Press Release - DLA Piper names sixth class of Krantz Fellows
DLA Piper is pleased to announce the sixth class of its Krantz Fellowship Program. The associates selected for the program, Jennifer Eldridge (Chicago office) and Olga Slobodyanyuk (Silicon Valley office), will spend their first year at DLA Piper dedicated to pro bono work.
''Krantz Fellows play an important role in our team’s efforts to bring about positive change for people in the US and around the world,'' said Lisa Dewey, director of New Perimeter and US pro bono partner for DLA Piper. ''Jennifer and Olga both bring impressive backgrounds and experience working with members of distressed communities and will be strong contributors as we continue to build on our international and domestic pro bono programs.''
The fellowship program honors Sheldon Krantz, former director of New Perimeter, DLA Piper's nonprofit affiliate that provides long-term pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world. Eldridge will focus on pro bono work in Chicago and across the US, including juvenile justice, legal advice clinics and immigration-related matters. Slobodyanyuk will split time between pro bono efforts in California and New Perimeter projects.
''DLA Piper's dedication to pro bono service is incredibly impressive and the opportunity to start with the firm in a role focused solely on pro bono was too good to pass up,'' Eldridge said. ''I was also drawn to the unique pro bono culture DLA Piper has developed, in which attorneys have the freedom to choose causes that they are personally interested in and where they have observed a need in the community.''
''After growing up in Russia and living abroad, the ability to work on global pro bono projects was particularly exciting,'' said Slobodyanyuk. ''I'm looking forward to developing my legal skills through the hands-on experience that has helped other Krantz Fellows build the foundation of a successful legal career.''
Since the Krantz Fellowship's inception in 2011, several associates have completed the program: Christine Bass (Chicago), Erik Choisy (New York), Katherine Jahnke Dale (Chicago), Maureen Howard (Washington, DC), Jesse Medlong (San Francisco), Ruchi Shah (New York) and Lauren Jeffers Tsuji (Silicon Valley).
Prior Krantz Fellows have moved into traditional associate roles within their respective practice groups, but have remained active in pro bono projects. Their work includes providing legal services and other support to veterans, survivors of domestic violence, and families in danger of losing their homes, as well as training government lawyers in Africa and supporting the concept of pro bono in Latin America.
Eldridge received her B.S.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. During law school, she served as a summer associate and summer law clerk at DLA Piper, where her work included support of such pro bono matters as drafting resettlement applications for Syrian refugees and the firm’s monthly legal clinic in the Woodlawn neighborhood in Chicago.
Slobodyanyuk received her B.A. in History and Slavic Languages and Culture from the University of California at Berkley and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. As a summer associate with DLA Piper, she worked in a wide variety of areas, including pro bono litigation. She participated in the Tenant Advocacy Project at Harvard Law School, advising low-income clients on housing issues, and lived in Moscow as part of a summer internship with UNICEF.
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