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Georgetown Law Establishes Hillary Clinton Fellowship and New Public Interest Programs through Gift from John Delaney, L'88 and April McClain-Delaney, L'89

February 26, 2014 —

Georgetown University Law Center is pleased to announce the establishment of the Hillary Clinton Fellowship, which will provide funding for Law Center graduates to work for a year at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security. The fellows will focus on research, analysis and reports pertaining to international law, human rights and the actions of international organizations and governments.

The fellowships will be supported by a $1 million gift from alumni Rep. John Delaney, L’88 and April McClain-Delaney, L’89. The gift will also support the launch of two other important new initiatives that will prepare Law Center students and graduates for careers in the public interest. 

 Hillary ClintonThe Delaneys' generosity will make possible the creation of the Delaney Fellowship program. The fellowship program will allow a total of 25 graduates over the next five years to have one-year fellowships to work in the public interest.

Additionally, the gift will support the creation of the innovative Delaney Scholars summer program, which will help prepare students for careers in the public interest. The Delaney Scholars will be placed in the field with non-profits or government agencies, while taking a course involving lectures, group discussions and simulations, all designed to help prepare them for public interest careers.

The Delaneys’ gift will also provide $200,000 to support six opportunity scholarships awarded to students with the highest academic credentials and the most significant financial need.

“John and April’s remarkable gift will have a powerful effect. The Clinton Fellowship, the Delaney Fellowship and the Delaney Scholars program will empower our graduates to use their Georgetown Law educations for public service, and the opportunity scholarships will bring to Georgetown deserving students capable of making a profound difference,” said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor. “I am deeply grateful.”

The Hillary Clinton Fellowship was formally announced at a ceremony on February 25, 2014 at Gaston Hall on the Georgetown University campus. Secretary Clinton was in attendance. The program will support one fellow for each of the next five years. They will be selected through a competitive process.

The Delaney Fellows will each receive a stipend from the Law Center that will be matched by the organizations they are placed with.

“We hope these fellowships will help talented lawyers achieve their dreams, and make meaningful contributions in areas of national and international import,” said the Delaneys in a joint statement. 

The Delaneys have gifted more than $5 million to the Law Center. Their support allowed for the establishment of the Delaney Family Professorship in Public Interest Law, held by Professor Philip Schrag, in 2009, and has contributed significantly to the Loan Repayment Assistant Program — a pioneering program that helps public interest graduates repay student loans — and to the entry-into-practice program, which supports public interest work by recent graduates.

The Institute for Women, Peace & Security was announced by Georgetown President John J. DeGioia and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in December 2011 when Clinton unveiled the historic United States' National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. The Institute’s mission is to create a more stable, peaceful and just world by elevating and examining the effect of women’s participation.

John Delaney was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Maryland’s 6th District, in 2012. He has been the founder of several financial services firms, specializing in financing small to mid-sized businesses, including HealthCare Financial Partners and CapitalSource, and is the only former CEO currently serving in the House. He is a former member of the board of directors at Georgetown University.

April McClain-Delaney is the Washington director of Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization that provides nonpartisan information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume. McClain-Delaney oversees the Delaney Family Foundation and currently serves as vice chair of the Georgetown Law board of visitors. She is also active on the boards of various children’s and family charities.


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