In 2012, the Office of Attorney General began a fellowship called the Charles F.C. Ruff Fellowship program to provide the District government with more legal assistance and to promote public interest legal work. The Fellowship is named in honor of Charles F.C. Ruff, who served as the District of Columbia Corporation Counsel (the position now known as Attorney General) from 1995 to 1997. Ruff also served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and taught at area law schools. Ruff, who passed away in 2000, served as White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton.
Fellows assist in providing legal representation to the District of Columbia in one of the 11 Divisions at the OAG. To learn more, click here for a list of duties for each of the Divisions.
Fellows are selected by OAG and are expected to begin their year-long commitment in mid-January. Completion of the full fellowship term is required. Selection criteria includes admission to practice law by a state Bar, excellent oral and written communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, and a commitment to public service. Application information can obtained through one of the five participating law schools in the Ruff Fellowship program: American University Washington School of Law, Howard University School of Law, George Washington University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, and University of Virginia School of Law.
The fellowships are jointly funded by the schools and OAG, and the fellows were selected through a highly competitive process among top graduates from each school. After completing their fellowship, many former Ruff Fellows have been hired for permanent positions at OAG.
Current and Previous Ruff Fellows
2017 Ruff Fellows
The 2017 Ruff Fellows include: Pete Chattrabhuti, University of Virginia, Public Interest Division; Ashley Cloud, Howard University, Office of Consumer Protection; Christopher Cohen, George Washington University, Commercial Division; Adam Daniel, George Washington University, Office of the Solicitor General; Charles Frye, Georgetown University, Personnel, Labor and Employment Division; Ella Gladman, George Washington University, Public Safety Division; Darian Hands, Georgetown University, Legal Counsel Division; Ty Micha Johnson, George Washington University, Public Interest Division; Judson Kempson, American University, Civil Litigation Division; Andrew Levine, University of the District of Columbia, Public Safety Division; Jordan Liew, Georgetown University, Civil Litigation Division; Jessica Micciolo, George Washington University, Public Interest Division; Leonor Miranda, Georgetown University, Public Interest Division; Nicholas Schaufelberger, Georgetown University, Public Safety Division; Safie Da Costa Soares, Georgetown University, Civil Litigation Division; and Tracy-Ann Ulett, George Washington University, Public Safety Division.
The 2016 Ruff Fellows include: Andrew V. Morris, Howard University, Personnel, Labor & Employment Division; Ariel M. Ebi, Georgetown University, Commercial Division; Caroline M. Gignoux, George Washington University, Legal Counsel Division; Conrad Z. Risher, George Washington University, Public Interest Division; Erika Clark, George Washington University, Public Safety Division; Hillary J. Freund, George Washington University, Public Interest Division; Jessica Trieu, Georgetown University, Public Safety Division; Kasey Nordeen, Georgetown University, Public Safety Division; Katherine A. Wilson, American University, Office of Consumer Protection; Noah Baron, Georgetown University, Office of the Solicitor General; Randle T. Wilson, University of the District of Columbia, Public Safety Division; Sean R. Callaghan, George Washington University, Public Interest Division; Tram T. Pham, Georgetown University, Civil Litigation Division; William Liapis, George Washington University, Civil Litigation Division.
The 2015 Ruff Fellow interns: Patrick Galasso, PSD (GWU); Philip Cheney, PID (GULC); Elizabeth Bookwalter, PID (AU); Emily Stewart, FSD (GULC); Pegah Eftekhari, PID (UDC); Attorney General Karl Racine; Taylor Anvid, CLD (GULC); Milena Mikailova, PLED (GWU); Kevin Healy PID (GWU); Lawrence Ferris, Commercial (GWU); William Chang, CLD (GWU); Matthew Trout, PID (GULC).
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.
Photo Credit: Lateef Mangum – DC Government
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