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June 19, 2013

The first Hamill Fellow, M. Kamran Meyer, will begin the two-year fellowship this fall semester. The Hamill Fellowship provides an opportunity for a clinical law fellow to assist in the supervision and management of a law clinic at USF.

Meyer’s primary responsibilities will be with the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic, where he will directly supervise case work by clinic students and teach in the clinic classroom in coordination with clinic faculty. After graduating the USF School of Law in 2008, Meyer became a criminal defense attorney, working for the Law Offices of Charles Bourdon, where he quickly accumulated criminal defense experience, conducting motions, trials, sentencing, and discovery in state and federal courts. In 2011, Meyer opened his own private criminal defense firm, the Law Office of M. Kamran Meyer. This past year, he supervised the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic alongside Prof. Sharon Meadows and during her sabbatical.

The Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic is a core component of the USF law clinics. Students enrolled in this clinic represent indigent defendants in all phases of criminal proceedings, from arraignment through trial and occasional interlocutory appeals. They also represent defendants in juvenile court delinquency proceedings.

“USF School of Law knows that first-hand, practical skills training is invaluable for students in their legal careers. The inaugural Hamill Fellowship brings the opportunity to the USF School of Law to train future clinical teachers to the legal academic community,” said Professor Bill Ong Hing. “Kamran Meyer has stellar criminal defense experience and has already proven to be an effective teacher. We are especially proud, because he is a USF alum who is a product of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic.”

The Hamill family’s generosity created this new fellowship, building on their longstanding history of supporting USF and the School of Law. “Our family support of the law clinics was intended to provide an opportunity for law students to gain real and practical legal work experience while at the same time providing a resource of access and public benefit to the larger community,” said Steve Hamill ’78, a USF trustee. “Continuing these objectives, the Hamill Fellows program is intended to provide selected graduate students with same real and practical legal work experience by leading, engaging, and mentoring law students who are furthering the work and mission of the law clinics.”