Pro Bono News

Skadden Fellow Joins Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

  • Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
  • Source: CALegalAdvocates (Decommissioned) >
The Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) is pleased to announce that Charlotte Lanvers, a 2007 graduate of the Cornell Law School, who spent the summer of 2005 as an intern at DREDF, has returned as a Skadden Fellow. As a staff attorney Ms. Lanvers will work to ensure that children with diabetes and other chronic conditions and disabilities receive legally required accommodations that enable them to participate in public education and childcare programs. The Skadden Fellowship was established by the law firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in 1988 to commemorate the firm's 40th anniversary, in recognition of the need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the unrepresented and underrepresented. The Foundation also gives Fellows the freedom to pursue public interest work, providing each Fellow with salary and benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring organization would be entitled. Fellowships are awarded for one year, with the expectation of renewal for a second year, and are based upon each applicant's academic performance, demonstrated commitment to the public interest, and the quality of his or her project. Ms. Lanvers earned an A.B. degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 2004. In 2003, while a student at Princeton she was one of 76 students in the US to be awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship in recognition of her leadership potential and commitment to public service. She earned a J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2007, where she interned at Cornell Legal Aid focusing on public benefits hearings and appeals. At Cornell, she conducted research for the Employment and Disability Institute at the Industrial School of Labor Relations focusing on the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) employment discrimination cases, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) discrimination charge data. At Cornell she was a recipient of the Freeman Award for Human-Civil Rights and the Morris P. Glushien Prize for the best student note focusing on a social problem: "Different District Court, Different Disposition: An Empirical Assessment of ADA, Title VII Race and Sex, and ADEA Employment Discrimination Dispositions in Federal District Court, " in 16:2 of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. "We are incredibly fortunate to have Charlotte back at DREDF as a Skadden Fellow," said Arlene Mayerson, DREDF Directing Attorney. "In 2005, while a student intern at DREDF we hoped that Charlotte's commitment to equality of opportunity for children and adults with disabilities, and her intellectual ability and passion for the law would lead her back to DREDF and disability rights law."