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The fourth class of Government Law Center Fellows were recently inducted during a brief ceremony that spotlighted the programs and exlusive opportunities the students will have as fellows.
"You'll get out what you put into this Fellowship!" Damara Fredette '19, a GLC Fellow, told the audience.
Founded in 1978, the Government Law Center at Albany Law School provides the nonpartisan legal research and analysis that state and local governments need to better serve their communities. By bringing together a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers, students, scholars, and community partners, we prepare students for careers as skilled and leading attorneys in public service while informing nationwide conversations on government and the law.
Through our Government Law Center Fellows program, students undergo a three-year training process with tailored academic programs that prepare them to participate in the Center's work. They then work with staff attorneys and affiliated faculty and community partners to help produce the Center's research, publications, and special events.
The Fellows are offered opportunities through internships, mentoring, networking, and academics to enhance their learning.
Each year, the GLC inducts 12 to 15 incoming first-year law students into its ranks as Government Law Center Fellows. The Fellows are offered opportunities through internships, mentoring, networking, and academics to enhance their learning, providing unique access and instruction on law through a governmental lens. These students are carefully selected by GLC staff, and each student has expressed a dedicated interest in government.
The Fellows are also provided with unique access to mentors and advisors such as the members of the GLC Advisory Board, made up of Albany Law School faculty and leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, who provide their expertise and networks for furthering the success of the GLC. Fellows are invited to attend Advisory Board meetings as special guests. Additionally, Fellows have special opportunities to attend talks by Advisory Board members and faculty and to tour the NYS Capitol Building. The Fellows are also granted internships and research positions in which they can take an active role in GLC initiatives on immigration, police oversight, aging and disability law, rural law, and other topics.
This semester the GLC currently hosts three interns, all Fellows: Nick Fletcher '20, who is doing research on the Community Police Review Board with the CPRB coordinator, Clay Gustave; Methasim Mahfuz '20, who is assisting Senior Staff Attorney Kendra Sena by contributing research to the Explainer Series on state and local governments' role in immigration law; and Arianna Beltrez '19, who is working with administrative director Jordyn Conway on GLC outreach and communications projects.
Each week you can learn more about the Fellows and the GLC Fellows program by following the GLC's Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts, and subscribing to the GLC Monthly Update emails via our website. Check back in the spring of 2019 for "Where are they now?," an article featuring profiles of the GLC's first class of Fellows.