Skadden Fellowship Awarded to Hannah Weinberger-Divack (’13)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The College of Law is proud to announce that Hannah Weinberger-Divack, a member of the Class of 2013, has been awarded a prestigious Skadden Fellowship by the Skadden Foundation. Described as a “legal Peace Corps” by the Los Angeles Times, the Skadden Fellowship Program was established in 1988 by the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP to support graduating law students who are dedicated to providing legal services to the poor, the elderly, the homeless, the disabled, and those deprived of their civil or human rights. Weinberger-Divack joins 28 other Skadden Fellows in the Class of 2013. She will spend the next two years at the National Senior Citizens Law Center in Washington, D.C., where she will advocate for low-income, older adults to receive health and personal care in their homes, avoiding unnecessary institutionalization. 

photo of Hannah Weinberger-Divack

Weinberger-Divack earned her B.A. in history from the University of Chicago, where she was a member of the Dean’s List every semester. At the College of Law, she has served as editor-in-chief of the Elder Law Journal and as vice president of the Public Interest Law Foundation. During her summers in law school, she worked at Equip for Equality (pursuing equal treatment for persons with disabilities) and at the Center for Responsible Lending (focusing on the mortgage crisis and the problem of predatory lending).

“Hannah is an outstanding student leader and public servant,” stated Dean Bruce Smith. “Through her dedication to the public interest, she exemplifies the very best of our public, land-grant tradition at Illinois. And by devoting herself to the welfare of elderly Americans, she builds on the College of Law’s pioneering contributions in the area of Elder Law. Hannah will represent her clients with energy, dignity, and compassion and we congratulate her on this exceptional achievement.”