DLA Piper is pleased to announce that Jean Camille Gabat and Megan Kinney have joined the firm as its ninth class of Krantz Fellows.
Through the Krantz Fellowship, DLA Piper annually selects two new associates to spend their first year at the firm working exclusively on pro bono matters. The firm created the fellowship in honor of Sheldon Krantz, a former partner and director of New Perimeter, DLA Piper's nonprofit affiliate that provides long-term pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world.
"We are thrilled to welcome Jean and Megan to the firm as Krantz Fellows, where they will have the opportunity to devote their time, effort and talents to helping the most vulnerable members of our communities," said Lisa Dewey, director of New Perimeter and US pro bono partner for DLA Piper. "As we enter the fellowship's ninth year, we continue to see the positive contributions every class of fellows makes to our pro bono initiatives within the US and around the world, all while developing important legal skills that will prepare them for fulfilling careers."
Based in the firm's Philadelphia office, Gabat will spend half of her time serving pro bono clients in the United States, including on immigrant rights, access to justice and elder law issues, and half of her time working with New Perimeter.
"As a Krantz Fellow, I would like to use my background and understanding of the issues facing the immigrant community to find practical legal solutions to their most pressing concerns," Gabat said. "Through my unique experiences as an Asian American, I hope to offer new perspectives and knowledge about the problems that immigrant groups in the United States struggle with on a daily basis." Regarding her work with New Perimeter, Gabat stated, "I will have the extraordinary opportunity of strengthening the legal systems, increasing access to justice, and promoting the rule of law. While DLA Piper is already second to none in terms of global pro bono legal work, I hope to help expand our reach to new areas and regions."
Kinney will be based in the firm's San Diego office and will focus her work on matters relating to veterans' services, immigration and domestic violence.
"When I was deciding where I wanted to intern during the summer after my first year of law school, I was ultimately sold on DLA Piper because of two words: pro bono," Kinney said. "I am thrilled to be launching my career at a firm where pro bono is carried out by passionate lawyers who realize how much power legal professionals have to change people's lives."
After completing the fellowship, Krantz Fellows transition into traditional associate roles within their respective practice groups, while remaining active in pro bono initiatives.
Gabat received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a New York Pro Bono Scholar and a member of the Penn Law Inn of Court, as well as managing editor of the Journal of International Law and executive editor of the Asian Law Review. She earned her B.A. in philosophy and political science from Rutgers University.
Kinney received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law and her B.A. from Seattle University. As a law student, she volunteered at a worker's rights clinic, where she conducted in-take interviews for victims of wage theft and analyzed claims under California wage, hourly and garment workers' statutes. She also worked at an expungement clinic, conducting in-take interview and assessing clients' eligibility for expungement.