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Pro bono director selected for SCOTUS fellowship

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A commission of nine members chosen by the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court has selected Monica A. Fennell, executive director of the Indiana Pro Bono Commission, as the 2007-2008 U.S. Supreme Court fellow assigned to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Her fellowship begins in the fall.

Fennell ;s responsibilities would include the analysis and implementation of studies requested by Congress or the Judicial Conference, researching the federal rulemaking process, or drafting publications on administrative issues of interest to judges. The late Chief Justice Warren E. Burger created the fellows program in 1973.

Fennell was a litigation associate from 1993 to 1999 at firms in Milwaukee and Chicago. Before her law career, Fennell was a journalist and she returned to that profession as a reporter for The Banner Graphic in 2000. From 2001 to 2005, Fennell went back into private practice at Sutherlin & Zeiner in Greencastle.

While there, she became project administrator to the Putnam County Family Court Facilitation Project. From 2001 to 2004, she developed policies and procedures for alternative dispute resolution programs for at-risk families in Putnam County.

In 2003, Fennell joined the Indiana Pro Bono Commission, where she oversees and seeks to improve pro bono legal services for Indiana citizens. Fennell continues to publish articles in bar association and legal journals. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and her B.A. in English and French from Williams College.
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