Consumer Protection Fellowship Project Enters Seventeenth Year
The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the consumer protection departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General and other consumer protection agencies, including the National Association of Attorneys General and the Attorney General’s Office of the District of Columbia, throughout the United States. The eight to ten-week paid Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the ABA Antitrust Law Section, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General, as a consumer protection outreach initiative to introduce law students to the rewards of legal careers in public service. A total of 425 Steiger Fellowships have been awarded through the summer of 2020.
The law students who have served as Steiger Fellows have characterized their experiences as truly rewarding, often well beyond their expectations. A number of students have said that for the first time they are considering law careers in public service, and several have already entered public service upon graduation.
Each of the highly motivated Steiger Fellows provides tangible, meaningful assistance to states, territories and other consumer protection agencies that are in substantial need of additional resources to fulfill their consumer protection mission. Offices that have hosted Steiger Fellows in the past have characterized the Fellows’ work as exemplary and have often described the students as some of the most talented interns the offices have ever attracted.
The Council of the Section approved funding for states and other entities to participate in the 2021 Steiger Fellowship Project. Each selected student will receive a $6,000 stipend (subject to certain federal taxes and administered through the offices of the various consumer protection agencies). This Project continues to be a tribute to the memory of the late Janet D. Steiger, one of America’s great public servants who, during her remarkable tenure as FTC Chairman, dramatically improved cooperation, communication and coordination between state and federal consumer protection and antitrust enforcement agencies.
The locations that will receive Steiger Fellows during the summer of 2021 are:
- ^Arizona | *Arkansas | %Colorado | *Connecticut | * Delaware | *District of Columbia |%Florida |*Georgia | ^Hawaii | %Illinois | %Indiana |%Iowa | *Kansas | %Maryland | %Massachusetts |%Minnesota | % Mississippi | % Montana | % National Association of Attorneys General | * Nebraska | *Nevada | %$ New Hampshire | %New Jersey | %New York | *Pennsylvania | *~Puerto Rico | % Rhode Island | %South Dakota | *South Carolina | %Tennessee | *Texas | *Utah | ^Vermont | ^Virginia | ^Washington | ^West Virigina | %Wisconsin | %#Wyoming
Note: ^8 Week Term of Service %10 Week Term of Service *No Term of Service Preference ~ Fluency in Spanish Required #1L Candidates Only $2L Candidates Only