Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, the largest law firm in the Phoenix East Valley, is proud to announce its support for the newly established Public Interest Fellowship at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. The Public Interest Fellowship provides law students opportunities to work with nonprofit organizations focused on tangible social justice reform.

Pernell McGuire

“A big part of who we are is helping those who otherwise wouldn’t have access to justice – obtain it.  This initiative combines two very important ideals, helping develop a diverse group of well-rounded lawyers for the future, and improving the systems that deliver justice. We are pleased to be involved,” said Pernell McGuire, Managing Partner at Davis Miles McGuire Gardner.

This fellowship was established in direct response to a request from the John P. Morris Black Law Students Association (BLSA), one of nearly 50 student organizations at ASU Law, for the law school to provide more opportunities for engagement and access to social justice work. The fellowship aims to help students pursue positions that may not be paid, allowing them to gain experience in the public interest legal field regardless of their personal financial situation.

Dean Douglas Sylvester

“It is because of the generosity of firms like Davis Miles McGuire Gardner that ASU Law is able to fund the meaningful work of our Public Interest Fellowship,” said ASU Law Dean Douglas Sylvester. “We are grateful for the firm’s contribution and the support of all our donors, alumni, students and faculty who continue to come together and make ASU Law such a special institution. I am so proud to be a part of this fellowship and look forward to continuing to support our students in their quest to reform social justice.”

Philanthropists and alumni Alison Lewis and Craig Krumwiede gifted $25,000 to make an immediate difference in providing educational opportunity to students of all backgrounds to wish to “change and strengthen our democracy.”