Fellowships

The Program on Law and State Government Fellowships provide extracurricular opportunity for law students to study and research critical legal and regulatory issues facing state governments in exchange for a tuition credit of up to $5,000. Working with the guidance and assistance of the Director of the Program on Law and State Government, fellowship responsibilities include developing and sharing their scholarship and hosting an academic event addressing the fellows' collaboratively chosen fellowship topic. Fellowships are designed to support students in their research and study of critical legal and regulatory issues facing state and local governments. The Program on Law and State Government will assist fellows' efforts to publish or otherwise distribute their academic papers to interested academic, legal, or state government communities.

Fellowships for 2014

  • Carlos Gonzalez, J.D. anticipated 2015
  • Chelsea Shelburne, J.D. anticipated 2015

2014 Topic

In Our Backyard: State Governments' Response to Sex Trafficking of Children

Sex trafficking of children plagues our communities. As awareness of this issue escalates, state governments face significant challenges in their efforts to address all angles: prevention, protection and prosecution.  Fellow Carlos Gonzalez is exploring creative and aggressive ways to prosecute and dismantle this industry.  Fellow Chelsea Shelburne is examining the juvenile justice system as a tool with which states identify and help at-risk children before they fall into a web of commercial sex.  Together, both fellows are communicating with experts, scholars, lawyers, victims, and policy-makers to help our legal and academic communities better understand the role of law and governance in combatting this difficult issue.   The 2014 Program on Law and State Government Fellowship Symposium, In Our Backyard:  State Governments' Response to Sex Trafficking of Children, will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014.  

Former PLSG Fellowship Symposium Topics