Jennifer Rodriguez-Fee '08 Selected as Inaugural Clinical Fellow
Southwestern alumna Jennifer Rodriguez-Fee '08 has been selected to serve as the first Clinical Fellow in the law school's Children's Rights Clinic. During this two-year position, she will assist in the representation of clients, the supervision of students and the development of course curricula. She will also participate in teaching the clinic seminars and receive support for research and professional development. As a clinic fellow, Ms. Rodriguez-Fee will work closely with the Clinic's director, Professor Julie Waterstone.
"I cannot imagine a more perfect person than Jenny for this position," Professor Waterstone said. "She brings practical experience in special education and regional center advocacy as well as experience as a clinical student. More than that though, she brings passion and enthusiasm, which is simply infectious. She is a great asset to our students and to our clinical program."
Ms. Rodriguez-Fee received her J.D. degree from Southwestern in 2008 and her B.A. degree from UCLA in 2002. An active student, she participated in the Moot Court Honors Program, Women's Law Association, Public Interest Law Committee, and the Children's Rights and Street Law clinics. After graduating from Southwestern, she worked for Woodsmall Law Group in San Marino where she represented clients in matters related to the educational rights of children with special needs.
"I owe a great deal to this program and to this school," Ms. Rodriguez-Fee said. "My three years at Southwestern were incredibly challenging and equally rewarding; the Children's Rights Clinic not only exposed me to a fascinating area of law but directly aided in my transition from 'law student' to 'lawyer.' As a clinical fellow, I look forward to promoting the clinic's purpose, encouraging and supporting clinical students, and representing those children in the greatest need of care and assistance. I am honored to return to Southwestern in this capacity."
Southwestern established the Children's Rights Clinic Fellowship and the Immigration Law Clinic Fellowship to provide a unique opportunity for young lawyers or recent law school graduates to gain experience in both clinical teaching and litigation in these areas. The new fellowships are being funded with the help of a generous donation facilitated by Randall Renick '95, a partner in the law firm of Hadsell, Stormer, Keeny, Richardson & Renick, who served as Plaintiffs' Counsel in the Smokeless Tobacco Antitrust Litigation, which resulted in a significant cy-prés award to Southwestern's clinics.