The Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship
About The Honorable William M. Marutani
The Honorable William M. Marutani, a distinguished member of the judiciary, served both the Asian American community and the community at large for many years.
Born in Washington State, Judge Marutani was a second-generation Japanese American who served six months in an American internment camp following the Pearl Harbor attack in 1942. Later during the war, he served in the U.S. Military Intelligence Service (MIS).
As an attorney, Judge Marutani participated in the civil rights drives in the South and helped organize the 1963 March on Washington for the Japanese American Citizens League ("JACL"). From 1960 to 1970, he also served as a volunteer civil rights lawyer in cases involving the desegregation of schools and the promotion of voter registration drives in Mississippi. In 1967, Judge Marutani appeared on argument in Loving v. Virginia, a seminal case which struck down anti-miscegenation laws in 17 states.
As a jurist, Judge Marutani was the first Asian American judge in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Appointed to the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County in 1975, Judge Marutani became the first Asian American outside of the Pacific Coast states to preside as a judge of a court of general jurisdiction. Judge Marutani was later elected to a full ten-year term in 1977. During which time, he issued the decision requiring the all-boys Central High School to admit female students in 1983.
Up until his death in 2004, Judge Marutani also served on numerous civic and charitable boards and commissions. Most notably, in 1981 he was appointed to the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians by President Jimmy Carter. The Commission concluded that the internment of Japanese Americans was the unjust result of racism, wartime hysteria and a failure of political leadership.
The Fellowship is offered to Asian American first and second year law students at all accredited Pennsylvania law schools, Rutgers-Camden University School of Law, and Widener University School of Law, . The Fellowship will provide a stipend for an Asian American law student to enable him/her to take a summer internship position with a non-profit/public interest organization or a federal, state or municipal government office/agency (including the judiciary) in the Greater Philadelphia area in the hopes of giving Asian American law students a greater opportunity to gain full-time employment in areas of the law in which Asian American attorneys are currently underrepresented.
Finalists will be selected based upon his or her law school transcripts, past and present work and community service experience, prior 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 $5,000 (depending on sources of funding available to the student other than the Marutani Fellowship), for full-time summer employment (of at least ten weeks) at an organization as described above. Applicants are eligible for the Marutani Fellowship even if they seek or receive other sources of summer funding which must be reported to the Marutani Fellowship selection committee immediately. The 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. The Fellowship recipient will also be recognized at the APABA-PA’s annual banquet in the fall.
Philadelphia Bar Foundation
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We are now accepting applications for the Marutani Fellowship
The deadline is March 15, 2013