Missouri soldier and Yale law lecturer picked as new White House Fellow

Sunday, June 27, 2010 | 5:27 p.m. CDT; updated 8:52 a.m. CDT, Monday, June 28, 2010

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A lecturer from Yale Law School who is deputy director of its China Law Center has been named one of 13 new White House Fellows.

Jeffrey Prescott and others selected for the nonpartisan fellowships will spend a year working at the White House with its staff, cabinet secretaries and other high-level government officials.

Also selected was Jason Dempsey of Jefferson City, who is a lieutenant colonel in the Army.

Prescott, an expert on U.S. relations with China, founded the Yale center's Beijing office while living in China for a decade. He also was a visiting scholar at Peking University.

White House Fellows are selected based on leadership, potential and a commitment to public service. Other fellows this year hail from Tennessee, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and California.

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