Government Law Center at Albany Law School Hosts Summer 2020 Siena College Legal Fellows

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The Government Law Center at Albany Law School is hosting four Legal Fellows from Siena College this summer.  The undergraduate students will spend two months working with the Center’s legal staff and other faculty at the law school to experience law and policy research, writing, and analysis firsthand.  They will also have an opportunity to interact with members of the GLC Advisory Board, composed of alumni and other distinguished leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

“We are pleased to welcome this wonderfully talented group of Siena Fellows,” said Professor Ava Ayers, director of the Government Law Center.  “We look forward to helping the Fellows explore the law, gain new skills, build career connections, and further develop their professional identities over the summer.”

The Government Law Center began hosting Siena Fellows 20 years ago as one of the program’s original three partner schools.  Over the years, a high percentage of Siena Fellows have entered the legal profession, including many who have graduated from Albany Law School.  

The collaboration between the two educational institutions has been made possible thanks to Professor Len Cutler, Ph.D., program co-founder and professor of political science and pre-law advisor at Siena College, who also serves on the Government Law Center’s Advisory Board.

Our 2020 Siena College Summer Legal Fellows:  

Cheyenne Lufkin is a senior at Siena College majoring in political science and minoring in business with a certificate in pre-law.  Cheyenne served as an intern in the Albany office of Hodgson & Russ LLP and in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.  She was raised and currently lives in Argyle, New York.  For 10 years, Cheyenne has helped organize the Carl Lufkin Memorial “Pull for a Cure” held in Argyle to raise money for cancer research and treatment.

Oluwatosin Oluyede is a senior at Siena College majoring in political science with a sociology minor.  Oluwatosin is the Student Coordinator of the Siena College Upstander Program, a program designed to motivate students to act when witnessing cyberbullying attacks.  She is Director of Events Programming for Siena’s Black Student Union.  Oluwatosin was selected as a presenter for the 2019 Siena College Academic Showcase, a celebration of the College’s achievements.

Tyler Simmons is a senior at Siena College majoring in philosophy with a minor in political science.  A proud New Yorker from Harlem, Tyler has studied in Japan and France while enrolled at Siena College.  He received a Gilman International Travel Scholarship for the trip to France.  He has helped to support incoming Siena College students by serving as a tutor, peer counselor, and tour guide for the College’s Higher Education Opportunity Program and Academic Opportunity Program.

Timothy Zehr is a senior at Siena College majoring in political science with a pre-law certificate.  Timothy works as a second-year community assistant advising and mentoring freshman living in campus residences.  He is a project coordinator for the College’s NeXT program, where he assists a local nonprofit in bringing food sovereignty and wealth security to Albany’s South End community.  Timothy is a work-study student in the Department of Political Science & International Affairs.

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