May 13, 2014
2L Tyler Neish awarded Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship
University of Oregon School of Law second-year student Tyler Neish has received a Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship. The Bergstrom Fellowship is committed to inspiring law students to pursue careers in child welfare law — a field Neish has already shown great dedication to throughout his legal education. He currently is an Oregon Child Advocacy Project (OCAP) Fellow and, last summer, he was a child advocacy extern at the Multnomah County Juvenile Court.
Neish will start his three-day training on May 19 at Michigan Law in Ann Arbor, Mich. Once his training is complete, he will spend about 10 weeks of the summer working at his placement. Neish considers his future involvement with the fellowship to be a true privilege.
"Being selected for the Bergstrom Fellowship is an incredible honor," Neish noted. "Knowing that I will get the opportunity to represent the University of Oregon Law School while working with a group of people from across the nation is wonderful."
Eager to begin the fellowship, Neish also is thinking about how this experience will advance his career goals.
"I am excited to learn about the various juvenile law issues that are present throughout the United States. Most importantly, this will allow me to build contacts throughout the nation in the hopes of working towards solving some of these issues in the future," he added.
Oregon Law Dorothy Kliks Fones Professor Leslie Harris is thrilled about Neish’s new fellowship. She works closely with Neish as she directs the OCAP and has instructed a number of Neish’s family law courses.
“Tyler is already a wonderful advocate for children's interests. He has done great work as a fellow for the Child Advocacy Project, externed with a juvenile court referee in Portland last summer, and next summer will work for the only child advocacy law firm in Oregon, Youth, Rights and Justice,” she said. “I'm glad that UO Law can help him attain his goals and know that he's going to be a real credit to us.”
Neish noted that while Professor Harris has already been tremendously instrumental to his education, he looks forward to their continued work together in the future.
The last Oregon Law student to receive a Bergstrom Fellowship was Emily Marrer in 2010. Marrer currently serves as an attorney with the Native American Program of Oregon Legal Services, where she handles child advocacy cases. Receiving a Bergstrom Fellowship signals significant recognition of a commitment to child welfare law.