DePaul University College of Law alumna Mallory Morgan (JD ‘17) will be joining the law school’s Civil Litigation Clinic as a staff attorney through the post-graduate fellowship she received from the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association.
In an effort to help recent graduates gain on-the-job experience and increase access to justice in our communities of most need, the post-graduate legal fellowship program was created through a partnership between the IBF and selected law schools. The law schools and the IBF pay each fellow’s salary to work in each law school’s legal clinic for a year post-graduation.
Ms. Morgan acknowledged the need for public interest attorneys and her desire to serve through the IBF fellowship: “There is such a need for public interest attorneys but it is difficult to graduate from law school and immediately gain employment. I look forward to being one of the individuals in Chicago helping others attain the legal justice everyone deserves.”
Civil Litigation Clinic Director David Rodriguez is looking forward to Ms. Morgan joining the clinic staff later this summer. In his view, “the DePaul Clinic’s ability to serve underrepresented clients will continue to grow with the arrival of the second Illinois Bar Foundation fellow, Mallory Morgan, who will begin her one-year fellowship in August of 2017. Ms. Morgan will begin her fellowship after Caitlin Duane, the clinic’s 2016 IBF fellow, concludes her fellowship. Ms. Duane represented clients in consumer, employment, and housing matters, and the clinic expects Ms. Morgan to continue to represent clients in these and additional areas as the clinic continues to branch out into new areas of practice.”
Ms. Morgan graduated cum laude from Villanova University with a BA in History and Spanish Language Literature, and while there engaged in community service. After graduation, she joined DePaul University College of Law, in which she achieved numerous accolades, among those being a Public Interest Honors Scholar; receiving the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Scholarship as well as the DePaul University College of Law’s Chancellor’s Award for Service. Ms. Morgan also served as the associate editor of the DePaul Law Review and was a member of the Committee for the Center for Public Interest Law.
The Illinois Bar Foundaton is also sharing the cost of two public interest fellowships this year for new graduates at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Northern Illinois University College of Law. For more information concerning this fellowship program, visit the Illinois Bar Foundation website.