Klau Center selects three ND Law students for summer fellowships

Author: Kevin Fye

2020 Fellows

The Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights has announced its 2020 Summer Fellowships for students working in public interest organizations that promote civil or human rights, and/or the enforcement of federal rights on behalf of underrepresented minorities.

Three students have been chosen to receive funding for summer 2020. In response to travel restrictions in place throughout the summer, all three fellows will work either remotely, or at organizations located in their home town.


Madeline Callaghan is completing her first year of study at Notre Dame Law School, and will work this summer at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago. There she will provide legal research and memorandum on current litigation projects, assist in community events, and conduct policy research assignments. Callaghan will also assist the Center’s housing attorneys with upcoming litigation in Peoria, IL regarding a discriminatory housing bill recently passed by the township.


Katherine Cienkus, a first year law student, will serve an internship with Access Living, also in Chicago. Access Living engages in policy advocacy, provides services such as independent living and peer support, and participates in litigation enforcing the rights of those in the Chicago disability community. Cienkus will assist staff attorneys with litigation and policy advocacy pertaining to discrimination in housing, transportation, medical services, and education.


Thomas Kozdron is a second-year law student and will work with the Public Rights Project, based in Oakland, California. There he will help provide support to state and local governments in their efforts to advocate for civil rights and economic and environmental justice. The Project provides talent and resources to proactively enforce residents’ legal rights, as well as providing strategic support to help state and city offices develop high-impact legal cases.

Klau Center Summer Fellows receive funding to assist with travel and living expenses, and upon their return to campus, share their experiences with the wider law school community. Previous Klau Center Summer Fellowship recipients can be seen here.

Originally published by Kevin Fye at klau.nd.edu on April 23, 2020.