First-year law student Moses Tincher has received a prestigious Blackstone Fellowship. The program, which is a ministry of Alliance Defending Freedom, begins with two weeks of courses taught by prominent legal scholars, continues with a six-week field internship designed to advance the individual student's career objectives, and concludes with a week of career development training. Tincher will complete his fieldwork in Vienna, Austria.
Tincher's field internship will focus on international human rights issues. The internship will allow him to work on projects that involve drafting amicus briefs for court submissions, compiling case notes on religious autonomy from the European Court of Human Rights, reviewing human rights violations of Member States and advocating for legal reform.
Tincher, who first heard about the program from a Mercer Law alumna who was a fellow in 2012, explains that he was attracted to the program partially due to the professional network of Blackstone Fellows who support each other in their professional careers and spiritual lives.
The Blackstone Legal Fellowship launched in 2000 with 24 interns, and has grown to 154 interns in 2014. To date, over 1,500 law students from more than 200 law schools in 21 different countries have participated in Blackstone. Through Blackstone, these students have participated in internships with more than 300 different organizations and attorneys worldwide.