Spotlight on 2012 PIFP Fellow Angela Brosnan '14
The Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program at Villanova University School of Law provides financial support to students who commit their summers to public service legal work. Many law students, dedicated to helping the less fortunate, are limited by financial constraints. Similarly, public interest legal organizations often cannot afford to hire much needed summer interns. Through fundraising, PIFP provides summer fellowships to Villanova Law students, who in turn aid the larger community by working with various public interest organizations and their clients.
An entirely student-run organization, PIFP funds student fellowships through a variety of creative endeavors. To date, PIFP has raised over $717,000 and has awarded over 150 summer fellowships. The highlight of PIFP’s fundraising efforts is the annual Spring Auction, held at Villanova Law School and featuring items solicited by students and faculty throughout the school year. The first auction, held in April 1998, raised $19,000 and funded six summer fellowships. The fifteenth annual auction was held on the evening of Friday, March 23, 2012 and helped PIFP raise over $67,000 to fund 15 summer fellowships.
2012 PIFP Fellow, Angela Brosnan '14
, spent the summer working at the Delaware Supreme Court Office of Disciplinary Counsel and at the Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender. At the Office of the Public Defender, Angela met with clients at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford and at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. She also assisted the public defenders in court by helping clients fill out ARD applications and guilty plea colloquies. At the Office of Disciplinary Counsel Angela created an internal catalogue of promulgated decisions by the Board on Professional Responsibility and the Supreme Court of Delaware. She became familiar with the Delaware Rules of Professional Responsibility and the process through which attorneys are disciplined. Angela believes that her experiences at these organizations made her a more well-rounded student, and will undoubtedly make her a better attorney.