Every year, a handful of law students are selected to serve as PLP Fellows based on their academic records and demonstrated interest in public policy. In May, the PLP Program said goodbye to graduating Fellows, Elizabeth Bailey and Heather Marek.
Elizabeth Bailey will be clerking in the fall for Judge David W. Christel of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. As a Fellow, she researched the policy implications of Oregon’s free community college program. In addition to being a Fellow, Ms. Bailey was an Associate Editor of the Oregon Law Review and the Co-director of the Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund.
A dual degree candidate, Heather Marek will continue to work toward a Ph.D. in Sociology, and in 2018, she will clerk for Judge Joel DeVore of the Oregon Court of Appeals. Ms. Marek’s interest in civil rights led her to focus on the criminalization of homelessness and best practices to address the needs of the homeless. She has served as both a board member and law clerk for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Fellows engage in research about current policy issues and in conversations with policy leaders. The O’Connell Fund, honoring the legacy of Justice O’Connell, supports scholarships for 2L and 3L Fellows.
PLP Fellows’ policy research culminated in presentations at a Fellows Policy Roundtable, which included individuals with expertise in the students’ areas of research. Fellows also had the opportunity to engage in meetings with Mayor Lucy Vinis, City Attorney Glenn Klein, and Sen. Courtney’s Legislative Director Anna Braun.