The NAACP recently selected six students to participate in the 2010 NAACP/Kellogg's Law Fellow Program.
Through a highly competitive selection process, the following were chosen for the program: Angela F. Alves, Roger Williams University School of Law; Omar S. Gonzalez, Boston College Law School; Sergio Moore, New York Law School; Austyn W. Sanders, University of Cincinnati College of Law; Crii Spears-De Leo, Southern University Law Center; and Colleen White, CUNY School of Law.
Initiated in 2003, the Law Fellow program was created with the vision of developing future generations of civil rights attorneys.
As in previous years, the 2010 Law Fellows represent widely varied backgrounds and interests Ã¯Â¿Â½ however, each Fellow was chosen for their passion for and commitment to civil rights. The program is supported by annual grants from the Kellogg's Corporate Citizenship Fund, the philanthropic arm of The Kellogg's Co.
"I have long been an admirer of the NAACP Law Fellow Program, the caliber of students it produces and the excellent mentorship it provides," said NAACP Interim General Counsel Laura D. Blackburne.
"Having had the opportunity for the first time to be part of the selection process, I am impressed by the quality of applicants, and the integrity of the process. My one regret is that we cannot employ all the extraordinary students that apply. The NAACP's continued gratitude goes out to Kellogg's for its vision and support of the Law Fellow Program."
Law Fellows will work from NAACP Headquarters in Baltimore, Md., where they will participate in legal research projects related to NAACP initiatives, including predatory lending, public accommodations, employment discrimination, criminal justice, environmental justice, education, housing, police misconduct, and other civil rights issues.
Additionally, Fellows will moderate panels at the NAACP's 26th Lawyers Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar during the 101st Annual NAACP Convention in Kansas City, Mo.
The Law Fellow program will commence on June 1 and conclude on Aug. 6.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.