico School of Law. A graduate of George Washington University Law School, Sidhu has worked as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights and has taught law and held research posts at the University of Baltimore School of Law, Harvard University, Georgetown University Law Center and Stanford University. He will do legal research on issues and legislative directives pending before the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
• Stephanie Tai, assistant professor, University of Wisconsin School of Law. Tai, a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, teaches and lectures in the areas of food safety and environmental law. She will spend her fellowship year in the research division of the Federal Judicial Center.
All of their fellowships begin in the fall.
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