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Ovid and Clare Lewis Public Interest Fellowship

The Ovid and Clare Lewis Public Interest Fellowship is designed to encourage law student involvement in public service legal employment for the summer by providing funding to subsidize unpaid work at a public service organization. Public service organizations for the purposes of this fellowship may include legal aids/services or other similar nonprofit organizations in Florida. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate active involvement in public interest law through prior public interested activities. Students selected to receive these fellowships must meet all the criteria.

Ovid Lewis was an accomplished legal scholar and teacher, and the third dean of Nova Southeastern University College of Law.  He later served as the fourth president of Nova Southeastern University. He believed it was an important professional obligation for all members of the bar to provide assistance to those in our society who lacked the means to hire an advocate to protect or vindicate their interests. He represented indigent defendants in their appeals when he lived in Ohio and Kentucky, and in one case had his client live in his home after he successfully argued for his release from prison. Clare, his loving and understanding spouse, always supported him in these efforts. This fellowship honors their devotion to legal education and social justice.

Dr. Ovid C. Lewis (1932-2011)

  • J.D. Rutgers 1960; LL.M. Columbia 1962; J.S.D. Columbia 1970 
  • Case Western Reserve School of Law 
    • Professor of Law (1962-1976)
  • Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law 
    • Professor of Law (1976-1979)
    • Associate Dean and Interim Dean (1978-1979)
  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law 
    • Dean (1979-1984)
    • Professor of Law (1979-1997)
  • Nova Southeastern University
    • Vice President for Academic Affairs (1984-1994)
    • President (1994-1997)
    • President Emeritus (1998-2011)

Amount of Award

The Ovid and Clare Lewis Public Interest Fellowship awards may range from $1,000 to $2,000 each. The amount and number of fellowships awarded each year will be determined annually based on the funds available and the number of eligible applications.

Additional Information and Assistance in Finding a Summer Placement

For assistance finding a summer placement, and counseling regarding this and other public interest law opportunities, please visit the Public Interest Law Center.

For an application, visit our Resources page.

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