Equal Justice Works Summer Corps includes 10 SU students

Ten students from Seattle University School of Law were selected as Equal Justice Works Summer Corps members this year. The program provides $1,000 education vouchers to first- and second-year law students working at least 300 summer hours at a nonprofit organization.

Seattle University School of Law was second only to University of Michigan in total grants received.

"That so many of our students received these vouchers is a testament to the outstanding and critical work done by our students, and their preparedness when seeking these opportunities," said Stacey Lara-Kerr, associate director of the law school's Center for Professional Development, who helps students find public interest opportunities.

Equal Justice Works had a record of 1,184 applications this year, so the selection process for the 420 recipients was extremely competitive. Summer Corps members will provide critically needed legal assistance to low-income and underserved communities in 44 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, Summer Corps members gain first-hand experience and legal skills in areas such as client intake, individual representation, research and writing.

Summer Corps members are engaged with a broad range of issues, including civil rights, community economic development, death penalty, disability rights, housing, domestic violence, education, public benefits and workers' rights.

2009 Equal Justice Corps Members from Seattle University School of Law are:

  • Arezou Arefi-Afshar, Community Legal Services Program- Family Law Program, Seattle.
  • Maria Bocanegra, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Seattle.
  • Jennifer Garber, Center for Children & Youth Justice, Seattle.
  • Megan Giske, Northwest Justice Project, Seattle.
  • Andra Kranzler, Solid Ground, Family Assistance Program, Seattle.
  • Susan Marx, Disability Rights Washington, Seattle.
  • Reyna Ramolete Hayashi, Unemployment Law Project, Seattle.
  • Naomi Strand, Public Interest Law Project, Oakland, Calif.
  • Nathaniel Sugg, Unemployment Law Project, Seattle.
  • Katelyn Thomason, YWCA of Pierce County, Tacoma.