McGeorge School of Law

D.C. Fellowship Students Share Intern Experiences

September 19, 2014

D.C. Fellowship Interns Bonnie Johnston, ’15, Jennifer Domer, ’15, and Robert Ashley, ’15.

Three McGeorge students interned this past summer in the nation's capital as part of the law school's seven-year-old D.C. Fellowship Program.

Jennifer Domer, '15, worked at the D.C. Council, under Councilmember McDuffie's Legislative Counsel Kate Mitchell, '11, doing legislative policy.

"I wrote committee reports, briefed Counsel on bills and research, researched and compiled information that will be the background and starting point for future legislation, and worked on amended current bills for future legislation," said Jennifer. "It was an amazing experience seeing the U.S. Capital on my way to work every morning, and working on bills that will directly help the citizens of D.C.."

Judge Lawrence Hagel in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C served as the internship location for Robert Ashley, '15. Robert conducted legal research on a wide variety of topics including the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) and various issues pertaining to veterans law. In addition to legal research, he drafted numerous opinions, orders, and memoranda for Judge Hagel and assisted law clerks within the office on various special projects.

"I had a wonderful experience and learned a tremendous amount about veterans law and the federal court system," said Robert.

Bonnie Johnston, '15, interned at the Department of Justice, in the environmental torts section of the Civil Division. Her work during the internship consisted mostly of legal research, motion and memorandum drafting, and editing.

"There were also opportunities to go on expert witness trips, sit in on depositions, and visit other areas in the Department of Justice," said Bonnie. "Overall, it was an extremely rewarding and influential experience."

The McGeorge D.C. Fellowship Program allocates fellowship funds for students who want to spend the summer in Washington, D.C. in a public interest or government position. This summer the fellowship students also attended a reception on June 23, 2014, where they met up with more than 70 D.C.-area alumni from McGeorge.