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Mathew '21 Wins 2019 SABA GB Law Student Public Interest Fellowship Mathew '21 Wins 2019 SABA GB Law Student Public Interest Fellowship

Shannon Mathew06.06.19 — Shannon Mathew ’21 won the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (SABA GB) 2019 Law Student Public Interest Fellowship, sponsored by a generous donation from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. The $5,000 fellowship award enables law students to work in otherwise unpaid summer internships with community and public interest organizations.

Mathew will intern this summer at the Mental Health Litigation Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Through this internship, she will gain substantial experience in learning how to advocate for those whose civil rights have been obstructed due to their mental health. A graduate of the University of Florida, Mathew is the vice chair of communications for Northeastern LawSouth Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) and is also involved in the School of Laws Queer Caucus. 

I am humbled and privileged to be the recipient of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston’s Public Interest Fellowship Award. I would like to thank the mentorship committee for selecting me and WilmerHale for its generous sponsorship. This award means a great deal to me and my family,” said Mathew. “This summer, I am excited for the opportunity to further my knowledge on institutional inequities, apply my legal skills and advocate for those who are involuntarily committed to mental health hospitals. NUSL and SABA GB have supported my public interest goals of reducing the stigma of mental health, along with effectively representing individuals and communities whose constitutional rights are consistently at stake.” 

About the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston 

SABA GB is a non-profit organization and chapter of the South Asian Bar Association of North America. SABA GB strives to work with other bar associations, government agencies, and community groups to achieve greater involvement in and understanding of the American legal system by the South Asian community. For additional information, please visit www.sabagb.org.

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students an unparalleled full year of practical legal work. All students participate in four, full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 900 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.