On October 25, 2010, the Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) awarded two DePaul alumni with CBF Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowships. Amany Ezeldin ('05) from Life Span and Katherine Zalewski ('07) from Uptown People’s Law Center each received $50,000 in loan repayment assistance over five years to help them continue their careers in legal aid. Amany helps immigrant victims of domestic violence gain safety from their abusers and obtain lawful immigration status. Katherine works to ensure due process for low-income individuals and their families. Three other local legal aid attorneys were also awarded fellowships.
Since 2007, the CBF awards five annual fellowships of up to $50,000 per fellowship to individual legal aid or public interest law attorneys who demonstrate a commitment to public interest work, academic achievement in law school, and outstanding character and integrity.
“Each of our Fellows has accepted the financial sacrifice it takes to ensure that those in need have access to our justice system. Each day these inspiring and impactful lawyers improve our community and make a difference in people’s lives,” said David Mann, Chair of the CBF Sun-Times Fellowship Selection Committee.
“One of the top priorities for the CBF is to make it possible for dedicated attorneys to pursue careers in legal aid and public interest law given the often overwhelming financial challenges facing this sector,” said Bob Glaves, executive director of CBF. “Through the CBF Sun-Times Fellowship, we are able to make it more manageable for these attorneys to serve the people in our community who are in most critical need of the protections of our justice system.”