The Office of Public Interest and Community Service and the Blume Public Interest Scholars Program at Georgetown Law welcomed six public interest lawyers to be members of the inaugural class of the Blume Public Interest Leaders in Residence program in Fall 2022. We are excited to invite a new class of applicants to join us in 2023. The program deepens the connection between the Georgetown Law public interest community and practitioners who are making significant contributions to important and emerging areas of public interest practice.

Responsibilities and Funding

Each Leader in Residence will complete a 3-day residency during the Fall 2023 semester at Georgetown Law’s campus in Washington, D.C. During their residency, they will provide career-related professional development and advising to the Blume Scholars and other public interest-minded students through scheduled one-on-one advising meetings, group learning sessions, and on-campus speaking engagements, including leading a session of the Blume Scholars’ Upper Level Seminar. 

Leaders in Residence will also collaborate with Blume Scholars and the Office of Public Interest and Community Service on practice-area specific resource development, to ensure that Leaders’ insight and expertise is available to the broader Georgetown Law community.

Leaders in Residence will receive a $1000 honorarium and funding support for lodging, meals, travel, and transportation. 

The Leaders in Residence Program is open to applicants who must participate virtually. 


Applicants to the program must be current public interest practitioners with substantive public interest practice and leadership experience. The Leaders in Residence Program views leadership broadly. Leaders often contribute to public interest practice in meaningful ways that are not evident from a particular job title or level of seniority within an organizational structure. There are no minimum years of practice and applicants should discuss in their application their meaningful contributions to and changemaking in public interest practice as well as their interests in, and experience with, mentoring and supporting emerging public interest leaders.

Selection Process

Applicants must fill out the online application form by March 31, 2023. Please be prepared to upload the following as part of the application:

  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation, and a list of two additional references, one of which should be from a person that the applicant has mentored and/or advised.

Applicants will be selected by a committee that includes Blume Scholars, OPICS Staff, and Georgetown Law Faculty.  Applicants may be asked to speak briefly with a member of the Selection Committee as part of the selection process. Applicants will be selected based on their demonstrated commitment to public interest lawyering, their potential contributions to the Leaders in Residence program, and their capacity to advise, mentor, and collaborate. The program will update applicants on their status by May 19, 2022.

Inspired by Harvard Law School’s Wasserstein Fellows program, the Leaders in Residence program is made possible by a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The Blume Public Interest Scholars Program recognizes a $10 million naming gift from the 1980 law alumnus Bruce Blume and his wife, Ann.

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