Laura Dolbow ’17 (BA’12) named Sharswood Fellow by University of Pennsylvania Law School

Apr 6, 2022

Laura Dolbow ’17 (BA’12) has been named a George Sharswood Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The prestigious two-year fellowship provides aspiring legal scholars with two years of funding for research, writing and teaching. The fellowship was established in 2007 by the editorial board of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Laura Dolbow, Class of 2017

Dolbow graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 2017.  After law school, she was a law clerk for Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and then for Judge Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. After clerking, she joined Covington & Burling as an associate in Washington, D.C.

Dolbow’s research as a Sharswood Fellow will focus on the intersection of patent and administrative law.

“I am thrilled that Laura has received a Sharswood Fellowship,” notes Vanderbilt Law Professor Kevin Stack, who recommended Dolbow for the fellowship.  “Laura already has an impressive, prize-winning body of scholarship in administrative law.  The Sharswood Fellowship will be an outstanding launching pad for her academic career.”

Dolbow received a 2018 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing for her law school note. Dolbow also won the 2017 Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition, an annual writing competition sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law for her paper “Agency Adherence to Legislative History.” That paper also won the law school’s Weldon B. White Prize, which each year recognizes the graduate who submitted the best paper in fulfillment of the law school’s advanced writing requirement.

Dolbow won the Founder’s Medal for the Class of 2017 and served as senior articles editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review.  She was the recipient of the Ethel and Cecil Roberts and the Thomas R. McCoy Scholarships.

Dolbow’s fellowship will begin July 1.


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