Patricia Stottlemyer L’17 will join Human Rights First as Chubb Rule of Law Fellow

Stottlemyer will be splitting her time between Refugee Advocacy and National Security Advocacy in Human Rights First’s Washington, D.C., Office.

Patricia Stottlemyer L’17 has been awarded this year’s Chubb Rule of Law Fellowship to support her work in international law and human rights following her graduation from Penn Law.

The Chubb Rule of Law Fellowship offers a recent Law School graduate the opportunity to spend one year in the New York or Washington, D.C., office of Human Rights First. Generously supported by the Chubb Charitable Foundation and Penn Law alumnus Robert Cusumano L’80, the fellowship was established in 2012 to create new avenues for students to build careers in international rule of law and human rights.

Stottlemyer will be splitting her time between Refugee Advocacy and National Security Advocacy in Human Rights First’s Washington, D.C., Office. While working with both advocacy teams, she will also have the opportunity for direct client engagement, to better inform her advocacy work.

“Human Rights First has a holistic approach to advocacy,” said Stottlemyer. “They’re an organization that grounds their systemic reform work in client experience. I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn from the wealth of expertise at Human Rights First.”

Before coming to Penn Law, Stottlemyer worked in Washington, D.C., with the Project for Middle East Democracy and the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies, where she worked with the Syrian political opposition and aided political refugees in their applications for asylum. She also served for two years as the communications coordinator at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

While at the Law School, she participated in the Transnational Legal Clinic and was a case manager for the International Refugee Assistance Program. She is also completing a certificate in Middle East and Islamic Studies.

“We are excited to have Patricia join us as our new Chubb Rule of Law Fellow,” said Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino. “Patricia’s experience working with the International Refugee Assistance Project and the Brennan Center for Justice, as well as her education at Penn Law make her a perfect addition to our team as we challenge the United States to uphold its commitment to protecting the persecuted. We are deeply grateful for our partnership with Penn Law. Together, we are tackling some of the most challenging human rights issues of our time and preparing a new generation of talented lawyers to lead.”

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that builds bipartisan coalitions and teams up with local activists and lawyers around the globe to tackle human rights issues that demand American leadership. The organization drives change across a range of issues — from protecting refugees and combating torture to defending persecuted minorities and curbing Russian influence.

“I want to congratulate Patricia on being named as our 2017 Chubb Rule of Law fellow,” said Joseph Wayland, Chubb General Counsel. “Her involvement in issues such as the conflict in Syria and the current refugee crisis demonstrates a true commitment to addressing some of the world’s most pressing concerns. The experience she will gain while working with Human Rights First will be valuable for Patricia as she pursues a career in international law and human rights, and we are proud to play a role in making that journey possible.”

At the end of their fellowship, Chubb Fellows are encouraged to apply for Chubb Rule of Law funding that will help support a program on the ground in collaboration with local, national or international partners. The Chubb Rule of Law Fund was founded and operated by the lawyers of Chubb, and is funded by the voluntary contributions of Chubb lawyers and compliance professionals worldwide, the Chubb Charitable Foundation, as well as by Chubb’s partner law firms.

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