Chan 12L Receives One of 19 National Public Defender Corps Fellowships
Robert Chan 12L is one of 19 law students and young attorneys selected for service in a new program designed to provide better representation for indigent clients facing criminal charges.
Now in its second year, the Public Defender Corps is “dedicated to changing the culture of indigent representation and systemic reform.” The corps is organized through Equal Justice Works and the Southern Public Defender Training Center.
Chan was selected from more than 450 applicants for the three-year fellowship. He will work in the Augusta (Ga.) Circuit Public Defender’s Office.
When launched last year, the program placed fellows in 10 host sites. This year, five additional sites were added in Augusta; Charleston, W.V.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Lafayette, La., and New Orleans.
Emory’s Ashley B. Graham 10L was among the 18 inaugural fellows chosen in 2011. She works with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.
“The competition for the Public Defender Corps program is intense,” said David Stern, executive director of Equal Justice Works. ”I am confident that the 19 chosen for this year’s class represent the best and brightest in the field.”
The program is supported by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.