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Ruff Fellow Program

In 2012, the Office of Attorney General began a fellowship program with three District of Columbia law schools. The purpose of the program is to provide the District with additional legal assistance and to promote public interest legal service.

The fellowships are named in honor of Charles (Chuck) F.C. Ruff, who was the District of Columbia Corporation Counsel (the position now known as Attorney General) from 1995 to 1997. Ruff also served as the US Attorney for the District of Columbia and taught at area law schools. Ruff, who passed away in 2000, was White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton after his service as Corporation Counsel.

Eleven fellows, all recent law school graduates, were announced in the winter of 2012. They were chosen by the Attorney General’s Office in an intense competition among top graduates of each school. The Fellows worked at OAG for one year. Five were from Georgetown University Law Center, five from George Washington University Law School, and one was from the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. The fellowships were funded by each school with matching funds from the DC government.

Photo Credit: Lateef Mangum

Thirteen Fellows began work in 2014. They are, from left to right, Andrew James (George Washington), Erin Dykstra (GW), Allison Myers (GW), Catherine Brinkley (GW), Sonia Weil (GW), Ana Jara (GW), Sara Tonneson (Georgetown), Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan, Rebecca Cohn (Georgetown), Raffi Melanson (Georgetown), Stacy Jeremiah (Georgetown), Patrice Wedderburn (University of the District of Columbia), Aaron Finkhousen (Georgetown), Assistant Deputy Attorney General Elizabeth Sarah Gere.

Another group of 19 fellows, recent graduates from George Washington and Georgetown, was announced in early 2013. They are:

Second Row: Lauren Sharrock, Charles Coughlin, Gregory Cumming, Jacob Narva, Patrick Corcoran, Daniel Mayer, David Rabe, Julia Maus, James Vietti, Matthew Lane, Daniel Snow
First Row: Karen Hu, Robert Rich, Joshua Karpoff, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Elizabeth Sarah Gere, Portia Roundtree, Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan, Argatonia Weatherington, Caliandra Lanza-Weil, Alicia Cullen
Not present: Ali Naini

Photo Credit: Lateef Mangum – DC Government

Photo Credit: Lateef Mangum – DC Government

The fellows are assigned to several divisions within OAG. Ten 2012 Ruff Fellows were hired for permanent positions in the agency after completing their fellowships.