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One of the center’s signature initiatives is a fellows program that offers 12 paid summer internships to promising public-policy law students from seven Boston-area law schools, including three this year from BC Law. Fellows benefit from experiential learning opportunities in such fields as education law, civil rights, housing, and transportation policy. Past recipients have partnered with the Boston Mayor’s Office, the Office of the Legal Advisor to the Boston Public Schools, and the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, among other high-profile appointments.
The Rappaport Fellows will become deeply enmeshed in local and state public policy issues and will be encouraged to create scholarly works related to their placements that could spur future faculty collaboration, according to Executive Director Elisabeth J. Medvedow.
“Another unique aspect is that these fellows gather weekly, under the guidance of the executive director, to reflect on their work,” says BC Law Professor R. Michael Cassidy, the center’s faculty director. “There is a collegiality that builds among the fellows, which allows them to participate in a diverse network that will help them hone their leadership skills and prepare for future success.”
Another key program is the Rappaport Distinguished Public Policy Series at BC Law, which will further extend the center’s broad reach. This year’s open forums will focus on timely issues that may include transportation policy, public education, mental health, and the criminal justice system.
“BC Law will be a nonpartisan facilitator for critical public policy issues facing the region,” says Medvedow. “We look forward to the Rappaport Center being the place where meaningful dialogue occurs.”