Six Rutgers School of Law–Newark students have been selected as Eagleton Fellows for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University awards one-year fellowships annually through four related programs: Harold and Reba Martin Fellowships, Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellowships, Governor’s Executive Fellowships, and an Eagleton Alumni Fellowship.
The program, which boasts more than 1,500 alumni, is open to all Rutgers graduate students with an interest in politics and government. The fellowships are designed to complement academic study; fellows work toward their graduate degrees without interruption. During the fall students take a seminar in applied politics to prepare them for the spring semester, when they are placed with an office in the New Jersey legislature, the Governor’s Office, an executive agency, or other government-related office for at least 15 hours a week.
Following is a profile of the law school’s 2012-2013 Eagleton Fellows:
Whitney English ’13, a Governor’s Executive Fellow, received her B.A. in journalism and mass communications with a minor in history from New York University. Prior to law school she worked for Teach for America and Credit Suisse. In summer 2011 she participated in a legal internship program at AT&T and last summer she was an Education Pioneers Fellow at the New York City Department of Education. English is a managing editor of the Rutgers Law Record, a recipient of the Association of Black Women Lawyers Scholarship Award, and a member of the Minority Student Program Student Committee. She seeks to use her law degree to have an impact in the fields of education law and employment law.
Randy Gray ’13, editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal, earned a B.A. in political science and English from Wake Forest University, where he was the founder of the English Student Association. His professional experience before entering law school included working as a staffer for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as a member of the Senate Democratic Communications Center press team, and as a digital communications specialist at Emanate. Last summer he was a law clerk for the New Jersey Attorney General’s office in the Division of Youth and Family Services. Gray is a Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellow and will be placed in the Senate Majority Office in the spring.
Michael Habash ’14, whose interests include law enforcement, national security, urban planning, and healthcare policy, graduated from North Carolina University with a B.S. in criminology. In 2009 he deployed with the U.S. Army in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and is currently a captain in the New Jersey National Guard. Habash was also a municipal police officer in Wilmington, North Carolina and acted as the lead planner authoring the department’s National Disaster and Terrorism Response Plan. As a law student he has interned with Alcatel-Lucent and for Judge Phillip S. Stranarie, Civil Court of the City of New York. Awarded a Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellowship, he will work in the Office of Legislative Services this spring.
Charis Orzechowski ’13, editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Law Record, received a B.A. in political science from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She has worked as a legal intern for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and for the office of the general counsel at the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation. After almost 10 years as a tractor-trailer driver, she has a strong interest in how government helps create, sustain, and regulate transportation and transportation infrastructure and hopes to pursue a career that helps the Northeast region of the United States in meeting and exceeding its mobility goals. Orzechowski is a Governor’s Executive Fellow.
Henal Patel ’13 graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University where she majored in English and history. She is the managing editor of the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal, a Kinoy-Stavis Public Interest Fellow, and a member of the Rutgers Moot Court Board. She also served on a team of students that provided legal support to Dean John Farmer in his role as the 13th member of the New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission. Patel has been a summer associate at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, at judicial intern for Bergen County Superior Court Judge Joseph Conte, and an intern with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. She is a Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellow and will work at the Office of Legislative Services.
David Vitali ’14, president of the Rutgers–Newark Federalist Society, majored in political science and public policy at Ramapo College. As an undergraduate he interned for U.S. Congressman Scott Garrett and worked on the State Senate campaign of Thomas Kean, Jr. Before attending law school he worked for the mass property tax revaluation firm Appraisal Systems, Inc. Last summer Vitali interned for Assignment Judge Travis L. Francis and Presiding Judge Jamie D. Happas, both of the Superior Court, Middlesex County, and worked for the New Jersey Assembly Republicans’ staff. He will be placed at the Assembly Minority Office in the spring and as a Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellow.