Being an Urban Morgan Fellow gave Heldman a structured way to stay engaged with current events and learn about international human rights law, while at the same time balancing the core curriculum in domestic law.
“The fellowship really opened a lot of doors for me. It broadened and enriched the curriculum in very meaningful ways,” said Heldman.
During her first summer, she traveled to the Netherlands, where she interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.
“It was an amazing experience for me, to see the ins and outs of a post-conflict tribunal dealing with large-scale atrocities,” said Heldman, “I think it’s important to study the challenges of international justice and think about how this type of tribunal can function in the future.”
In her second year, Heldman traveled to Egypt. At the time, a new constitution was being developed after President Hosni Mubarak was forced from power. Heldman went to Cairo and worked with a non-governmental organization that was participating in the drafting process. She also had a front-row seat to the uprising and coup that unfolded in the summer of 2013.
“It was a phenomenal opportunity to be back in the Middle East, the region I have the most experience in and most wanted to work in after law school” she said. "It was very important to see the process of attempting to rebuild a legal system amidst significant political upheaval."