Victor Schachter '64 Rule of Law Award

 

Vic Schachter

Victor Schachter, Founder of the HRI Rule of Law Award.

Mr. Schachter is a partner of Fenwick & West LLP in California, where he practices labor and employment law and related litigation before federal and state courts. He is also an accomplished advocate and mediator in alternative dispute resolution matters. Mr. Schachter graduated UCONN in 1964 (Phi Beta Kappa), and New York University School of Law (1967). He has written and spoken extensively on a broad array of employment topics, and has appeared on many national radio and television programs. He has been selected for “The Best Lawyers in America” for over 20 years, repeatedly recognized as a “Northern California Super Lawyer,” and listed in California and International Who’s Who USA. Mr. Schachter has promoted alternate dispute resolution and judicial case management in Brazil, Turkey, Malaysia and India, and he was honored as a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for his global pro bono work. Mr. Schachter is the Founder and President of the Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives, through which he continues international legal reform initiatives.

 

Internship Experience at the Bangalore Mediation Centre.

This fully funded internship is given to an outstanding human rights undergraduate student completing a summer internship at the Bangalore Mediation Centre in Bangalore, India. Any student interested in pursuing an international internship experience is welcome to apply, but preference will be given to a student pursuing an interest in India and/or alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the legal system.

The Bangalore Mediation Centre (BMC) Summer Internship is a six-week learning immersion experience hosted at one of India's most dynamic legal institutions, located in Bangalore (capital of the state of Karnataka), in southern India. Students involved in this internship will observe first-hand the practice of ADR in a developing country context through daily involvement with the activities of the Centre.

For more information on the Bangalore Mediation Centre Summer Internship, please view the full description at the Study Abroad website. Applicants must submit an application through the Office of Study Abroad. A separate HRI Internship Award Application does not need to be submitted.

Application deadline:   February 17

 

2013 Interns at the Bangalore Mediation Centre.

Jonathan Sykes, an undergraduate double majoring in Human Rights and Political Science

Sykes

Jon Sykes

Jon Sykes is a 9th semester undergraduate and one of early majors in Human Rights at the University of Connecticut. Prior to attendance at the University, Jon was a young activist for the rights of local homeless populations in Connecticut. Later, he would join the University of Connecticut’s PIRG chapter and organized events for its Hunger and Homelessness campaign. As his university social and academic career developed, he worked as a research assistant for the Sociology and Political Science departments, eventually finding a home with the staff of the HRI. As a resident assistant, he devoted much of his time to aiding first year students in their transition period, and with that, an introduction into interpersonal conflict resolution. Helping students to solve conflicts with their peers, Jon went on to teach seminars to other resident assistants of the University of Connecticut.

The opportunity provided by the Victor Schacter ‘64 Rule of Law Award to apply the mediation procedures Jon learned as a resident assistant to a legal arena was fascinating to him. This, coupled with the opportunity to explore the social and legal culture of India was extremely captivating intellectually to him. For Jon, this was an opportunity to develop both as a scholar and as an individual, while immersing into an entirely new culture. After a period of 7 weeks traversing the Indian cities of Bangalore and Delhi, speaking with members of the Court ranging from office workers to High Court judges, Jon returned to the United States with a heightened sense of enthusiasm for Political Science and Human Rights education.

 

Fernando Vieira Luiz, a LLM in U.S. Legal Studies student at UConn School of Law.

Fernando Vieira Luiz is a state judge in Santa Catarina, Brazil, and is currently setting as an appellate judge at the Electoral Appellate Court where he serves as the Goals Manager Judge of the Court.

Fernando completed his LL.B. at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil), LL.M. in Public Law at Estácio de Sá University (Brazil), LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies at University of Connecticut School of Law, and holds a Certificate in Judicial Management from South University of Santa Catarina (Brazil).

 

2012 Intern at the Bangalore Mediation Centre.

Lisa Y. Browne

Browne

Lisa Y. Browne is currently a second year student at the University of Connecticut School of Law where she serves as the Outreach Coordinator of the Public Interest Law Group and Vice President of the Military Law Society. She has over five years experience implementing and coordinating humanitarian relief and development projects with the William J. Clinton Foundation, the United Nations and other international NGOs in Eastern Africa.

Lisa completed her B.A. at Lake Forest College in International Relations and Business, an M.P.H. from Columbia University specializing in health policy and management, and holds a Certificate in International Healthcare Management from Yale University. She is currently a Research Assistant at the Program for Humanitarian and Conflict Research at Harvard University. Lisa is fluent in Hindi and Urdu.

 

2012 Victor Schacter '64 Rule of Law Award

Meika Freeman
Award funded participation in Cape Town Study Abroad program in Spring 2012.

Brittany Kerr
Award funded participation in Cape Town Study Abroad program in Spring 2012.

2011 Victor Schachter '64 Rule of Law Award

Amber Albee
Award funded student's participation in the Guatemala Social Entrepreneur Corps.

2010 Victor Schachter '64 Rule of Law Award

Jaclyn Russo
Award funded student's participation in the International Human Rights Exchange program in Johannesburg, South Africa.

2009 Victor Schachter '64 Rule of Law Award

Chris Martin
Award funded student's participation in a Summer Study Abroad and Internship program in Guatemala.

Margaret McCarthy
Award funded student's participation in a Summer Study Abroad and Internship program in Guatemala.

2008 Victor Schachter '64 Rule of Law Award

Lauren Donnelly
Award funded student's participation in the International Human Rights Exchange program in Johannesburg, South Africa.