Student Fellows

 

Joining the Rural Summer Legal Corps program is a great way to gain valuable first-hand experience which can ultimately lead to a public interest legal career.


Selected student fellows will work with esteemed LSC-funded civil legal aid organizations to build their legal skills in various areas, such as:

  • Direct legal services: Intake, client and witness interviews, advocating for clients, attending hearings, assisting attorneys in legal representation, legal research, and writing.
  • Outreach and education: Developing and distributing fact sheets, developing and delivering training on legal topics or on how to access legal services.
  • Capacity building: Organizational assessments, compiling best practices, organizing focus groups, leading planning committees.

Serving as a RURAL Summer Legal Corps Student Fellow

The Rural Summer Legal Corps program will operate between May-August 2018. Although start dates are flexible, all selected participants must complete the required 300 hours of service by September 1, 2018, in order to receive the $5,000 stipend.

Eligibility

The Rural Summer Legal Corps is open to law students from an accredited law school who have completed their first or second year of law school by the start of their summer. Participants must also agree to a criminal background check during the application process.


2018 Student Fellows

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Rebecca Mears
California Rural Assistance

  Rebecca is spending this summer addressing blight and       discriminatory foreclosure practices in minority communities in rural areas of California. In this role, she collects data on foreclosures while identifying specific impacts on minority communities, conducts community engagement activities, and applies her excellent research and writing skills to prepare pleadings and provide litigation support. Rebecca is a rising third-year law student at Stanford Law School

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Lauren North
Kentucky Legal Aid

Lauren is focusing on expungements for individuals in Kentucky for her summer Fellowship. In this role, she is working closely with KLA staff to establish a system of community education and outreach, pro se clinics, and direct representation to assist in expunging felony convictions for eligible individuals in order to open paths to affordable housing options, employment, and voting rights restoration. Lauren is a rising second-year law student at University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

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Taylor Davis
Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Taylor is working with the ALSC’s Pro Bono Training Academy to design training content and coordinate with private attorneys to design a training clinic and create related resources. She is also providing direct legal assistance to individuals in rural Alaska by appearing in court, interviewing clients, drafting legal documents, and providing other direct services. Taylor is a rising second-year law student at University of South Carolina School of Law.

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Ashlyn Kahler-Rios
Colorado Legal Service

Ashlyn is spending this summer working with the CLS Migrant Farm Worker Division to increase farm workers’ access to the legal system and to justice. She is providing education and outreach on basic legal rights to low-income workers, and assisting in the development of new or ongoing cases, thereby improving the working conditions of farm workers. Ashlyn is a rising second-year law student at University of Colorado Law    School.

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David Kim
Pine Tree Legal Assistance

David is spending his summer working on the Medical/Legal Partnership between Pine Tree Legal Assistance and Maine VA that helps connect veterans in rural communities with legal assistance. In his Fellowship position, David conducts outreach and education, creates and presents trainings, and conducts intake interviews and legal research on behalf of clients. David is a rising third-year law student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.


Daniel Mann
Ohio State Legal Services Association

This summer, Daniel is working on a project entitled the “Youth Law Project,” which helps resolve any legal barriers young people ages 13-24 have to education, housing, medical care, and employment. He supports this project by interviewing and screening clients, assisting attorneys with accepted cases, and attending community and stakeholder meetings. Daniel is a rising second-year law student at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

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Caitlyn McDaniel
Ohio State legal Services Association

Caitlyn is providing support to the Court Costs Group during her summer Fellowship, which addresses the issue of access in rural courts to record sealing and obtaining certificates of qualified employment. She is providing outreach and education surrounding the value of obtaining certificates of qualified employment, and conducting valuable research around court access. Caitlyn is a rising second-year law student at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

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Ashle Bray
Iowa Legal Aid

This summer, Ashle is providing legal assistance to rural Iowans in central Iowa, with a focus on victims of domestic violence. She is involved with the intake process, representing clients in administrative or court hearings, and providing community legal education. Ashle is passionate about helping her community and solving complex legal issues while utilizing a strengths-based, holistic approach, which she will be able to apply with this Fellowship. Ashle is a rising second-year law student at Drake University Law School.

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Sara Fossum
Micronesian Legal Services

This summer, Sara is working closely and collaboratively with the staff at Micronesian Legal Services to plan and conduct a community needs assessment. Sara is a rising second-year law student at University of Colorado Law School

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Jared Blanton
Legal Aid of Arkansas

Jared is spending his summer Fellowship assisting with the development and implementation of the Monroe County Children in Trust Pilot Project, and work with the Medical-Legal Partnership Program to provide legal information and education to community partners and clients at established outreach locations, as well as to interview potential clients. Jared is a rising third-year law student at the University Of Alabama School Of Law.

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Araceli Vazquez
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Araceli is working with the Farmworker team on cases involving farm work performed throughout Texas or in other States by migrating Texans. Araceli assists with a variety of employment law matters affecting migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, and helps conduct Know Your Rights outreach and community education. Araceli is a rising third-year law student at Texas Tech University of Law.

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Ana Laurel
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

This summer, Ana is working with the Disaster Assistance team to respond to legal impacts from Hurricane Harvey, and assisting with cases in which individuals who applied for assistance from FEMA disagree with the decision regarding their claims, as well as other disaster-related issues including landlord-tenant disputes, clearing title to real property, unemployment, and consumer issues. Ana is a rising third-year law student at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

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Alannah Willis
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

Alannah’s Fellowship focuses on maintaining and expanding the Bayou Country Rural Outreach Project, which holds legal clinics for low-income clients at local public libraries. In this position, she conducts community outreach, organizes and prepares materials for clinics, assists with client intake and interviewing, and works with the attorneys to advocate for clients. Alannah is a rising second-year law student at Tulane University Law School.

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Bradley Tidwell
South Carolina Legal Services, Inc.

Bradley’s Fellowship position is a liaison to the South Carolina Free Clinic Association and its members to implement the expansion of the rural initiative. He will spend his Fellowship pursuing innovative ways to provide legal representation for low-income clients by advocating for embedding legal clinics in medical clinic locations. Bradley is a rising second-year law student at University of South Carolina School of Law.

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Sharonda Roberson
Prairie State Legal Services

Sharonda’s Fellowship will play a key role in expanding the   organization’s ability to provide direct client services in rural areas of Illinois, and will specifically perform a range of activities to improve the organization’s readiness to respond to disasters in those rural areas. Sharonda is a student at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

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Giselle Rasberry
North Mississippi Rural Legal Services

Giselle is working in the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, helping low-income clients in their controversies with the IRS. She represents clients as an authorized student attorney and assists with client intake and interviews, case assessments, preparing for appeals, developing briefs, and negotiation collection alternatives. Giselle is a rising second-year law student at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

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Reid Posey
North Mississippi Rural Legal Services

Reid is providing legal services to low-income clients in the areas of foreclosure prevention, consumer protection, family law, social security disability, administrative law, and public housing. Reid is also conduction an outreach project to raise awareness about the services the office offers Mississippians. Reid is a rising third-year law student at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

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John Keller, Jr.
Legal Aid of West Virginia

During his Fellowship, John is expanding Legal Aid of West Virginia’s work to secure safety, stability, and economic and educational support for low-income children living in kinship care in rural communities. John is a rising second-year law student at University of Maryland Carey School of Law.

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Maria Pena
New Mexico Legal Aid

Maria’s Fellowship is with the Low-Wage Workers Advocacy Project this summer, and is primarily addressing violations of worker protections statutes with this project. She is working on outreach, education, and Know Your Rights workshops with workers in agricultural and food-packing industries where wage theft and other workplace violations are rampant. Maria is a rising second-year law student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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Sandy Garcia
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

Sandy is spending her summer Fellowship working on a project related to increasing employment opportunities for adults of color in the justice system. Sandy will focus on outreach and education, one-on-one consultations, and impact litigation and policy work. Sandy is a rising second-year law student at the University of California, Davis School of Law.

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Elizabeth Brown
Montana Legal Services Association

This summer, Elizabeth is focusing on rural clients with legal needs in a variety of practice areas, including housing, consumer law, self-help legal assistance, public benefits, domestic violence and family law, and Indian law. She’’ provide litigation support to attorneys and direct assistance to clients. Elizabeth is a rising second-year law student at the George  Washington University Law School.

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Stephanie DeMartini
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Stephanie is spending her summer networking and understanding the role the justice courts play in directing tenants towards legal services, and helping to benefit the low-income population in Sullivan County by distributing information about legal services and providing legal representation to clients. Stephanie is a rising second-year law student at the City University of New York School of Law.

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Kyle Campbell
Legal Services of North Florida

Kyle is working on a new project to educate and inform residents of the Northwest Florida Housing Authority of their rights to organize, and to ensure they are aware of their legal rights in other areas that affect low-income families. Kyle is a rising second-year student at the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Matthew Victorio
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.

Matthew is spending his summer providing legal assistance to victims of domestic violence. In addition to casework, he is helping to create materials that will be distributed for outreach projects and community education. Matthew is a rising third-year law student at the Saint Louis University School of Law.

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Faith Castillo
Legal Assistance of Western New York

Faith is working with the Community Development Project to assist in providing access to legal services to nonprofits and community organizations making positive changes local rural communities. She is a rising third-year law student at SMU Dedman School of Law.

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Jasmine Greenfield
Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York

Jasmine is spending her summer providing housing representation to low-income clients in rural areas of New York. She is working on eviction defenses, warranty of habitability cases, and administrative advocacy to secure housing-related public benefits, including ongoing emergency cash assistance and eligibility for HUD housing subsidies. Jasmine is a rising third-year law student at Syracuse University College of Law.

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Eric Di Giacomo
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma

This summer, Eric is assisting in the identification of violations of the Fair Housing Act. He is also working towards increasing the public’s awareness of the Fair Housing laws in southeastern Oklahoma and empowering those persons to enforce their rights. Eric is a rising second-year law student at the University of Tulsa College of Law.

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Emily Guillaume
Legal Aid of West Virginia

During her Fellowship, Emily is focusing on Legal Aid of West Virginia’s work to secure safety, stability, and economic and educational support for low-income children living in kinship care in rural communities. Emily is a law student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

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Caitlin Kidd
Legal Aid of the Bluegrass

Caitlin’s Fellowship will focus on Legal Aid of the Bluegrass’ mobile Justice Bus. The Justice bus travels to rural counties to bring services to people who have been identified as being underserved, and Caitlin is helping to organize personnel and pro bono attorneys to staff the bus, help with intake and client interviews, and run conflict checks. Caitlin is a rising second-year law student at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

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Kimberly Barton
Legal Aid of Nebraska

This summer, Kimberly is focusing on the Legal Aid of Nebraska’s REACH Project (Raising Effective Advocacy for Crime Victims Health and Safety), and is working towards increasing the number of domestic violence victims provided legal services in rural communities. Kimberly is a rising second-year law student at the University of Nebraska College of Law.

 2017 Student Fellows

Head PhotoDaniel McCaskey
Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Daniel will work on the Pro Bono Training Academy helping to train pro bono attorneys by developing bankruptcy content and coordinating with private attorneys to design a bankruptcy clinic and resources. He will work with rural office attorneys offering direct services to clients.

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Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky

Anthony will spend the summer working to help AppalReD expand and improve its services in the area of government-subsidized housing. He will provide direct legal services on subsidized housing cases, compile information about these programs, and review Public Housing Authority policies.

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Sue Eng Ly
Blue Ridge Legal Services

Sue Eng will focus on legal problems arising from her client population’s residing in manufactured home parks. She will help to further identify these manufactured home tenants, inform them of their rights, and provide legal assistance to those qualified clients in enforcing their rights under Virginia’s landlord-tenant and manufactured home park statutes.

HeadPhotoCaitlin Newswanger
California Rural Legal Assistance

Caitlin will use her background as a social worker to help pilot CRLA’s reentry project. This summer she will  work one on one with and develop a workshop to assist ex-offenders successfully re-enter society.  She will assist in eliminating barriers to housing and jobs and preventing some people from having to go to homeless shelters.

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Lhesly Navarrete
California Rural Legal Assistance

Lhesly has worked at several non-profit and community organizations to provide pro bono legal service to low-income and undocumented communities. Most recently she attended a service trip to Texas where she assisted in completing pro se application for asylum seekers. This summer, Lhesly will assist clients with H-2A and H-2B applications, identify housing sites, and develop outreach and education materials.

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Marcela Schaefer
Colorado Legal Services

Marcela will complete client interviews, conduct legal research relevant to fair worker labor conditions, wage claims, and other legal matters central to the lives of the farmworkers. She will also spend significant time connecting with the local service providers and performing outreach and education to the migrant and seasonal agricultural workers.

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Georgia Legal Services Program

Mamie served 14 years as an active duty and reserves Air Force Personnel Officer. She will be utilizing her global community development experience to assist Georgia  Legal Services Program with their development of community outreach programs, in addition to addressing affordable housing and evictions in rural counties.

Head PhotoEmma Otterpohl
Iowa Legal Aid

Emma will provide services to low-income and elderly Iowans with legal issues such as housing, employment, and family law, among others. As part of her service, she will draft pleadings, conduct legal research, and accompany attorneys to court hearings.

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Nathaniel Smith
Legal Advice and Referral Center

Nathaniel will work with Medical-Legal Partnership cases to help connect clients with the services they need. He will perform intake services, coordinate legal services delivery, and serve as a legal assistance resource for the Ammonoosuc Community Health Services Center.

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Legal Aid of Arkansas

Lindsey will assist with Legal Aid of Arkansas’s domestic and sexual violence program which provides legal aid to victims in rural North Central Arkansas. Lindsey will handle several orders of protection as well as coordinate with local shelters and work on the Legal Aid HelpLine.

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Camilo Rodriguez
Legal Aid of North Carolina

Camilo will provide case support for free legal assistance in civil matters to migrant farm workers throughout North Carolina. He will support cases related to unpaid wages, violations of the H2-A employment contract, and human trafficking claims by conducting client interviews, working with case teams, and supporting community education efforts.

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PJ Ratcliffe
Legal Aid of West Virginia

PJ will use his experience from working in the Workers’ Rights Clinic at the University of Arizona to help expand LAWV’s work to ensure safety, stability, and economic and educational support for low-income and TANF recipient children in the southern coalfields and in the east central portion of West Virginia.

HeadphotoGeoffrey Hamilton
Legal Aid of Wyoming

Geoffrey applied to the Rural Summer Legal Corps excited to work with migrant workers in the tobacco fields; areas that are intertwined with both of his passions: employment law and immigration. He will draft pro se pleadings for the Code of Federal Regulations Court utilizing web-based self-help forms and will devote his time to providing on-site assistance to applicants.

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Tyler Akers
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.

Tyler will use his experience growing up in a small southern Oklahoma community to assist the Legal Services of Oklahoma to create a Pro Se Divorce Clinic. Through this clinic, Tyler will serve low-income persons in Oklahoma to address common misunderstandings, incomplete forms, due process problems, and referrals from courts.

NoUserImage_BigGabrielle Bright
Legal Aid Services of Oregon

Gabrielle will help provide estate-planning services to low-income tribal members in rural reservation communities in Oregon. She will assist the Native American Program to develop and offer educational presentations, conduct meetings with clients, and research legal issues related to estate planning and probate in Indian Country.

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Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York

Danielle will help to address the lack of safeguards for low-income clients entering into land contract agreements.  To advocate for those affected by this growing issue, she will revise documents that encompassed the proper elements of this type of contract so there would be less room for disputes later on.

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Ivannoel Gonzalez Dollar
Legal Services Alabama

Having grown up in a small cotton town in North Alabama, Ivannoel will use his knowledge of the area and rural populations to address systemic problems in the labor market related to a transitioning economy. To alleviate some of the symptoms of rural marginalization, he will create better access and communication with the legal community for the rural communities in the western Black Belt region of the state.

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Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Born and raised in the small river town of Hannibal, MO, Chris will use his knowledge of that rural community to provide legal assistance to domestic abuse victims and low-income clients. He is passionate about giving these chronically underserved groups equal access to justice and looks forward to translating his legal training into helping real people that truly need it.

HeadphotoMelissa Ramos
Legal Services of North Florida

Melissa will use her passion for social justice issues to assist Northern Florida residents with their legal service needs. As someone who has helped a community gain access to clean water in the Dominican Republic and worked at a crisis and counseling hotline in Tallahassee, she will advocate for and guide these individuals who are hindered within their communities because of past criminal convictions.

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Karolyn Keller
MidPenn Legal Services

Karolyn is pursuing a career in public interest and is excited for the opportunity to educate and provide legal aid to a community not too far or different from where she was brought up. Through “Project My Home,” Karolyn will assist low-income individuals and families who are living in or applying for public housing by conducting interviews with heads-of-household, assisting clients with completing public housing applications and researching applicable case law.

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Lauren LeSueur
Montana Legal Services Association

As a small town Montana native, Lauren will assist directly with case work and provide telephonic legal advice for MSLA’s rural clients. She will also research case-specific legal issues and draft petitions, motions, and other court documents for rural clients, mainly in the areas of housing and family law.

HeadphotoFelicia Charles
Nevada Legal Services

Felicia would like to use her law degree to help improve the lives of other people. With Nevada Legal Services’ Rural Pro Se Project, she will provide assistance to clients and study how each court handles the cases appearing before the judges. She will prepare pro se educational packets for the most frequently seen issues in the rural justice courts.

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Tonell Jones
North Mississippi Rural Legal Services

Tonell is from Oxford, Mississippi and plans to work as a public defender after graduating from law school. This summer, she will work with the Mississippi Taxpayer Assistance Project, a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic housed within North Mississippi Rural Legal Services. She will maintain the Client Call Log from the intake message service and call potential clients to conduct intakes.

Head photoAnn Roche
Ohio State Legal Services Association

Ann is excited to work with Southeastern Ohio Legal Services in her hometown of Newark, Ohio. She will work with OSLSA’s “Court Cost Group” to assist with cases by interviewing clients, gathering facts/documents, and performing research. She will learn about different court cost issues in the counties around Newark, Ohio.

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Julia Konieczny
Ohio State Legal Services Association

Julia will work with OSLSA’s Athen’s office on a multi-disciplinary medical-legal partnership project entitled “A Comprehensive Patient Navigation Program for Rural Appalachia.” She will work with clients who have type 2 diabetes to resolve legal problems that interfere with their medical care or cause stress, which can aggravate diabetes. She will also help to develop stories for clients who agree to track their health histories.

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Kace Rodwell
Oklahoma Indian Legal Services

Growing up in a rural, tribal hometown, Kace witnessed the adversities her tribe faced and the lack of resources available to help their legal issues due to the many facets and complexities of Native American law. As a tribal member, she went to law school to help all tribes in her state that face many similar obstacles. Kace will work this summer in the Native American Will Drafting Clinic and gain hands-on experience in will drafting and client interviewing at the OILS main office and at tribal field offices.

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Dominic Interlicchia
South Carolina Legal Services

Dominic will serve in the rural counties of Pickens and Oconee where he will help create a project connecting pro bono volunteer lawyers with students to expand representation of consumer debtors to all rural areas. He will draft responsive pleadings, meet with potential clients, and assist with representation of clients in court. He will also help to gather valuable feedback for SCLS by designing a survey for clients about their debt collection/lawsuit experiences.

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Stephanie Moore
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

Stephanie grew up in rural communities throughout the Midwest and has experience serving clients throughout Southeast Louisiana to obtain court documents, conduct investigations, and interview residents.  This summer, she will help SLLS increase outreach efforts to clients in Bayou Country by providing legal services in partnership with rural libraries. She will also help promote and assist with SLLS’s new self-help desk in Lafourche Parish.

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Delhon Braaten
Three Rivers Legal Services

Delhon will work on the Guardian Advocacy Project to ensure that backlogged cases are filed expeditiously. His work will enable rural caregivers to obtain necessary services and medical treatment for their developmentally disabled adult children and relatives.  He will interview clients and their families, draft pleadings, conduct legal research, communicating with the clients, and observing final hearings.

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Margaret Moon
West Tennessee Legal Services

Before starting law school, Maggie worked with a mental health services agency for kids and developed an interest in effecting change in the health care and legal world. This summer she will be an essential part of establishing a rural behavioral health medical-legal partnership providing holistic help for low-income individuals to overcome non-medical/psychological barriers that include a legal solution.

2016 Student Fellows

NoUserImage_BigEmily Obermiller
Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Emily served an integral part of establishing ALSC’s Pro Bono Training Academy, which seeks to increase the availability of legal resources in remote Alaskan communities for those facing issues such as bankruptcy, access to public benefits, housing issues, and elder abuse.

NoUserImage_BigJoseph Bonica
Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky

Joseph focused primarily on family law, developing pro se materials and conducting outreach for clients seeking to obtain a legal divorce in Eastern and South Central Kentucky. He organized and conducted pro se divorce clinics and formulated a model procedure that AppalReD can continue to utilize throughout its service area.

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Blue Ridge Legal Services

Joseph championed tenant rights among low-income tenants of mobiles homes in rural Virginia. He provided legal relief to clients facing substandard living conditions, unsafe maintenance practices, predatory rent-to-own contracts, unannounced home intrusions from landlords, and other issues jeopardizing their safety, stability, and financial well-being.

AlcarazTanairi-newTanairi Alcaraz
California Rural Legal Assistance

Tanairi will empowered and educated women farmworkers through legal outreach, community education, direct assistance and representation, and litigation support for ongoing cases. She had the opportunity to work on employment cases including sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, wage and hour discrepancies, among others.

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DNA-People’sPeople’s Legal Services

Hannah helped fight poverty on the Navajo and Hopi reservations, by interviewing clients, drafting advice letters, and providing “brief services.” As a part of her service, she completed pro se documents and demand letters, conducted legal research, drafted pleadings, and accompanied attorneys to tribal, state, or federal court.

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Indiana Legal Services

Katherine helped residents in rural Austin, Indiana manage legal issues that have arisen in the wake of a recent HIV outbreak. She interviewed and worked with clients to assemble pertinent records, meet with project partners to strengthen ILS’ referral network, and coordinated local meetings to facilitate discussion around topical legal matters affecting the community.

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Iowa Legal Aid

Bethany assisted with Iowa Legal Aid’s domestic violence program which provides legal aid to geographically remote and underserved victims. She was integrated into client services including intake and interviews, case investigation, legal strategizing, protective order requests, safety planning with clients, and representation in hearings.

NoUserImage_BigAisatou Diallo
Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York

Aisatou worked to provide housing representation in the Plattsburgh office catchment area. She worked on eviction defenses, warranty of habitability cases, and administrative advocacy to secure housing-related public benefits, including ongoing and emergency cash assistance and eligibility for Housing and Urban Development housing subsidies.

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Legal Action of Wisconsin

Amanda worked to provide quality legal services to agricultural workers located in rural areas of Wisconsin. Two to three evenings each week, she conducted outreach visits to migrant camps and other locations frequented by agricultural workers throughout the state.

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Legal Aid of Arkansas

Laura provided legal outreach, education, and assistance to economically distressed individuals who were patients of federally qualified health centers in the Ozark region. She also helped conduct provider education about identifying and referring patients with health harming legal needs, and on other substantive legal topics.

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Legal Aid of Arkansas

Brittany Ward  engaged in Legal Aid of Arkansas’s litigation against the Arkansas Department of Human Services, including on the issues of Medicaid Home and Community based services. She was also actively involved in the substantive area of education law as it relates to disability, including traveling at least once a week to an outreach location in a rural Delta county where she collected data, offered legal services, and performed outreach and education.

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Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

C.R. focused on economic stability issues such as housing, consumer law, public benefits, and barriers to employment in Texas’ rural communities. He played an integral part in expanding services by coordinating legal clinics, interviewing applicants for services, assisting staff attorneys in assessing cases, and providing advice and services to clients.

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Legal Aid of West Virginia

Courtney expanded LAWV’s work in the Lewisburg LAWV Office Service Area to secure safety, stability, and economic and educational support for low income and TANF recipient children in rural counties. She conducted outreach, developed community education, and assisted with ongoing cases on behalf of children.

NoUserImage_BigMeagan Preece
Legal Aid of West Virginia

Meagan expanded LAWV’s work in the Logan LAWV Office Service Area to secure safety, stability, and economic and educational support for low income and TANF recipient children in rural counties. She conducted outreach, developed community education, and assisted with ongoing cases on behalf of children.

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Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma

Adam Ondo provided assistance to clients while working closely with two attorneys in providing on-the-spot legal aid to victims of domestic violence facing their abusers in court. He contacted applicants and interviewed clients to clarify the facts of each case, reviewed pending protective order petitions, obtained background information and witness statements, and summarized the cases for attorneys to review.

NoUserImage_BigJoelle Eliza Lingat
Legal Aid Society of Hawaii

Joelle was responsible for addressing the critical need for legal expertise in the areas of family law, healthcare, pro bono representation, and wills and estate planning for elderly communities in the Kau District of Hawaii. She was exposed to duties including client interviews and counseling, preparation of litigation, drafting of legal documents, participation in court and administrative hearings, coordination with pro bono attorneys, and outreach and education.

GroszhansCourtney-newCourtney Groszhans
Legal Aid Society, Inc.

Courtney worked to establish tenant organizations in government-subsidized housing complexes, researching and reporting complaints made by tenants, and participating in lawsuits against non-compliant landlords. She provided outreach, education, and organizing assistance to tenants of government-subsidized housing complexes in fourteen rural Kentucky counties.

NoUserImage_BigRobert Hollers
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Robert helped LSEM expand outreach efforts and increase capacity, mostly in serving domestic violence victims living in rural eastern Missouri. He completed a wide variety of substantive tasks including intake screenings, client interviews, drafting pleadings, electronic filing, docket management, court appearances, and closeout assistance for primarily domestic violence cases.

NoUserImage_BigLauren Thomas
MidPenn Legal Services

Lauren assisted seniors living in the most rural area of Pennsylvania with legal needs including consumer law, financial abuse, disability, and exploitation through the Consumer Advocacy for Rural Seniors Project. She educated community members of their rights and available resources, produced know-your-rights materials that were given to elderly assistance facilities, and assisted and represented clients in legal matters.

NoUserImage_BigRamon Hernandez
New Mexico Legal Aid

Ramon helped NMLA expand its capacity to handle wage theft litigation, worker safety issues, developed advocate training materials, provided assistance to victims, and conducted outreach and legal education programs in targeted communities. New Mexico Legal Aid’s Low-Wage Workers Advocacy Project is designed to address the needs of vulnerable farmworkers and other low-wage workers.

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Northwest Justice Project

Jarquita worked with the Integrated Rural Legal Assistance Project which provides holistic legal assistance to immigrant victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in a highly isolated, geographically vast five-county region of north central Washington State. She also initiated a “court watch” program to observe domestic violence protection order proceedings in those five counties.

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Ohio State Legal Services Association

Tyler helped address the lack of housing codes and enforcement as well as adequate housing for low-income clients. He helped OSLSA work to improve the situation by developing legal theories for addressing the problem in court and by collecting client stories and information about the problem for sharing with public officials and the community.

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Oklahoma Indian Legal Services

Cathryn worked with OILS’ Native American Will Drafting Project to ensure the transfer of land and possessions to desired heirs after a community member’s death, where family allotments are often taken through escheatment due to laws passed by Congress in 2004. She played a key role in outreach and education to potential clients by utilizing and maintaining established relationships with several tribal headquarters.

NoUserImage_BigRachel Given
Pine Tree Legal Assistance

Rachel joined the Pine Tree team to work on the Rural Third Party Debt Relief Project which targets credit card/third party debt collector matters. She spent the majority of the summer on individual case work for low-income residents in rural Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Waldo Counties. She also became acquainted with the rural courts, court personnel, and the local Bar while doing outreach and education.

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Prairie State Legal Services

William assisted in Order of Protection proceedings, conducted outreach efforts, and worked to identify systemic issues that are preventing domestic abuse victims from pursuing legal action against their abusers. At the end of the summer term, he prepared a short report outlining steps PSLS can take to further strengthen services to victims in Livingston County, including ways to encourage greater pro bono participation among Livingston County’s 45 registered attorneys.

NoUserImage_BigAvery Riley
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Corporation

Avery worked to implement the Rural River Parishes Outreach and Legal Clinic project in St. John, St. James, and St. Charles, Louisiana. The parishes are all located in the infamous “Cancer Alley” (formerly referred to as the petrochemical corridor) due to high cancer rates there. This project focused on reaching and assisting families grappling with health consequences related to industrial pollution.

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Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Angela helped close the justice gap for immigrant farmworkers by becoming an integral part of the medical-legal partnership team, assisting attorneys on an array of cases in the areas of immigration, health, employment, housing, income maintenance, debtor protection, and family law.

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Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

KenDrell was incorporated into TRLA’s farmworker team in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, primarily in Hidalgo and Cameron counties along the Texas-Mexico border. He played an integral part in addressing the issues facing this underserved population such as wage theft, occupational safety concerns, transportation, housing safety, and workplace discrimination.

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Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Rachel was incorporated into TRLA’s farmworker team in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, primarily in Hidalgo and Cameron counties along the Texas-Mexico border. She played an integral part in addressing the issues facing this underserved population such as wage theft, occupational safety concerns, transportation, housing safety, and workplace discrimination.

NoUserImage_BigMatthew Taylor
West Tennessee Legal Services

Matthew conducted research and prepared informational materials to help parents of children with disabilities in rural west Tennessee understand their rights under new education legislation. He developed a training program for parents of children with disabilities, assisted in research for and preparation of a Guide for Special Education Advocates, and researched and implemented community-wide education on IDEA and Tennessee’s Individualized Education Act.