Hobbs Fellowship awarded annually to law student committed to consumer advocacy and the pursuit of a public interest career
BOSTON – The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) has awarded its annual Hobbs Fellowship to Andrew Schreder, a second-year student at the University of Michigan Law School.
“Andrew impressed us with his passion for and dedication to consumer justice and public interest work,” said Richard Dubois, executive director of NCLC. “We look forward to welcoming him to NCLC this summer.”
At the University of Michigan Law School, Schreder is president of the Consumer Advocacy and Financial Regulation Organization, and he co-led the creation of a pro-bono project with the Washtenaw County Economic Justice Unit, which works to protect consumers from predatory practices through litigation and advocacy.
After his 1L year, Schreder was a summer law clerk at the Michigan Poverty Law Program and a student attorney at the Michigan Civil Rights Litigation Initiative. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Political Science.
Launched in 2014, the NCLC fellowship is named in honor of Robert “Bob” Hobbs, an expert in fair debt collection law, who worked as an advocate and deputy director at NCLC for 42 years. NCLC awards the fellowship annually to a student who has demonstrated a passion for, and commitment to, consumer advocacy and the pursuit of a public interest career. In addition to a paid summer internship, the fellowship recipient also receives travel expenses and registration for NCLC’s national Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, which will be held this fall in Orlando, Florida.
NCLC legal interns are assigned to teams of four-to-five attorneys, which focus on litigation, non-mortgage lending (credit cards, auto student loans, and various forms of predatory loan products), mortgage lending, bankruptcy, access to utilities, and racial justice and equal economic opportunities issues. Assignments range from researching and drafting litigation memos and briefs to work on NCLC’s manuals, investigative reports, training materials, policy analyses, and articles.