From the 2005 News Archive
Professor Tom Pérez selected for Aspen-Rodel Fellowship
, Law School Assistant Professor was recently selected as an inaugural member in the Aspen-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership. Established by the Aspen Institute
in Washington, D.C., the Fellowship will assist in bringing together 24 of America's young top elected officials to facilitate discussions of broad issues such as true democratic governance and effective public service. In addition to his work on the faculty, Professor Pérez serves as Chair of the Montgomery County Council.
The fellows were selected during and eight-month search process that involved over 1,400 business, political, and civic leaders. "We are committed to getting past the narrow partisanship of contemporary politics and rebuilding a tradition of thoughtful dialogue and political civility," said the program's director, former US Congressman Mickey Edwards. In a joint statement, Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson and Rodel Foundation spokesman and Institute trustee, William D. Budinger, the fellowship program's chief source of inspiration, described the new program as "a serious effort to bring together, in one place, without partisan considerations, the brightest, most thoughtful, and most promising of America's young leaders."
Professor Pérez joins a distinguished group of fellows that include seven members of Congress, two lieutenant governors (including Michael Steele, along with Perez the only Marylanders chosen), two state treasurers, two secretaries of state, an attorney general, a mayor, a city council member, a county council president, and seven state legislators. The 24-month program consists of three weekend-long seminars in the United States and two overseas trips to study emerging issues important to the development of American foreign and trade policy.
[Story by Gynene Sullivan, for the School of Law]