McGeorge School of Law

Washington, D.C. Summer Internships Prove Popular with McGeorge Students

October 3, 2012

The Summer 2012 Washington, D.C. Externs

The Summer 2012 Washington, D.C. Externs: From left, Patrick Brady, Andrew Hsieh, Alison Dinmore, Jared Christensen and Christine Tsai. Not pictured: Lauren Foust.

Six students served internships this past summer in the nation's capital under McGeorge's five-year-old D.C. Fellowship program.

"I had an amazing time at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office," Christine Tsai, '13, said. "I learned plenty about patent examination and prosecution. It was also great to know that McGeorge has such an active alumni chapter in the D.C. area. They made Jared [Christensen, '14] and I feel very welcomed."

Lauren Foust, '13, worked on legal projects at the Center for Medicare Advocacy, and Patrick Brady, '14, clerked for Judge Lawrence Hagel, '76, of the U. S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Affairs. Andrew Hsieh interned at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, which advocates for the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities.

"I chose to intern with the National Coalition for the Homeless because it is positioned at the national level to affect broader-reaching change for homeless individuals through education and advocacy," Alison Dinmore, '13, said.

Like the others, Dinmore was kept very busy. She created a resource guide to assist communities identify laws targeting the homeless (such as anti-panhandling, sitting and lying, and food-sharing laws). In addition, she researched and analyzed enacted and proposed legislation at the local, state, and federal level that adds "housing status" to existing hate crimes laws.

"The research will be included in the annual NCH Hate Crimes Report," she said. "I further supported the organization in researching the first "Homeless Bill of Rights" enacted in Rhode Island."

McGeorge has a limited amount of fellowship funds available for students who want to spend the summer in Washington, D.C. Its large alumni network there helps to place individual students.