Skadden Fellows for 2019 Pursue Projects in Housing, Education


4L evening student Akilah Browne, who recently received a Skadden Fellowship, was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article regarding how she plans to use her fellowship to work with low-income communities.

The fellowship allows some winners to help right injustices they have seen firsthand. Akilah Browne, a fourth-year evening student at Fordham University School of Law, is going to spend her fellowship working with low-income communities. The 28-year-old saw how her father, who always paid his $850 monthly rent on time for a Brooklyn apartment, still wound up being evicted.


“We lived there for more than 20 years, but he was the last renter standing in the way of our landlord converting his rent-regulated building and charging market prices,” she told Bloomberg Law.


“I’ve seen firsthand that affordable housing can be a source of stability, and fragility,” said Browne, who has worked as a coordinator for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s pro-bono practice.


Following her graduation, she will be a fellow at the New Economy Project, to help with the legal work needed to create affordable and sustainable communities in New York City neighborhoods like the South Bronx and Washington Heights.

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