May graduate wins Berkeley Law Foundation Fellowship

A 2009 graduate of the law school received a fellowship from the Berkeley Law Foundation.

Riddhi MukhopadhyayRiddhi Mukhopadhyay received a one-year fellowship for work  to be done at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. She will work with detainees at the Northwest Detention Center, specifically representing detainees with psychiatric and mental disabilities and working toward policy reform at a national level on how detainees with mental illness are treated within the detention centers.

Because of lack of funding, only one fellowship was awarded this year. "I feel very fortunate," she said.
She was one of the students who interviewed detainees for the Voices from Detention Report that was put together by the law school's International Human Rights Clinic and OneAmerica that detailed human rights violations at the Northwest Detention Center.

"This fellowship is especially exciting because it let's me continue with the work many of us started in last year's International Human Rights Clinic," she said.

Mike Clyburn accepted a prestigious position with the Presidential Management Fellows Program to in the Community Planning and Development office of the region 10 Housing and Urban Development office in Seattle.

Persis Yu, who received the two-year Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellowship, awarded to a talented, committed law school graduate at the beginning of her or his career in the area of poverty law. She will pursue litigation and advocacy work to address inaccuracies, misuse and bias in the credit reporting system. She will work on consumer protection cases, develop a clinic to address fair credit reporting issues and pursue impact litigation and legislation.

Brian Rowe, who was selected for a Google Public Policy Fellowship to work at Public Knowledge in Washington D.C. in summer 2009. The fellowship will give him first-hand experience working with legislators and activists on cutting-edge technology and access issues.