Sparer Fellowship

Sparer Fellows

The Sparer Fellowship Program is an outstanding opportunity for high-caliber, qualified students to engage in concentrated studies and unique internships. Fellows are placed at leading public interest organizations, in the U.S. and abroad, providing legal services to underrepresented constituencies.

Read more about how some of the current Sparer Fellows will be spending their summer.

  • Maura has worked for 9 years in the nonprofit sector, focusing on women's issues including domestic violence and sexual assault. She is currently a pro bono coordinator at Her Justice, a nonprofit that provides legal services for low income women in New York City. She has also worked for the UN, Mercy Corps, and domestic violence shelters. Maura is a volunteer rape crisis advocate in the Bellevue Hospital ER and managing director for Project Playdate, which runs kids' parties that raise funds for young mothers. She has a BA in Spanish from Lewis and Clark College and a Masters in Public Administration from Suffolk University.

  • Ricky graduated from SUNY Stony Brook, majoring in Biology with concentration/minor in Bioengineering. He works work full-time with the NYC Department of Health's Bureau of Environmental Disease Prevention as a Public Health Sanitarian, where he manages and responds to cases of lead-poisoned children, as well as conduct primary prevention initiatives to minimize instances of childhood lead poisoning. He is also enlisted in the United States Coast Guard Reserve, serving part-time as a Marine Science Technician Petty Officer at Sector New York (a base in Staten Island) where he responds to oil or hazmat spills, and natural or man-made disasters affecting our waterways. Ricky is interested in working with regulatory policy and shaping how it actually affects people.

  • Ian worked as a forest firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, while earning a B.S. in Environmental Studies at Southern Oregon University (SOU). His interest in social justice and advocacy developed after living and studying in Ecuador in 2005, where he researched environmental security and public policy issues on the Galapagos Islands, in the Amazon Region, and in the Andean Highlands. After graduating from SOU in 2007, Ian moved to Alaska, where he served for five years as an Alaska Smokejumper, parachuting into remote locations in Alaska and the western U.S., in order to protect persons and property from wildfire and other natural disasters. He began his tenure at BLS in 2012, and spent his first summer as a BLSPI Fellow, working for the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project, teaching criminal justice to exceptional youth from Newark’s underserved communities. Ian is the Vice-President of BLS’s Latin American Law Students Association and Co-Chair for Law Students for Veterans Rights. As a member of the Moot Court Honor Society’s Appellate Division, Ian and his team emerged as champions of the International Criminal Court Competition. He also interned with The Bronx Defenders criminal practice and the Urban Justice Center’s Veteran Advocacy Project. As a Sparer Fellow, Ian will be interning for the Legal Aid Society’s criminal defense practice in the Bronx.

Learn more about the recent Sparer Forum.

Have questions? We have answers.

Sparer Fellowship Program
Marva Skeene
Brooklyn Law School
250 Joralemon Street, Room 800A
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Telephone: (718) 780-0351

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