A fellowship begins with a ripple but ultimately it can create a wave of social change. Fellowships offer an extraordinary opportunity for law school graduates to utilize their life experience, education, creativity, ingenuity and passion not for personal gain, but to make their communities and the world a better place to live.
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP supports different fellowships and grants to insure that all citizens have, among other things, fair and effective access to the justice system. The most recent Cotchett Fellowships include:
- Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Washington, D.C., Power-Cotchett Fellow, two-year term for a recent law school graduate. The Fellow helps develop, coordinate the handling of, and litigate the cases of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (TLPJ), a national public interest law firm specializing in socially significant civil litigation. The Fellow is sponsored by Joseph A. Power Jr. of Chicago's Power, Rogers & Smith, P.C., and Joseph W. Cotchett, both former presidents of The TLPJ Foundation.
- Public Citizen Fellowship, Washington, D.C., to provide a recent law school graduate with an opportunity to work on major public policy initiatives that affect public health and consumer safety: Nichole A. Alt, 1999; Melissa Luttrell, 2000; Dan Becker, 2001; Wendy R. Keegan, 2002; Leah Barron 2003-2005. A Public Citizen Congress Watch grant was made to support the work of Taylor Lincoln, research director, for 2006-2007.
- Disability Rights Advocates, Berkeley, California, Fellowship for Justice beginning in 1998 to improve health access for people with disabilities. The delivery of health related services is in crisis for people with disabilities, who are more likely to be uninsured, receive second-class health care even if they are insured, and pay more for their health care, insurance and benefits than people without disabilities.
- Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, Alabama, Cotchett Law Fellow, working on various civil rights cases including a lawsuit challenging the inadequate treatment provided to seriously mentally ill prison inmates in Alabama, voting rights cases in Georgia, Florida and Alabama, and advocacy on behalf of victims of hate groups.