Law school graduate accepts prestigious Bristow Fellowship

Kate Komp, '05

Vanderbilt Law School graduate and 2005 Founders Medal recipient Kate Komp has accepted a prestigious Bristow Fellowship in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States. The fellowship will start in August 2006 at the conclusion of her clerkship with Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the D.C. Circuit.

"Kate came to the law school as one of our Patrick Wilson Scholars," Professor Richard Nagareda said. "Her accomplishments here included serving as executive editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and as a member of the winning team in our annual moot court competition."

Bristow Fellows help draft briefs in opposition to certiorari filed against the government in the U. S. Supreme Court, and prepare recommendations to the solicitor general regarding authorization of government appeals in the lower courts. The fellows also assist staff lawyers in preparing petitions for certiorari and briefs on the merits in Supreme Court cases, work on special projects and assist the solicitor general and other lawyers in the office in the preparation of oral arguments in the Supreme Court. In recent years, four Bristow Fellows have been selected each year.

"Kate is truly an extraordinary student and an extraordinary person," Nagareda said. "We're proud to have a Vanderbilt law graduate in such a position."

The fellowship is named for Benjamin Bristow, who was named the first solicitor general by President Ulysses S. Grant when the position was created in 1870 and later served in Grant's cabinet as secretary of the treasury.