Students spend summer working for justice
(May 25, 2010) Students committed to working for justice will gain valuable experience this summer through internships and fellowships.
Andra Kranzler, a 2L, is one of only four students in the country to receive a John J. Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship to provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving low-income and homeless people, while gaining direct experience in a public interest forum.
Also, seven students were selected as Equal Justice Summer Corps members, and 18 received summer grants from the law school's Public Interest Law Foundation.
Kranzler will intern at West Tennessee Legal Services in Jackson, helping to develop strategies and write policies that will maximize client independence and autonomy that can hopefully be replicated in other low-income and rural communities. She has a degree in urban and regional planning, came to law school after working as a homeless family case manager and hopes to work as a housing attorney.
"I'm very excited about this internship, because I will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with community development organizations as they develop safe, affordable, and accessible housing," she said. "This internship will expose me to the different legal advocacy skills needed to effectively address rural communities' housing needs. This is the work I came to law school to do and I am very grateful for this amazing opportunity."
The internship is managed jointly by the American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. It provides a $2,500 stipend.
Seven students also will work at nonprofit organizations as Equal Justice Works Summer Corps members.
Summer Corps members will provide critically needed legal assistance to low-income and underserved communities around the country. In addition, Summer Corps members gain first-hand experience and legal skills in areas such as client intake, individual representation, research and writing. They 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. With a record of 1,536 applications this year, the selection process was extremely competitive.
Each will receive a $1,000 AmeriCorps education award voucher upon completion of a minimum of 300 hours of summer service. Selected as EJW Summer Corps members from Seattle University School of Law this summer are:
- Eben Allen, Oregon Law Center
- Kerry Clayman, Northwest Justice Project
- Reyes Delos, The Defender Association
- Whitney Knox, Associated Counsel for the Accused
- Nina Scheel, Northwest Justice Project
- Marie-Gabrielle Schneck, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
- Alex West, Seattle Community Law Center
In addition, the law school's Public Interest Law Foundation funded 18 summer internships at agencies locally, throughout the country and abroad. Kranzler, Allen and West also received PILF grants.
Other recipients are:
- Arcadia Corbett, Istanbul Kadin Kuruluslari Birligi, Istanbul, Turkey
- Kevin DeLiban, LAW Advocates, Bellingham, Wash.
- Javier Dominguez, Bay Area Legal Aid, Oakland, Calif.
- Eric Holte, Snohomish County Public Defender Association, Everett, Wash.
- Yair Inspektor, Alaska Public Defender Agency, Anchorage
- Anupa Iyer, Mental Disability Advocacy Center, Budapest, Hungary
- Justin Mathews, Associated Council for the Accused, Seattle
- Christopher Mihalo, Northwest Health Law Advocates, Seattle
- Kathrine Price, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Seattle
- Sandy Restrepo, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Seattle
- Sascha Sprinkle, Disability Rights Washington, Seattle
- Erik Steinecker, King County Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, Seattle
- Aileen Tsao, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Seattle
- Meagan Tousley, Legal Aid South Africa, Johannesburg
- Adrienne Wat, Unemployment Law Project, Seattle