Eric Tung, '10, Selected for Bristow Fellowship

Eric Tung, '10, Selected for Bristow Fellowship
Lynn Safranek
Law School Office of Communications
December 6, 2010

The University of Chicago Law School would like to congratulate Eric C. Tung, ’10, on his selection for the highly competitive Bristow Fellowship in the Solicitor General’s Office.

“We are so proud to see Eric’s hard work pay off in this achievement,” said Abbie Willard, Associate Dean for Career Services and Public Initiatives. “He was an excellent student while he was here, and he will be a valuable contributor to the Solicitor General’s Office.”

Tung, who currently clerks for Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, was among four people nationwide to be chosen to serve in the one-year fellowship. As a Bristow Fellow, Tung will assist the Solicitor General’s Office in its main tasks supervising and conducting government litigation in the U.S. Supreme Court. Applicants must have excellent academic records.

Considering the long odds at being selected, Tung said he almost didn’t apply. However, the easy application process led him to think he had nothing to lose. Tung said more Chicago Law students should take a chance on applying for the Bristow.

“My goal is to learn as much as I can as quickly as possible,” he said. “I look forward to working with my future boss, Neal Katyal, and to learn as much as I can from him. I also very much look forward to working with my co-fellows who, as I've already heard through the grapevine, are incredibly bright and wonderful people.”

At the Law School, Tung was a part of the Law Review for two years. He served as a Managing Editor in 2009. He also was involved in the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship.

“I'd like to thank my professors, study group, and friends on the Law Review for teaching me to think in different ways and write more effectively, for asking the hard questions, and for pushing me to do better,” Tung said. “I'd also like to thank members of the admissions committee, especially Assistant Dean for Admissions Ann Perry, for providing me the opportunity to attend such a great institution.”

Tung is one of three Chicago Law alumni to receive the Bristow. The others were Teal Luthy, '99, (now Teal Luthy Miller) in OT 2000-01 and David B. Salmons, ’96, in OT 1997-98.