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2011 Fellows

From left to right: Alvita Akiboh, Arlene Rivera, Wintre Foxworth, and Chris Han

Alvita Akiboh, a native of Indianapolis, IN is a rising senior at Indiana University in Blooomington, IN.  She is pursuing a B.A. in History with minors in Economics, Political Science, and Spanish. She is particularly interested in the history of United States foreign relations.  Alvita is a member of the Hudson Holland Honors Program, a program that promotes academic excellence as well as community service in minority undergraduate students.  She is also a member of the Hutton Honors College and a Herbert Presidential Scholar at Indiana University.  Alvita is involved in honors societies outside of IU as well such as the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma Honors Societies.  For her continued academic excellence, she has been named a Founders Scholar every year thus far during her undergraduate study.  As a student in the honors program of IU’s History Department, next fall Alvita will begin her senior honors thesis.  She hopes to combine her historical interests to design and complete a research project on American expansionism and foreign involvement in the 20th and 21st centuries.  Alvita is also involved in the newly revived IU History Club.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in History.  She is thrilled to be joining the American Bar Foundation this summer.  Alvita looks forward to gaining invaluable research experience working with Director and Research Professor Robert L. Nelson.

Arlene  Rivera is a rising senior at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA, double majoring in Psychology and Crime, Law, and Justice.  Arlene is a member of the Schreyer Honors College, and is a Paterno Fellow—an honors program within the College of Liberal Arts.  Currently, Arlene is a research assistant for a study exploring defendant disparities in Pennsylvania death penalty cases, and another study evaluating the local DUI court.  Arlene also assists with research at Penn State’s Laboratory for Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychotherapy Research.   During her time at Penn State, Arlene has been a mentor for the Bronx Penpal Program, a teacher’s assistant for a Criminology class, a Statistics tutor, a jewelry instructor, and a member of the Professional Development committee of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law International Fraternity.  She is also involved with the Off-Campus Student Union (OCSU), an organization whose mission is to serve as a liaison between students who live off-campus and the community as a whole.  Previously she served as OCSU’s historian and webmaster, and currently she is the president of the organization.  Through OCSU, Arlene has participated in such community events as LION (Living in One Neighborhood) Walk, State Day of Service, Relay for Life, and the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, otherwise known as THON.  In her free time, Arlene focuses on her jewelry-making business, Arlene Marie Jewelry.  Her other recognitions include being a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and the recipient of both the Julie Parker and the Tom Atkins scholarship.  After graduation, Arlene plans to attend law school and focus on international law.  Arlene looks forward to working with Research Professor John Hagan this summer.

Wintre Foxworth, a native of Chesapeake, VA, is a rising senior at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She is a dual major in Government and African-American and African Studies with a minor in Sociology. Various fields of law intrigue her, but she is particularly interested in criminal law and the political and social consequences of disenfranchisement. At the University, she is an Echols Scholar, an honor only given to a select group of students in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a Ridley Scholar, a scholarship given to African-American students of the highest academic caliber. During her time at the University of Virginia, she has been involved with various organizations, such as the University Judiciary Committee, Black Voices Gospel Choir, Sustained Dialogue, and the Black Student Admissions Committee. Next year, she will serve as a Senior Peer Advisor for The Office of African-American Affairs Peer Advisor Program, an organization that assists incoming and transfer African-American and African students in transitioning from high school to the university, and she will also serve as a Program Director for the Madison House Daycare Program, a volunteer organization that serves children in the Charlottesville community. Upon graduation, Wintre will attend law school and explore the multitudes of paths within the legal field. Wintre is excited about the opportunity to work closely with Research Professor Dylan Penningroth this summer.

Chris Han, a native of Castro Valley, CA, is a rising junior at the University of California, Berkeley. He is majoring in Political Science with a focus in International Relations. He is particularly interested in ways that the legal system mingles with poverty and religion, such as the quality of legal services provided to the poor or the influence of religious lobby groups on interpretations of the Constitution. Chris has interned at the San Francisco District Attorney’s office, where he was a liaison between victims of crime and Assistant District Attorneys and engaged in crisis intervention for victims of domestic violence and robbery. Previously, he has externed for the American Friends Service Committee, an international nonprofit, and the Mitzel Group, an employment and human resources consulting firm. Chris is also the editor-in-chief of To An Unknown God, a journal of Christian thought at UC Berkeley. The journal seeks to inspire critical thinking about Christianity and its effect on domains such as politics, the arts, and education. This semester, he has also served as a teacher for The People’s Test Prep Service, which provides free SAT I prep courses for underprivileged high schoolers in cities like Oakland and Berkeley. Following graduation, Chris plans to go to law school, after which he hopes to work at a lobbying firm or the Department of Justice. He is eager to begin the ABF fellowship and work with Professor Christopher Schmidt this summer.

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