Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons
today congratulated third-year law student Daniel C. W. Lang on being named a 2011 Skadden Rothschild Fellow. The prestigious Skadden Fellowship Program was designed to make it financially possible for graduating law students to begin careers providing legal services to the poor, elderly, homeless and disabled, as well as those deprived of civil or human rights.
Through the fellowship, Lang will work at the Community Legal Aid Society Inc. in Wilmington, Del. The Skadden program, administered by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, awards fellowships for two years and provides each recipient with a salary and benefits. It also assists with law school loan repayment obligations during the two-year term.
Lang, 24, resides in Media, Pa. with his wife, Stephanie A. Lang. He is the son of Charles and April Lang of Bradford, Pa. In addition to his studies and community service work, Lang also serves as bluebook editor for the Widener Law Review. His fellowship is coming out of a special fund set up by local law firms in Wilmington, in memory of the late Steven J. Rothschild. Rothschild was the managing partner of the Delaware office of Skadden Arps and a strong supporter of public interest legal work. He died in 2004. This particular award requires that the recipient do the fellowship work in Delaware.
Lang volunteered at the Community Legal Aid Society in the summer of 2010 and has been receiving academic credit as part of an externship he is completing there during the current academic year. He will graduate in May 2011.
Through the fellowship, which officially begins in September 2011, Lang will be paid for working in the legal aid society’s disabilities law program, representing children involved in the juvenile justice system.
Lang was one of only 29 law students from around the country to receive a 2011 fellowship through the Skadden foundation, and he is the first Widener Law student ever to do so. One-third of the 2011 recipients attend Ivy League schools. Of the 29 recipients for 2011, 20 attend top-15 law schools.
“I congratulate Daniel Lang on this outstanding accomplishment,” Law Dean Linda L. Ammons said. “The administrators of this competitive and prestigious program made a wise choice in selecting him as a fellow. Dan embodies the spirit of community service and civic engagement that are hallmarks of a Widener education and his choice to pursue a career in public-interest law is laudable.”
“I am truly honored to have been selected for a Skadden Rothschild Fellowship. It is a dream come true for me,” Lang said. “My fellowship project has the potential to impact the lives of some of Wilmington's youth in a very positive way. For me, that is an exciting prospect, and I cannot wait to begin.”