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Clough Center Selects Inaugural Public Interest Law Scholars


By Office of News & Public Affairs |

Published: May 31, 2013

Twelve Boston College Law students have been selected as the first Public Interest Law Scholars of the University’s Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, as part of the center’s mission to support students who are committed to service for others.

The PIL Scholars receive $5,000 grants for uncompensated public interest work this summer. During the 2013-14 academic year, they will be expected to participate in the Clough Center’s programs in the Law School and throughout the University, and will enjoy members-only events and discussions, providing a unique forum for intellectual discourse.

Students from the BC Law Class of 2014 selected as PIL Scholars were Raymond Burke ’05, Kelly Dees, Matthew Harris, Stephenie Johnson, Stephen Kelly, Tere Ramos and Jessica L. Frattaroli ’09. Members of the Class of 2015 chosen were Gabriel Gill-Austern, Andrew Haile, Lillian Khoury, Benjamin Levine and Nicole Poteat.

“The competition for these awards was fierce and I am delighted with the group we have selected,” said Law Professor Vlad Perju, director of the Clough Center.

Applicants went through a rigorous selection process, which included submitting a description of the organization for which they would be working, the nature of the work they would perform and how the position would relate to the mission of the Clough Center. 

Organizations where Clough Center PIL Scholars will work for this summer include the Environmental Protection Agency, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Disability Law Center, AIDS Action Committee of Boston and the International Organization for Migration.

Established in 2008, the Gloria L. and Charles I. Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College is dedicated to interdisciplinary reflection on the promise and problems of constitutional government in the United States and throughout the world. For more information, see

[Click here for profiles of the Clough PIL Scholars]