Federal Justice Fellowship

Federal Justice Fellowship

Four Southeast Missouri State University students were selected as fellows for the 2020 Federal Justice Fellowship with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. During the intense four-week summer pilot program, the fellows gained an understanding of the state and federal judicial systems, enhanced their public speaking skills, observed court cases firsthand, and so much more.

The students selected for this honor were Raven Cole of Afton, Missouri; Katherine Carter of St. Charles, Missouri; Antonio Barner of St. Louis, Missouri; and Drew Beussink of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The students were also given the opportunity to shadow lawyers, staff, and Federal law enforcement officers. At the end of the program, fellows made final presentations to a federal judge in a courtroom.

The Federal Justice Fellowship is spearheaded by Abbie Crites-Leoni, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of Missouri. Crites-Leoni is also an alumna of Southeast Missouri State University.

I would like to congratulate and thank Judge Crites-Leoni for her leadership and foresight to create this tremendous learning opportunity for students. These fellows will get an extraordinary window into the federal judicial system and will gain insights that will serve them very well in their future careers.
– Dr. Carlos Vargas, University President

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