Georgetown Law Student Named Mitchell Scholar

November 22, 2011 —

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Georgetown University Law Center first-year student Tommy Tobin (class of 2014) has been named one of 12 George J. Mitchell Scholarship recipients selected for a year of graduate study at one of Ireland's academic institutions. Chosen among a highly competitive pool of 300 nationwide applicants, Tobin plans to study law at University College Cork during academic year 2012-2013.

"I am excited to join this incredible community of scholars," said Tobin. "It is especially meaningful as George Mitchell himself is an alumnus of the Law Center."

Administered by the non-partisan U.S.-Ireland Alliance, the Mitchell Scholarship honors the pivotal role former U.S. Senator and Georgetown Law alumnus George J. Mitchell (class of 1961) played in the Northern Ireland peace process. After a rigorous application process, up to 12 Mitchell Scholars are chosen annually to pursue a year of graduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Scholarship seeks to connect generations of future American leaders with Ireland, while fostering intellectual development, leadership and a commitment to public service.

Tobin graduated in 2010 with distinction from Stanford University, where he double majored in international relations and history. He was a recipient of the Deans' Award for Academic Accomplishment and the Lyons Award for University Service. He was also editor-in-chief of the Stanford Journal of International Relations. His inter-disciplinary research during his time at Stanford resulted in publications related to the history of helicopters, U.S. presidential succession and secondary school writing centers. As an undergraduate, he also interned at the U.S. Department of Justice and earned special recognition for his work on the trial team in United States vs. General Electric, a case in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire which resulted in an estimated $50 million judgment for environmental damages.

After graduating from Stanford, Tobin was a White House intern in the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. As an associate at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, he drafted a social entrepreneurship guidebook for university students. He also interned with Freedman Consulting, LLC, providing policy and background research related to anti-poverty, workforce development and hunger-related programs. Earlier this year, he was named a semi-finalist for the 2011 Echoing Green Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship.

A devoted advocate in the fight against hunger, Tobin led the Stanford Project on Hunger to recover more than 100,000 meals for his local community. He is the founder & president of Project FeedBack, a nascent national food recovery program aiming to connect food donors with beneficiaries. He also authored an action plan as an intern at DC Hunger Solutions. In recognition of his efforts, he was selected as a STOP Hunger regional honoree by the Sodexo Foundation in 2010 and as one of four national finalists for the President William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award in 2009.

Tobin will continue his studies at Georgetown Law when he returns from Ireland.

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