Claire H. Fortin of Amherst, a student at University at Buffalo Law School, and Lauren L. Morales of Melville, a student at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, are the first recipients of The New York Bar Foundation's Trusts and Estates Law Section Fellowships.

As the winners of $5,000 fellowships, Ms. Fortin will work this summer in the chambers of Erie County Surrogate Judge Barbara Howe in Buffalo and Ms. Morales will work in the chambers of Suffolk County Surrogate Judge John M. Czygier, Jr. in Riverhead.
"We are pleased to award the inaugural Trusts and Estates Law Section Fellowships to two well-qualified law students," said Bar Foundation President M. Catherine Richardson of Syracuse (Bond Schoeneck & King).  "Having the opportunity to work under the guidance of such distinguished judges will provide them with a terrific learning experience to broaden their knowledge of the intricacies of trusts and estates law and the surrogate's court."

Ms. Fortin, a magna cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, expects to graduate from the University at Buffalo Law School in May 2012. She is the executive editor of the Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal, a member of the Buffalo Public Interest Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs, and a participant in the Advocacy in Mediation Competition.

Ms. Morales, a  Boston College alumna and a second-year student expects to graduate from Touro Law in May 2012. She is an associate editor of Touro Law Review and student co-director of the Legal Education Access Program. She previously was a judicial extern for the U.S. District Judge Leonard Wexler of Eastern District of New York, Central Islip.

"The Trusts and Estates Law Section is proud to provide funding for these exceptional fellowships," said Section Chair Elizabeth A. Hartnett of Syracuse (Mackenzie Hughes).  "We hope Claire Fortin and Lauren Morales will gain professional skills and competencies that will help them shape and attain their professional goals."

For further information about the fellowships, please contact The New York Bar Foundation at 518/487-5651 or Established in 1950, The New York Bar Foundation is dedicated to aiding charitable and educational projects to meet the law-related needs of the public and the legal profession.


Contact: Brandon Vogel
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