This year, Gonzaga Law was one of only 12 law schools in the country to be chosen by the Patton Boggs Foundation for the Public Policy Fellowship. This fellowship is given to the schools to help fund an exceptional law student who will spend their summer working on public policy matters at a non-profit or government agency. Gonzaga Law rising 3L student Amy Carter was awarded this prestigious fellowship for the Summer of 2013 and will be working in Anchorage with the First Alaskans Institute’s Alaska Native Policy Center.
Focusing on Native Policy
During the Spring 2013 Semester, Carter worked with Gonzaga Law’s University Legal Assistance in the Indian Law Clinic, which provides legal assistance to local tribal members. This experience led to an interest in Native American law and policy. While working with the First Alaskans Institute’s Alaska Native Policy Center, Carter will conduct legal research, writing and analysis on public policy issues affecting Alaska Natives.
An Interest in Alaska
Carter received her BA in International Political Economy at Colorado College and her MA in Political Science at Vanderbilt. Carter’s interest in Alaskan policymaking issues began while working in the Environment and Fisheries Department of the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. During that time, Carter worked on issues such as the exploration of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. While working in K-12 education, Carter taught several American policymaking courses. Carter hopes that the work she does as a part of this fellowship will help her develop a better understanding of Native American and Alaskan issues, as she hopes to return to Alaska after finishing law school.
About the Patton Boggs Fellowship
The Patton Boggs Foundation, which funds the Fellowship, was established in 2000 with funds from the attorneys’ fees earned from a successful 25-year pro bono class action employment-discrimination case won by John Oberdorfer. Created to honor one of Patton Boggs’s founding partners, Jim Patton, the Foundation is committed to creating public policy-oriented opportunities for new attorneys.