Law Student Receives Mitchell Scholarship for Study in Ireland
November 22, 2011 – Georgetown law student Tommy Tobin (L’14) has been named one of this year’s George J. Mitchell scholarship recipients for a year of graduate study in Ireland.
Tobin, one of twelve Mitchell scholars nationwide selected this year, plans to study law at the University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, during the 2012-2013 academic year.
“I am excited to join this incredible community of scholars,” said Tobin. “It is especially meaningful as George Mitchell, himself, is an alumnus of the Law Center.”
The Alumni Connection
Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell (D-Maine) graduated from the Law Center in 1961. The scholarship, administered by the nonpartisan U.S.-Ireland Alliance, honors his pivotal role in the Northern Ireland peace process and looks to connect generations of future American leaders with Ireland by fostering intellectual development, leadership and a commitment to public service.
Tobin graduated from Stanford University last year with distinction and double majored in international relations and history. He has received numerous academic awards and also interned at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Experiencing the Public Sector
During that internship he earned special recognition for his work on the trial team in United States v. General Electric, a case in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire that resulted in an estimated $50 million judgment for environmental damages.
Before starting his first year at Georgetown, Tobin held a string of other internships with the White House’s Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and Freedman Consulting, LLC.
Hunger for Helping Others
At Freeman, he provided policy and background research related to antipoverty, workforce development and hunger-related programs.
As an undergraduate, Tobin led the Stanford Project on Hunger to recover more than 100,000 meals for people in the surrounding community. He is the founder and president of Project FeedBack, a national food recovery program based in that aims to connect food donors with beneficiaries and has worked with DC Hunger Solutions.
“[Working on hunger projects,] I found that small individual actions, when aggregated, could lead to systematic changes,” Tobin said. “Just through rescuing food otherwise going to waste, we saved a local charity $36,000 annually ... hunger is a supreme tragedy in this nation of plenty. ... It doesn't need to be that way.”
He’s been recognized for his work for hunger solutions – selected as a 2010 STOP Hunger regional honoree by the Sodexo Foundation and as one of four national finalists for the 2009 President William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award.
Tobin will continue his studies at Georgetown Law when he returns from Ireland.