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Graduates tapped for prestigious, highly competitive federal honors positions

DOJ and FDIC programs attract applicants nationwide

(Boston, Revised-11/20/14) New England Law | Boston:  Two recent New England Law | Boston graduates were singled out from applicants nationwide for highly competitive honors positions with the federal government. Vanessa Woodman de Lazo ’14 and Sarah Faust ’14 began last summer with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Attorney General’s Honors Program and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), respectively.
Vanessa Woodman de Lazo '14 and Sarah Faust '14 Vanessa Woodman de Lazo '14 and Sarah Faust '14
“Federal honors programs are extremely selective, and we are very proud that two members of the Class of 2014 were chosen,” said Dean John F. O’Brien. “This is an exceptional occurrence, and we congratulate them on their outstanding accomplishments, made possible by their hard work and the faculty’s continuing commitment to excellence.”
de Lazo accepted a clerkship in the San Diego Immigration Court through the Attorney General’s Honors Program, which is the largest and most prestigious federal entry-level attorney hiring program of its kind. "It is an extremely coveted job, and my immigration work at New England Law has really helped me in my career development,” she says.
“I took two clinics at New England Law, and those experiences really helped me gain the confidence I was looking for,” she says. “I interned with a business immigration law firm for one and with the Boston Immigration Court for the other. I developed a good network that way. I was also on New England Law Review, and if you’re going to work for judges, they look for this kind of research and writing experience.
“I’m excited to spend the next two years in the courtroom, earning a salary while learning how immigration law is applied.”
Faust headed to Washington as an FDIC honors attorney. “It brings together my interest in public policy and my experience with banking litigation as a law clerk at Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP,” she says. “It was a real honor to be selected – I was one of two chosen from among 400 applicants nationwide. Not only am I receiving great exposure to the FDIC’s legal operations during my two years as an Honors Attorney, I also become eligible for permanent positions.”
As a law student, Faust worked during the day and attended evening classes. She also served on the Law Review and took advantage of New England Law internship opportunities.

“The summer before my final year I interned in the U.S. Attorney’s Office's organized crime and gang unit through the law school’s Summer Fellowship Program. I had a fantastic supervisor who made sure I was exposed to a wide variety of experiences and responsibilities. It was a phenomenal experience, and it solidified my interest in working for the federal government.”

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