Law Students Selected for Public Service Fellowships


Suffolk University Law School has awarded the first John E. Fenton, Jr. Public Service Fellowships to three law students in honor of Judge Fenton's 45-year legacy of teaching and leadership at the Law School.

Mary Lu Mendonca, Robin Morrell, and Michael Walsh, all members of the class of 2004, were named Fenton Fellows for their demonstrated commitment to public service as exemplified by Judge Fenton. They each received $8,000 to pursue summer or postgraduate employment with government and public interest employers.

Mendonca, of Peabody, is an evening student who works full-time as a legal assistant for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts. She is active in Suffolk's ACLU chapter and the National Lawyers Guild. Morrell, who is a day student, will join the New Hampshire Public Defender's Office in the fall. She is from Clarksburg, West Virginia. Walsh is the budget and policy director for State Senator Linda Melconian. He lives in Springfield.

For nearly 100 years, Suffolk University Law School, in the heart of downtown Boston, has remained one of the most respected names in legal education. Its expansive curriculum – more than 200 upper-level elective courses, specialty concentrations, joint-degree programs and an LL.M. in global technology – enables students to gain a strong academic foundation. A wide range of hands-on experience, including clinical programs, internships and moot court competitions, provides students the practical skills necessary to succeed. Suffolk Law's diverse and supportive community comes together in Sargent Hall, which was dedicated in 1999 and is among the country's most inspiring, modern and technologically advanced settings for the study of law.

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