Alumna Receives $50,000 Public Interest Fellowship from Chicago Bar Foundation

Alumna Amy Sample receives a Chicago Bar Foundation
Fellowship award from David Mann, right, chair of the
Sun-Times Fellowship Selection Committee, and Bob Glaves,
executive director of the Chicago Bar Foundation

Law school alumna Amy Sample, JD ’06, was selected one of five recipients of the 2012 Chicago Bar Foundation’s Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship. Sample will receive $50,000 in loan repayment assistance over five years to help her continue her career in legal aid.

The prestigious awards are given in recognition of contributions to public interest law, academic excellence in law school, and outstanding character and integrity. The fellowships are designed to ease the debt burden of law graduates who have chosen to pursue careers with public interest organizations.

Sample, who works for the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation Inc. (LOLLAF) in East St. Louis, received the one annual award designated for an attorney who practices outside the Chicago area.

Sample began working for LOLLAF as an intern while in law school. As a law student, she participated in the Civil Justice Clinic and was awarded the Equal Justice Works Award for her demonstrated commitment to public interest law.

After graduation, she joined LOLLAF as a domestic violence attorney. Based at the Unified Domestic Violence Courtroom in St. Clair County, she represented victims of domestic abuse who were seeking orders of protection against their abusers.

In 2011, she transitioned into her current role of development associate to have a broader impact on LOLLAF’s fight to ensure access to justice for low-income and disadvantaged people. By managing grants, handling public relations, and assisting with the development of new strategic priorities, she helps LOLLAF develop and sustain support to effectively advocate for its clients. Through this role, Sample also has had the opportunity to mentor attorneys and participate in several program-wide committees and task forces.