Lindsay Fellowship program honors college graduates

Issue September 2010

Judges in the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts recently honored five college students who graduated from the Judge Reginald C. Lindsay Fellowship, a new program for college students hoping to become lawyers. The event was held Aug. 4 at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston.

Judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts provide training in research and writing skills, opportunities to shadow lawyers in the offices of the U.S. attorney or the federal defender and a moot court program.

Graduates of the 2010 Lindsay Fellowship are: Kevin Copson, UMass Lowell, Class of 2012; Maria N. Robles, UMass Amherst, Class of 2012; Mavrick Afonso, Nelson and Lindsay Fellowships Coordinator; Aniesha Andrews, Regis College, Class of 2011; Ti Ton, Tufts University, Class of 2012; and Rafael Feliciano Cumbas, Northeastern University, Class of 2012.

Judges Richard Stearns, Patti Saris and Judith Dein run the program. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf offered the welcome at the graduation ceremony, which featured remarks from U.S. District Court Judges Patti B. Saris and Richard G. Stearns. Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein presented certificates to the students.

The program is named after the Hon. Reginald Lindsay, who was a founding father of the Nelson Fellow Program. Lindsay, who died in 2009, was committed to mentoring young people from the Boston area. He was a partner at Hill & Barlow, the former commissioner of Public Utilities and a graduate of Morehouse College and Harvard Law School. From 1982-88, Lindsay was a member of the Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. District Court in November 1993.