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Exploring Constitutional Originalism: TFAS Summer Law Fellowship Expands Legal Horizons


Fellows hear from Judge Lisa Branch.

TFAS is eager to welcome a new cohort of 23 law students to its nine-week intensive Summer Law Fellowship. Fellows will acquire the skills necessary to defend the principles of a free society rooted in individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise and constitutional originalism.

In addition to receiving two credit hours for classes on Constitutional Originalism and Law & Economics through the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, Fellows will participate in networking events, career development workshops and attend law and public policy lectures with leading constitutional scholars, judges and practicing attorneys.

2022 Summer Law Fellows.

Professors include:

  • Judge Gregory E. Maggs, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • James C. Cooper, Professor of Law; Director, Program on Economics & Privacy, Antonin Scalia Law School
  • Donald J. Kochan, Professor of Law; Deputy Executive Director, Law & Economics Center, Antonin Scalia Law School

Fellows will also complete a legal internship with a private law firm, lobbying firm, public interest legal organization or legal department of a trade association, corporation, or government agency within the D.C. area. Internship sites include Pacific Legal Foundation, New Civil Liberties Alliance, Institute of Justice, Senate Judiciary Committee, Federal Election Commission, and U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C.

Law Fellows hear from Judge Ryan Nelson at TFAS headquarters.

Now in its fourth year, the exclusive “Thoughts from the Bench” event series will allow Fellows the unique opportunity to meet and learn from sitting federal judges. Through networking receptions, lectures and Q&A sessions, Fellows can meet directly with the leaders who make decisions on major cases in the U.S.

These judges include:

  • Judge Ryan Holte: U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Judge Trevor McFadden: U.S. District Court
  • Judge Douglas Ginsburg: U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Judge Chad Readler: U.S. Court of Appeals

Overall, TFAS Law Fellows receive a well-rounded, constitutional grounding in the law with hands-on experience in the nation’s capital.


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