August 06, 2021

Fellowship programs brings outstanding public interest attorneys to campus to advise law students

This academic year, 14 Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows have been named at Harvard Law School. The program brings outstanding public interest attorneys from across the country to campus for three days each to advise law students about pathways to public service. Wasserstein Fellows are selected based on the breadth and diversity of their public interest experiences, their ability to advise students and the areas of expertise that interest current students.

This year’s fellows include five Harvard Law School alumni: Elizabeth Forsyth ’11, senior attorney in Earthjustice’s Biodiversity Defense Program; Brian Hauss ’11, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project; Betsy Miller ’99, partner and chair, Public Client Practice, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll; Dana Mulhauser ’06, founding chief, Independent Investigations Unit, Maryland Attorney General’s Office; and Jonathan Skrmetti ’04, chief deputy attorney general, Tennessee Attorney General’s Office.

Fellows, who on have been out of law school an average of 13 years, meet individually with students, speak with classes, and hold community discussions, and open meetings with interested student groups. The program was created in 1990 in honor of Morris Wasserstein through a generous gift from his family. The program is managed by Jillian Tuck, assistant director for J.D. and LL.M. Advising at the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising.

The visiting fellows are:

Betsy Miller ’99 – Partner and Chair, Public Client Practice, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll (October 4-6)

Betsy Miller ’99 is a seasoned litigator and industry thought leader on leadership development and organizational change management. With over 20 years in private and government practice in Washington, D.C., Miller has built a reputation for deftly leading some of the country’s highest profile government litigation and investigations. As chair of Cohen Milstein’s Public Client Practice, Miller currently represents state attorneys general in the ongoing national opioid litigation. She previously negotiated a $2.2 billion resolution as a lead counsel for states prosecuting consumer fraud cases against the nation’s largest credit rating agencies. Her approach to these complex cases is grounded in the principles she has used as a professional mediator and in her fifteen years as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law, where she has taught courses on negotiation strategy and conflict resolution. A certified leadership coach, Miller regularly speaks and writes on the changing legal landscape and talent development for the 21st century lawyer, with a focus on advancing women and diversity in the legal profession. Before joining Cohen Milstein, Miller had a distinguished career in public service.

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