Using the attorney's fees earned from a successful pro bono case won by John Oberdorfer, Patton Boggs established the Patton Boggs Foundation to commemorate the retirement of founding partner James R. Patton, Jr. The Patton Boggs Foundation provides a $5,000 Public Policy Fellowship grant that traditionally has been given to two Colorado Law students in $2,500 awards. The Foundation annually grants Public Policy Fellowships to exceptional law students who spend their summers working on public policy matters for either a non-profit institution or a government agency. Positions may be domestic or international.
By making this Fellowship available, the Foundation embodies the firm's commitment to creating new and valuable opportunities in the public policy field for tomorrow's attorneys. Former Colorado Law student recipients of the Fellowship have worked for organizations such as the Supreme Court of Ghana, the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, the DNA Justice Review Project (Denver, CO), the Center for International Environmental Law (Geneva, Switzerland), and the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (Washington, D.C.).