The Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship

The Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship (“Fellowship”) was established by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (“APABA-PA”) in conjunction with the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. The Fellowship serves to honor the legacy of Judge Marutani, the first Asian-American judge in Pennsylvania, a distinguished member of the judiciary who served both the Asian-American community and the community at large for many years. Judge Marutani’s exemplary career is a model for current students who are committed to public service.
Current first-year and second-year Asian Pacific American law students attending law school in Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Area (including Penn State Dickinson Law, Penn State Law, Rutgers Law School-Camden, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Widener University Delaware Law School, Widener University Commonwealth Law School, Duquesne University School of Law, and University of Pittsburgh School of Law) are eligible to apply. Applicants are not eligible if they previously received the Marutani Fellowship.
The Fellowship will provide a stipend to subsidize a summer internship position with a non-profit public interest organization or with a federal, state or municipal government entity (including the judiciary) in Pennsylvania or in the Greater Philadelphia area. Internships must be secured by time of interview, but not necessarily by time of application.
Finalists will be selected based upon law school transcripts, past and present work and community service experience, accomplishments and awards, character, and an essay. Each finalist will be interviewed by the Fellowship Selection Committee.
The Fellowship recipient(s) will receive a stipend, up to $5000, for full-time summer employment (of at least eight weeks) at an organization described above. Applicants are eligible for the Marutani Fellowship even if they seek or receive other sources of summer funding.
After completing the internship, the Fellowship recipient will be required to complete a two-page report summarizing his/her summer experience. This report shall be submitted in a finished form appropriate for publication in the APABA-PA’s newsletter and its partner, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, and their publications. The Fellowship recipient will also be recognized at the APABA-PA’s annual banquet in the fall. Attendance at the banquet is a condition of the Fellowship.
Applications for the Marutani Fellowship are due March 6, 2017. Click to APPLY for the Marutani Fellowship


Applications and supporting documents should be emailed to [email protected].

Applicants are encouraged to make their submissions electronically. Applications may also be mailed or delivered to the Bar Foundation office. All deliveries must be postmarked March 6, 2017, or if they are hand-delivered, they are to be received by 4:00 p.m. on that date. If delivering by mail or in person, please mark the envelope “Confidential MF Application” and address it to: 

Jessica R. Hilburn-Holmes, Esq.

Executive Director

Philadelphia Bar Foundation

1101 Market Street, 11th Floor

            Philadelphia, PA 19107

For additional information as well as the application, please click here