New York City resident Daniel G. Agius, Jr., a first-year student at Fordham Law, is the 2011 recipient of the New York Bar Foundation's  Honorable Charles L. Brieant, Jr. Fellowship.

Judge Loretta A. Preska, Chief United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York, selected Agius to serve as a judicial intern during this summer. A $5,000 award will be applied to his law school tuition.

"We are delighted to name Mr. Agius the Hon. Charles L. Brieant, Jr. Fellow, and I am pleased at the prospect of working with him this summer," said Judge Preska. "This fellowship provides a wonderful opportunity to honor the memory of Judge Brieant, and I am certain that Mr. Agius will pursue the fellowship with enthusiasm while learning to appreciate Judge Brieant's spirit of justice and deep sense of fairness, honesty and independence."

Agius earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was involved in the mock trial program and received a pre-law certificate. He is an Eagle Scout and a member of Fordham's Dispute Resolution Society.

"We are pleased to award the Judge Brieant Fellowship to Mr. Agius," said Bar Foundation President M. Catherine Richardson of Syracuse (Bond, Schoeneck & King).  "He will gain a deeper understanding of the law and courts while pursuing this exceptional internship under the guidance of Judge Preska. We are grateful for the fellowship funding which has been received from generous contributions to the Foundation from the Judge's family and former law clerks, colleagues and friends."

The fellowship has been established to commemorate Judge Charles L. Brieant, Jr.'s dedication to public service and the federal courts. He served on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for 37 years, including seven years as Chief Judge. He died in 2008. His former law clerks and judicial interns spearheaded the creation of the fellowship.

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