September 18, 1997
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  Wasserstein Fellows Appointed to Law School

Nine Wasserstein Public Interest Advising Fellows for the 1997-98 year have been appointed at the Law School. The program brings outstanding public interest attorneys from across the country to campus for one or two days each to counsel and advise law students about public service. Wasserstein Fellows are selected based on the breadth and diversity of their public interest experiences, their ability to advise students, and the areas of expertise that interest current students.

Fellows advise individual students on career options, speak with classes, and hold workshops, brown-bag lunches, and open meetings with interested student groups. The program was created in 1990 in honor of Morris Wasserstein through a generous gift from his family. The program is managed by the School's Office of Public Interest Advising, co-directed by Stacy DeBroff and Alexa Shabecoff.

The Wasserstein Fellows are as follows:

Lauri J. Adams (HLS '78), regional solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior in Anchorage, Alaska. Adams currently serves as an adviser to the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Her experience includes work as an assistant attorney general in Anchorage and as an attorney with the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, first as their regional director in Juneau and later as the director of their International Law Program in San Francisco.

Joaquin G. Avila (HLS '73), voting rights attorney in private practice in Milpitas, Calif. Avila litigates complex voting rights cases at all levels of the federal courts and conducts legislative and administrative advocacy at the state and federal level. He was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship last year in recognition of his work.

Previously, Avila served as president and general counsel at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

William H. Beardall Jr. (HLS '78), director of the Migrant Farm Worker Division of Texas Rural Legal Aid in Austin. Beardall represents farm workers through extensive litigation and advocacy. He is a labor law specialist, now also involved in legal work arising from the recent changes in welfare policies, especially as they impact legal immigrants. Beardall is a founder and board member of the Texas Appleseed and the Texas Appleseed Advocacy Fund, which are partnerships between public interest and private practitioners.

Martha F. Davis, legal director of the National Organization for Women Legal Education and Defense Fund in New York City. Davis works on issues that range from reproductive rights and violence against women to sexual harassment. She is also author of the book, Brutal Need: Lawyers and the Welfare Rights Movement, 1960-1973. Her experience includes working as an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York City, as a visiting staff attorney at MFY Legal Services in New York, and as a Fellow at Radcliffe College's Bunting Institute. She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1983.

Andrew Fois, assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. His experience includes positions in both state and federal government. He has worked as chief counsel to the Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, as an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., as a legal adviser to the Clinton-Gore Campaign, as an assistant state attorney in Dade County, Florida, and as a member of the legislative staff of U.S. Sen. Gary Hart. He graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1983.

David R. Riemer (HLS '75), director of the Department of Administration of Milwaukee, Wis. He has served as Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist's chief of staff. Riemer is the author of The Prisoners of Welfare: Liberating America's Poor from Unemployment and Low Wages. He has worked on health care issues as director of Managed Health Care Development for an insurance company, and as counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research. He has also worked as senior staff director for human resources with the National Conference of State Legislatures and was legal adviser to the Governor of Wisconsin.

Rod J. Rosenstein (HLS '89), associate independent counsel for the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr in Washington, D.C. Rosenstein served as co-counsel in the trial of Jim McDougal, Jim Guy Tucker, and Susan McDougal and is currently involved in the investigation of the White House use of FBI background reports. Rosenstein worked previously as the special assistant to the assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Also at DOJ, he coordinated the reviews of confrontations with the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, and the Weaver family in Ruby Ridge, Idaho. Rosenstein started his government career as an attorney in the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division of DOJ through the Attorney General's Honor Program.

Robert Rubin, deputy director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco. Rubin conducts and supervises legislative and administrative advocacy and class action litigation in the areas of voting rights, health care, higher education, immigration, public benefits, and economic opportunity. His experience includes consulting with President-elect Clinton's Transition Team through the U.S. Department of Justice's Immigration Cluster, as staff counsel to the ACLU in Mississippi, and as an attorney in the Mental Health Unit of the San Francisco Public Defender's Office. Rubin graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1978.

Shirley Sachi Sagawa (HLS '87), executive director of the Forum of Educational Organization Leaders in Washington, D.C. Sagawa directs an alliance of leading education associations representing parents, teachers, principals, school boards and other groups working on issues of public education. She has also served as the executive vice president of the Corporation for National Service, as special assistant to the president in the White House Policy Council, and as adviser to the First Lady. Sagawa has been senior counsel and director of family and youth policy at the National Women's Law Center and a counsel on the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, working on youth policy and education issues.


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