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Liberty + Leadership News: February 18, 2021


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TFAS Now Accepting Applications for Prestigious Summer Law Fellowship

Each year, the TFAS Summer Law Fellowship provides students from top law schools across the country with the opportunity to attend exclusive guest lectures and networking sessions with our nation’s most prominent judges and legal professionals.

We invite alumni, supporters and friends to share this opportunity with young leaders in law school. Fellows will gain professional legal experience and advance their careers through the intensive nine-week program in Washington, D.C. The TFAS Summer Law Fellowship prepares aspiring legal professionals to defend the values and ideals of a free society rooted in individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise and constitutional originalism.

The course on originalism deepened my understanding of and appreciation for the Constitution and made me both a better law student and a better citizen.” – Christian Townsend, Law ’19
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Intern, Cato Institute

The application deadline for this program is March 1. In addition to classes, internships and guest lectures, the 25 selected Fellows will also have access to site briefings at key legal institutions; participate in professional development seminars; and be matched with a mentor through our Attorney Mentor Program.

The program will take place from May 27 – July 30, 2021. Learn more about the Fellowship and apply today.

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TFAS is Fortifying the Young American Mind

This month, RealClear Public Affairs highlighted TFAS as an organization that “works to teach the American legacy of liberty rightly understood to students and teachers across the nation and around the world.”

2019 TFAS Public Policy Fellows visit Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello as part of their curriculum on the American Founding.

In the feature, RealClear editor Mike Sabo outlines TFAS’s numerous programs and offerings to support our mission to teach liberty and leadership to thousands of young leaders each year. TFAS Director of International and Continuing Education Programs Brenda Hafera and TFAS Journalism Fellowships Director Dan McCarthy both share key programs and the importance of TFAS’s mission in the article.

“To restore understanding of the American mind, TFAS teaches students how to protect and perpetuate the principles of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution by cultivating ‘the habits of a free people’ – the ‘don’t tread on me’ virtues of spiritedness, resiliency, and adventurousness that Hafera argues are pivotal to maintaining republican government,” writes Sabo.

He continues: “Hafera says that TFAS ‘programs seek to foster responsible citizens as well as future influencers’ noting that for many students, ‘their experience at TFAS is their first opportunity to engage with classical liberal ideas.”

Read more about TFAS and our mission to teach liberty and leadership in RealClear Public Affairs.

Law and Liberty: Ilya Shapiro Joins Dan Proft Show

Ilya Shapiro, director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute and esteemed member of the TFAS Law Board of Visitors, took the mic on The Dan Proft Show this week to discuss the constitutionality of impeachment and share details of the TFAS Summer Law Fellowship.

Shapiro discussed the role of partisanship in the impeachment proceedings and how the results of the trial could potentially set a precedent for future decisions. Shapiro explained the nature of impeachment as a political remedy rather than a criminal prosecution.

“The constitutional argument is a close one… Based on our history and the practice of impeaching former officials, [we see] the nature of impeachment as a remedy that isn’t just about removal but also disqualification from future public office,” Shapiro explained. “Ultimately, impeachment is a political remedy.”

Shapiro then spoke about TFAS’s Summer Law Fellowship, a program for law students who wish to enrich their education through classes, internships, and extracurricular activities over the summer.

“[Fellows] get an internship and take classes with leading professors from Georgetown and George Mason law schools on originalism, law and economics – these heady issues that [they] don’t typically get in a law school education,” Shapiro said. “It’s a broad program and I encourage anyone who is looking for a summer job, summer enrichment or something worthwhile to do to apply.”

To listen to the full segment and hear other TFAS segments on The Dan Proft Show, visit TFAS.org/ProftShow.

Post of the Week

TFAS Outreach Fellow Jorge Galicia joined Young America’s Foundation to speak out against the growing popularity of socialism in the U.S.


Elise Amez-Droz, PPF ’19, joins The Accad & Koka Report to discuss her recent piece in Discourse Magazine on the dangers of labeling workers as “essential” vs. “nonessential.”

Megan Rohn, PPF ’20, has been named as a Spring 2021 Constitutional Fellow with The American Conservative.

Zach Pagovski ’10, PPF ’12, is the senior manager for business development and institutional partnerships at the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC).

Tim Carney, Novak ’03, discusses his latest book, “Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse,” on Philanthropy Daily’s Givers, Doers & Thinkers podcast.

Senior associate at Dentons, Diora Ziyaeva ’05, is now also an adjunct professor of law at Cornell Law School.

Helen Andrews, Novak ’17, was interviewed by The Catholic World Report on her new book, “Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster.”

Shant Boyajian, Law ’08, PPF ’13, has been named as a partner at Nossaman LLP.

Tanja Porcnik ’04, ’05, ’05, PPF ’07, was interviewed by Consumer Choice Radio about maintaining human rights during a pandemic and how to keep government officials accountable.

Joshua Gonzalez ’20 was promoted to congressional correspondent at El American.

Charles McElwee, Novak ’20, examines how a booming “eds and meds” economy has led to a political shift in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, in a piece for RealClearPolitics.

Kaitlin Durbin ’11 writes for the Toledo Blade on a local police officer helping elderly patients schedule their coronavirus vaccinations.

John Gehring, Novak ’98, discusses religion and politics for the National Catholic Reporter.

Maja Simunjak ’09 has been awarded the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Leadership Fellowship to investigate emotional tolls of journalism. Her research will be made into a book in 2022, called “Tweeting Brexit.”

Blaise Misztal ’00, PPF ’09, co-authors a piece on U.S. policy in Iran for The National Interest.

Rachel Lu, Novak ’15, reviews Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s new book “Trust,” and the role he may play in the Biden administration amid America’s culture wars in a piece for Law & Liberty.

Reason Magazine senior editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Novak ’05, Peter Suderman, Novak ’10, and Matt Welch discuss Trump’s second acquittal, Biden’s economics and the CDC’s school-reopening rollout on The Reason Roundtable.

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