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The Marvin D. Nathan Endowed Fellowship Fund

Endowed by Marlene N. Meyerson to honor and recognize her cousin Marvin D. Nathan, a distinguished alumnus of the class of 1966 of the University of Houston Law Center, the Marvin D. Nathan Endowed Fellowship Fund established with the University of Houston Law Foundation provides an award to a UH Law Center student to participate in a Summer Fellowship Program at the Anti-Defamation League, Houston Regional Office.

Description of the Fellowship

The Marvin D. Nathan Fellow will be afforded the unique opportunity to participate both in the Anti-Defamation League’s (“ADL”) day-to-day legal work and its day-to-day Regional Office work. The fellow will participate in both the legal and policy work of the organization, learning how ADL fights anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry, works to build bridges amongst disparate groups, and safeguards the rights of all people.

The fellowship will last 5 weeks, to coincide with the Law Center’s summer academic calendar.  The fellow will commit to a minimum of 35 hours per week.  The award fellowship award is $5000 and will be paid out in three installments (beginning, middle and end) over the course of the fellowship period.

2016 Summer Dates are: Summer II  (June 5 – July 6) and Summer IV (July 12 – August 14)

Application Process

Prospective fellows will compete in a formal application process that includes a personal statement, resume, and two references.  The personal statement of 500 words or less should detail a student’s interest in the ADL and any past experiences that are relevant to the student’s ability to make a contribution to this organization.  Information regarding the student’s background, qualifications, or commitment to public service should be outlined in the personal statement. 

To be eligible to apply, students must be enrolled in good standing at UH Law Center, have completed 30 semester hours and taken Constitutional Law prior to the fellowship summer.  The student selected must satisfactorily pass a criminal background check as requested by the Anti-Defamation League.

Finalists for the fellowship grant will be asked to complete a personal interview with the Fellowship Selection Committee, which is comprised of the Dean of the University of Houston Law Center (or his designee), the Jean & Jerry Moore Southwest Regional Counsel of the ADL, and Marvin Nathan (or his designee).

Following the summer fellowship, the student is required to account for the time with the ADL and to submit a summary detailing the ways in which the fellowship experience will affect the student’s future career.

Application Deadline – Monday, February 29, 2016
Submit to jaaron@Central.UH.EDU  with a subject line: Nathan Fellowship