University of Pittsburgh

Five Pitt Law Students Named 2014 Presidential Management Fellows Semifinalists

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December 20, 2013

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program has announced the semifinalists for the PMF Class of 2014. Among them are five Pitt Law students: Cressinda Schlag (’14), Malik Ahmad (’13), Sarah Paulsworth (’13), Durwin Fuller, Jr. (’12), and Richard Grubb (’10, in a joint degree with the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs). The University of Pittsburgh has nine semifinalists in total including the five from Law, four from GSPIA, and one from the School of Social Work. 

Semifinalists next must complete in-person assessments, and finalists are scheduled to be announced in March. Last year, three Pitt Law students were finalists for the PMF Class of 2013: Sarah Posner, Lauren McChesney, and Bryan Murray.

For this highly competitive opportunity the University of Pittsburgh has the second most PMF semifinalists out of schools in Pennsylvania, outpacing schools such as Temple and Penn State. 

Bearing the Presidential moniker, the PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program under the U.S. Office of Personnel Management designed for advanced degree candidates seeking a two year employment fellowship in a U.S government agency. Established in 1977 by Executive Order, the PMF Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible from graduate schools across the U.S., developing a cadre of potential government leaders. After a two year fellowship, PMF recipients have the opportunity to land a full-time government position with a civil service rank. The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in a variety of government agencies such as the Department of Commerce, Health and Human Services or the FBI.

In 2013, 630 finalists were selected from over 12,000 applicants. Visit the Presidential Management Fellows Program website at  to learn more about this esteemed opportunity.

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