CPIL Announces Winner of the 2019 Julianne D. Fellmeth Public Interest Law Scholarship, Kelsey Burns JD Candidate ’20

CPIL Announces Winner of the 2019 Julianne D. Fellmeth Public Interest Law Scholarship, Kelsey Burns JD Candidate ’20

SAN DIEGO (May 29, 2019) - The Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) at the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is proud to announce the recipient of the 2019 Julianne D. Fellmeth Public Interest Law Scholarship, Kelsey Burns, ‘20 (JD Candidate).

The scholarship was established in honor of Julianne D’Angelo Fellmeth '76 (BA), '83 (JD), who retired in 2019 after serving as CPIL’s Administrative Director for 30 years.  As the Julie D. Fellmeth Scholar, Ms. Burns will dedicate 150 hours over the next year to develop an innovative “big idea” for using the law as a tool for social change. Specifically, Burns will focus on researching the success of the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act of 2010 (TSCA), over its first ten years.  TSCA was enacted after the U.S. Department of Labor released a report identifying 122 goods from 58 countries believed to be produced by forced or child labor. The Act requires large retailers and manufacturers doing business in California to disclose on their respective websites the efforts taken to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their supply chains, in an effort to educate consumers on how to purchase goods produced by companies that responsibly manage their supply chains, and, thereby, improve the lives of victims of slavery and human trafficking. Ms. Burns will evaluate whether the TSCA has achieved its intended purpose and, if not, propose potential amendments to remedy any failures.

Burns is a second year law student at USD School of Law. She is President of the Environmental Law Society, President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Vice President of USD Law Democrats.  She was awarded the Law School Honor Scholarship and Alumni Achievement Scholarship. She volunteers for Casa Cornelia Law Center in San Diego. After law school Ms. Burns hopes to pursue a career in Public Interest law, focusing on policy.

About Center for Public Interest Law

Founded in 1980, the University of San Diego School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) serves as an academic center of research and advocacy in regulatory and public interest law. CPIL focuses its efforts on the study of an extremely powerful, yet often overlooked, level of government: state regulatory agencies. Under the supervision of experienced public interest attorneys and advocates, CPIL law student interns study California agencies that regulate business, professions, and trades.

CPIL publishes the California Regulatory Law Reporter, a unique legal journal that covers the activities and decisions of over 12 major California regulatory agencies.

In addition to its academic program, CPIL has an advocacy component. Center faculty, professional staff, and interns represent the interests of the unorganized and underrepresented in California’s legislature, courts, and regulatory agencies. CPIL attempts to make the regulatory functions of California government more efficient and visible by serving as a public monitor of state regulatory activity. The Center has been particularly active in reforming the state’s professional discipline systems for attorneys and physicians, and in advocating public interest reforms to the state’s open meetings and public records statutes.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 29th nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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