University of Pittsburgh

2013 Nordenberg and Schultz Fellows Announced

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February 27, 2013

Four Pitt Law students have been awarded fellowships for overseas summer internships in 2013. Three will receive Nordenberg Fellowships, and one will receive a William F. Schulz Jr. Fellowship.

The Nordenberg Fellowships are funded by the Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Professorship, held by Professor Ronald A. Brand. Each fellow will receive $6,000. The William F. Schulz Jr. Fellowship is funded through the William F. Schulz Jr. Fund for International Legal Education. Schulz was a professor at Pitt Law for 33 years. The fund was created in his honor to support students who spend the summer working in an overseas human rights law internship.

Nordenberg Fellows

Elina Aleynikova Svistunoff (Class of 2014) will be a research fellow at the Institute for European Studies (IES). Svistunoff received a Diploma in Law from the Rostov State Economic University Faculty of Law in Russia in 2006, and an LL.M. from Pitt Law in 2010 as an E. Muskie Graduate Fellow. She worked as general counsel and head of the law department for the Priroda Group of companies from 2007 to 2009, and as legal counsel for the Rostov Branch of Russian Railways Logistics Corporation from 2011 to 2012. Svistunoff will spend the summer at IES conducting research on foreign corrupt practices.

Shelley Ostrowski (Class of 2015) will do a split summer internship at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, and the Resources Conflict Institute (RCI) in Nakuru, Kenya. Ostrowski received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2010. She worked at Skanska USA Building Company in Atlanta, Ga., from 2010 to 2012, where she earned recognition as Skanska’s only female superintendent in the southeast. She will be assisting Pitt Law LL.M. graduate and Moi University Lecturer in Law Vincent Mutai, ’03, to develop materials for a course on water rights law and will also intern at RCI, where she will focus her work on environmental and natural resources issues.

Drew Roberts (Class of 2015) will intern at the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo. Roberts received his bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland in 2011. He studied abroad for one semester at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and has worked as an academic director at the Universal Language Exchange in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic. He will work in the office of MP Vjosa Osmani, Pitt Law LL.M., ’05, assisting her with research, legislative drafting, and the preparation of legislative reports.

William F. Schulz Jr. Fellow

Marlene van Es (Class of 2015) will do a split summer an internship at Moi University School of Law and the Legal Aid Centre of Eldoret (LACE) in Eldoret, Kenya. She received her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources from Cornell University in 2011. She cofounded Project Leader for PALS: Partnership of African and Lansing Schools in Maseno, Kenya, in 2004, and continues to serve there as a project leader. Van Es will be assisting Moi University Lecturer in Law and Pitt Law LL.M. graduate Maurice Odour, ’04, in developing material for a course on health law. Her internship at LACE will involve providing legal services to HIV/AIDS patients and victims of domestic violence.


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