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Local Government

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Section News and Information

May 3, 2017

Award of 2017 Local Government Fellowship

First awarded in 2013, the Local Government Fellowship annually recognizes outstanding Virginia law students who will work full-time during the summer at a local government attorney’s office within the Commonwealth. The Board of Governors is delighted to announce that Callie Gibson been selected as this year’s Local Government Fellow. Her personal statement demonstrates in part why she was selected:

It was quite early in my college career that I began to spend my summers in legal internships. I loved seeing the ways in which our laws affect people every day, and the idea that I could help people better understand them. I loved the endless possibilities of types of cases and clients. I tried out big firms, small firms, courthouses and legislative offices. When I finally found my calling, I wanted to be sure beyond a shadow of a doubt. As I have learned more about the law, both in school and through my internship experience, it has become more evident that the best way to affect change is at the local level. Problems that nationally seem so abstract and too big to take on suddenly become concrete, familiar, and manageable. The " environment" becomes the river where local children play. The police force" becomes the campus officer that stayed with you until 1 a.m. while you waited for the tow truck. The " education system" became the Spanish teacher that always stayed after school to help students earn a passing grade. These are the people that we can, and should be working with in order to see real, positive change in the community. . . . I have never wanted to work in a high rise with a corner office. I belong in a smaller, more personal setting where my community, colleagues and I can learn from one another, with motivations greater than our salaries.

Callie is a rising 3L student at the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law. She will spend the summer interning at the Henrico County Attorney’s Office.

Applications for next year’s fellowship will open in February 2018. More information about the VSB Local Government Fellowship is available at the section’s website.

This year's Fact Sheet and Application may be reviewed for informational purposes.