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13 New Ruff Fellows Join DC Attorney General's Office

Monday, January 27, 2014

Ted Gest
Public Information Officer
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thirteen new Charles (Chuck) F.C. Ruff Fellows, graduates of George Washington University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, and American University Washington School of Law, are beginning work at D.C.’s Office of the Attorney General (OAG).

The fellows, all 2013 graduates, are being funded jointly by the schools and OAG. They were chosen by the Attorney General’s Office in a competition among top graduates of each school, and will work on D.C. legal issues for a year.

Two previous classes totaling 30 Ruff Fellows worked at OAG during the last two years. Several of them were hired for permanent positions in the office.

The new Fellows and their assignments to OAG divisions are, from George Washington, Catherine Brinkley, Legal Counsel Division; Erin Dykstra, Family Services Division; Andrew James, Public  Safety Division; Ana Jara, Civil Litigation Division; Allison Myers, Commercial Division, and Sonia Weil, Personnel and  Labor Relations Section; from Georgetown, Aaron Finkhousen, Civil Litigation Division; Stacy Jeremiah, Public Safety Division Neighborhood and Victim Services Section; Rebecca Kohn, Attorney General’s immediate office and Office of Solicitor General; Raffi Melanson, Public Interest Division, and Sara Tonneson, Public Interest Division; from UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Patrice Wedderburn, Family Services Division Mental Health Section; and from American University, Bonnie Lindemann, Public Safety Division Juvenile Section.

The fellowships were created to provide the District with more legal help and to promote public interest legal work. They are named in honor of Charles 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 U.S. 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.
Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan said, “We are delighted with our continuing partnership with three law schools and welcome the addition of American University to the ranks this year. Our previous classes of talented Ruff Fellows have contributed an enormous amount to our legal work on behalf of the District, and we expect no less from the new class of outstanding law school graduates.”