January 26, 2011 16:00 Age: 3 yrs

Presidential Management Fellows

By: by Lori Johnston

For the first time, three Emory Law graduates were named Presidential Management Fellows, participat­ing in a 33-year-old program that identifies and trains future government leaders.

Gloria Huang 10L, Stacy Tolos Kane 10L and Angela Oliver 10L say their Emory education with their field place­ment and Emory Public Interest Committee experiences prepared them to compete among more than 8,000 appli­cants from U.S., Canadian and British universities. About 800 were chosen.

“Emory has always been known for its public interest work,” Oliver says. “Emory students really stood out in the way we showed our commitment to federal government work and to helping others.”

The intensive application process for the fellowship program includes nominations, a four-hour exam and inter­views. Fellowship recipients are eligible to work for a fed­eral agency, but must secure their positions on their own. After completing two agency rotations in two years and 80 hours of training a year, they can be hired permanently.

Fellows are chosen from an array of academic disci­plines and diverse social and cultural backgrounds, but all show an interest in and commitment to leading and manag­ing public policies and programs.

Gloria Huang 10L

“I didn’t go to law school thinking I would do public policy,” Huang says. “But through the years, just thinking about what I really wanted to do and what change I wanted to affect, policy seemed like a great way to do that.”

The Economic Development Administration’s role in awarding grants to economically depressed areas appealed to Huang.

“I thought that was valuable work, especially in the recession,” says Huang, who works in the eda’s Atlanta office.

Emory helped her develop ana­lytical and critical thinking skills and provided the legal knowledge to understand federal regulations in the grant-making process, Huang says.

“The field placement program was invaluable to my experience at Emory Law,” says Huang, who worked with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Office of the Attorney General of Georgia as a student. “It really took me out of the classroom and into seeing the law at work and in the government.”

Stacy Tolos Kane 10L

Kane, past EPIC president, sought to see how government worked from the inside.

Four days after the bar exam, she started with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Mission Support Bureau in Washington, D.C. In November, she became a special assistant to Alice Hill, senior counselor to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. One of her duties is working on a U.S. campaign to prevent human trafficking.

Law school trained her to analyze problems, a skill she is using as a fellow.

“I feel like I have a good ability to see where the holes are going to be and to try to figure out how to fix that problem,” she says.

Angela Oliver 10L

Oliver grew interested in public health through a field placement assignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So, she did not hesitate when the fel­lowship provided the opportunity to work in the cdc’s Arthritis Division.

“It’s a great way to be able to start your career in federal govern­ment and to be able to do policy work, which is something I’ve always been interested in,” she says.

Oliver is helping create arthritis policy initiatives and awareness, such as working on barriers to physical activity for individuals with arthritis.

“Law school really taught me the importance of using my law degree to serve others,” she says.

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