Julian Pecora, a
2020 graduate of the WVU College of Law, has been selected to represent the
United States in the prestigious Atlantik-Brücke’s New Bridge Program, a leadership
fellowship. At the end of April, Pecora, an associate attorney at Huntington’s Farrell
White & Legg PLLC, will travel to Europe with a small group of young
American community leaders. While in Germany and Belgium, the group will meet
with high-ranking officials, visit key government and cultural sites, and network
with their European counterparts.
“My biggest hope is that I will be able to bring back connections and opportunities for West Virginia,” said Pecora, 28, originally of Clarksburg. “I want to establish a pipeline to this program for WVU Law grads.”
Pecora is only the second West Virginian ever selected by Atlantik-Brücke and will be the only leader from Appalachia on this spring’s trip. The fully funded 10-day program begins with a predeparture seminar in Washington, D.C., where participants get to know one another and make their first valuable connections with the transatlantic community. After completing the program, participants will be integrated into an alumni network with additional events and opportunities for continued exchange. With its New Bridge program, Atlantik-Brücke seeks to garner interest in Europe among more Americans and build a stronger transatlantic community.
Pecora said he is most excited about visiting the European Union and meeting people in Berlin. “I hope to be able to make contacts and then bring those connections back to West Virginia, either through economic development or programs or sending others to the fellowship,” he said.