The Polking Family Fellowship was established in February 2016 to recruit and provide funding for top law school candidates who have a demonstrated passion for the Catholic mission of the Law School and who share Notre Dame’s commitment to the inalienable dignity of every human life from conception to natural death. The fellowship was made possible through a generous endowment made by Paul and Joan Polking. Paul Polking ’59 B.S., ’66 J.D., is a retired executive vice president and general counsel for the Bank of America Corporation. He is also a member of the Law School Advisory Council.
In 2016-17, the Center welcomed its inaugural Polking Fellow, Margo Borders.
Notre Dame Law School
Margo Borders graduated in May 2016 from the Boston College Honors Program with a focus in Theology, and hails from Oklahoma City, OK. During her undergraduate studies, she served as president of the campus Pro-Life Club, interned with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and mentored inner-city girls in goal setting and the virtues with the Midtown Educational Foundation in Chicago. "Because the field of law is so crucial at a time where family values and basic human dignity are constantly threatened in our society and legal system, my future practice of the law should work to build the culture of life that is so intrinsic to the faith," said Borders. "My aspirations to work for the common good of all people will be enabled, enriched, and strengthened by working with the Center for Ethics and Culture."