Three Pitt Law Students Selected as 2011 Nordenberg Fellows for European Summer Internships

Issue Date: 
July 18, 2011

For the fifth year, students from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law are spending their summer in Europe as Nordenberg Fellows. The fellowships are funded by the Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Professorship, held by Pitt law professor Ronald A. Brand. Each Fellow receives $6,000 in funding from the Nordenberg Chair.

A brief biography of each honoree follows.

Lauren Mullen, from Linesville, Pa., is interning at the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg. Mullen graduated from New York University with a degree in international relations and a minor in Spanish. She received numerous scholarships at NYU and is the recipient of a Pitt Law Merit Scholarship. Mullen was a member of the 2011 Pitt Law team at the Mardi Gras Sports Law Competition, held at the University of Tulane School of Law. As an undergraduate, Mullen spent a semester in Italy.

Thomas Rollins, from Salt Lake City, is spending the summer at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany, conducting research on comparative law and policy regulation of trans-Atlantic trade in the ports of Hamburg and New York. The Max Planck Institute is the premier comparative and international private law research institute in Europe. Rollins graduated from the University of Utah Honors College program with degrees in history and international studies and a minor in German. He received numerous scholarships at Utah and coauthored an article published in the Hinckley Journal of Politics in 2009. Rollins spent two summers in Germany in a language immersion program.

Kimberly Stains, from Altoona, Pa., is interning at the Moravcevic Vojnovic Zdravkovic law firm in Belgrade, Serbia. Stains graduated from Grove City College with a dual degree in political science and Spanish and was named most outstanding prelaw student. As an undergraduate, Stains spent a summer abroad in Beijing and a summer and semester abroad in Buenos Aires. She also was a research assistant at the Universidad Anáhuac Law School in Mexico City during summer 2010 and worked as an intern in 2009 for Terrance F. McVerry, judge of the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania. She also served as a K&L Gates Public Interest Fellow at the Education Law Center in June 2011.