Four Temple Law Students Win Prestigious Public Interest Fellowships

Temple Law students have long enjoyed a reputation for leadership in the public interest community, and the class of 2017 is no exception. Amanda Cappelletti, Kelsey Grimes, Paige Joki, and Lizzy Wingfield have all won post-graduate fellowships to support their work in three different public service settings.

Amanda Cappelletti has been awarded one of the inaugural William Penn Fellowships, a new initiative by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. Cappelletti will be working at the Office of Child Development and Early Learning doing a combination of statistical, data, and policy analysis.

Kelsey Grimes has been selected by If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice as a Federal Fellow at Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE) in Washington, D.C. URGE is a youth-led, youth-based organization with campus chapters across the United States. Grimes will be working on policy initiatives at the state and federal levels that address abortion access, parenting with dignity for youth, comprehensive sexual education, sex positivity, and civic engagement.

Paige Joki and Lizzy Wingfield will both be working at the Education Law Center, Joki as an Independence Foundation Fellow and Wingfield as a Stoneleigh Emerging Leaders Fellow. Wingfield will be working to promote policy and practice changes focused on decreasing exclusionary discipline, reducing discrimination, and removing educational barriers that disproportionately affect LGBT and gender non-conforming youth in Greater Philadelphia schools, while Joki will focus on eliminating barriers to a quality education for homeless youth, at both an individual and systemic level, to create lasting change and elevate youth voices.