Equal Justice Works Honors

Erin Shea ’07 is one of only 54 Equal Justice Works Fellows in the nation for the Class of 2007 and the first one from Seattle University School of Law in a decade. Sabrina Andrus, 3L, was selected as a member of the National Advisory Committee to Equal Justice Works.

For her two-year fellowship, Shea is working at Columbia Legal Services in Seattle to establish a system of adequate court representation for Washington’s foster youth. Her goals include publishing and disseminating a foster youth rights handbook and working with stakeholders in the implementation of the Braam settlement – a historic settlement agreement reached in July 2004, creating a blueprint for reform of the child welfare system in Washington State.

During law school, Shea was president of the Public Interest Law Foundation and an article editor for the Seattle Journal for Social Justice. She participated in the Youth Advocacy Clinic, worked with the King County Dependency CASA program, and interned with the Washington State Senate Committee Services. She also served as an extern with the Honorable Mary E. Fairhurst at the Washington State Supreme Court.

Her fellowship is funded by ALM, with additional support of CLS and the School of Law.

Andrus was chosen for her prestigious position because of her achievements and commitment to public interest work. The committee provides advice, support and action to advance the Equal Justice Works mission to mobilize the next generation of public interest attorneys.

She is president of PILF and received a 2007 summer grant to work in the family law unit at the Northwest Justice Project. She is also co-president of Law Students for Reproductive Health.

EJW CEO David Stern visited the law school last month and heard about the exciting social justice work being done.

“I’ve been in my job for 16 years, and I have never seen anything as impressive as this,” he said. “I am blown away. It’s a fabric I have not seen in any other law school.”

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