Three Northeastern Law Students Selected for Prestigious Rappaport Fellowship

Three Northeastern Law Students Selected for Prestigious Rappaport Fellowship

05.10.24 — The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College Law School has named Cole Garvey ’25, Nicholas “Nick” Martin ’25 and Arianna Unger ’26 among its 2024 Fellows. Rappaport Fellows are provided the opportunity to explore and expand on their diverse interests in public policy by working with top policymakers throughout the summer. Each fellow also receives extraordinary mentorship from Rappaport Center advisory board members, prior Rappaport Fellows and notable civic leaders in the public sector. Fellows further gain experiential learning by exploring the intersection of law and public policy through conversations with high level government officials, including members from the executive, judiciary and/or legislative branches.

Cole Garvey graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in political xcience. Prior to law school, he worked in policy research for three years as a program associate at Mathematica. There, he helped manage and conduct research for numerous projects that studied or sought to improve education and human services programs for federal, state and foundation clients. Garvey spent his first co-op as a judicial intern in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. As a 2024 Rappaport Fellow, he will work this summer at the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance.

A nontraditional student, Nicholas “Nick” Martin dropped out of a Vermont State College when he was 19 to travel the country, working service jobs to pay his way. At a law firm in Los Angeles, Martin rose from the mailroom to a paralegal position, learning litigation and developing a passion for courtroom advocacy. Martin witnessed government lawyers seek accountability on behalf of the public and resolved to join them. He left the firm and earned his bachelor’s degree cum laude from the Harvard University Extension School. Through his co-ops with the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Massachusetts Supreme Court, Martin has refined his passion for public interest law into a focus on criminal justice — he is interested in diversion programs, conviction integrity units and the prosecution of serious crimes. This summer, he will work at the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

Arianna Unger earned her bachelor of neuroscience from Brandeis University magna cum laude and her master of public health from the University of Pennsylvania. Her specific interests lie within the fields of behavioral health policy and health systems financing. Before coming to Northeastern, Unger worked as a global epidemiology fellow with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Mozambique. She also worked in neurosurgery trauma research for the three years prior. Unger will spend her Rappaport summer at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services in the Behavior Health and Pharmacy and Provider Programs divisions.

“The 2024 Rappaport Fellows in Law and Public Policy have been announced, and once again, they are a cohort of 12 passionate, smart and engaging law students who care about making a difference in the world,” said Elisabeth “Lissy” J. Medvedow ’85, executive director of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy. “The future lawyers, who represent seven of the Greater Boston area law schools, will be spending their Rappaport summer gaining invaluable experience working in state and local government.”

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country. Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences through its signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. More than 1,100 employers worldwide in a wide range of legal, government, nonprofit and business organizations participate in the program. With a focus on social justice and innovation, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experiences to successfully practice law.

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