2015 Summer Legal Fellows

2015 Summer Legal Fellows

Antonia Edwards '16 - Fordham Law School

Fordham Law School
The Feerick Center for Social Justice

Projects
The CLARO Program
Report on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
Report on the New York City High School Application Process

"Overall, I gained a wide variety of skill sets from this experience. Some of them include: research, effective note taking, editing, proofreading, attention to detail, drafting, communication, basic interview techniques, time management, organization, teamwork, and prepping for meetings and follow up. The Feerick Center gave me a summer full of learning, advice, and responsibility."
- Antonia Edwards '16

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Danielle Specce '16 - The Touro Law Center

The Touro Law Center
The Immigration Clinic

Project
Work with Immigration Attorneys to assist clients from: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic

"Looking back on my time spent as a Summer Legal Fellow at Touro Law Center, I realize the growing necessity and importance for Immigration lawyers. Ultimately, witnessing these lawyers make a difference in the lives of others empowers me to work harder so that one-day I too can make a difference."
- Danielle Specce '16 

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Steve Spaccarelli '16 - The Touro Law Center

The Touro Law Center
Disaster Relief Clinic

Project
Disaster Relief for Hurricane Sandy victims

"My time at the Touro Law Center Disaster Relief Clinic was extraordinary and I have learned so much from the law students who were working there along with my supervisors. With the guidance I received at Touro, the prospect of law school and the work I would be doing as a lawyer is not going to be so sudden anymore and I feel prepared for the future."
- Steve Spaccarelli '16

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Adam Durham '16 - American University

American University
Washington College of Law

Projects
FIFA Arrests
Networking with WCL Alumni
Event Planning for the WCL Community

"All in all, I had a fantastic time at the American University, Washington College of Law. Even though there was a lot going on, I felt as if we were treated very well by the entire Program on Law and Government, and were thought of as valuable contributors to the entire summer process."
- Adam Durham '16

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Jake Antonaccio '16 - Albany Law School

Albany Law School
Government Law Center

Projects
Research on National Police-Community Relations
Presentation on Founders' Agreements

"The summer fellowship at Albany Law School was an amazing experience that offered me unique insight to the legal field. Many challenges awaited in the tasks I was to do, two papers and one presentation, but I was able to overcome each of them through patience and practice."
-Jake Antonaccio '16

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Mary Katherine Brown '16 - Western New England Law School

Western New England Law School
Blake Law Center

Project
Working on Law Review Articles related to Bankruptcy Cases

"I worked alongside a fellow Siena College student, Matthew Lorini, and an attorney on producing and publishing a law review article on the underutilization of court fee waivers in Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases. This project was interesting experience in an area of law that I was fairly unfamiliar with."
-Mary Katherine Browne '16

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Jessica Murphy '16 - Albany Law School

Albany Law School
Government Law Center

Projects
Research on NYS Constitutional Conventions
Research on NYS Gubernatorial Recordkeeping

"Connecting me with other employees allowed me to talk to more people about law school and legal careers outside of litigation. It was really helpful for figuring out what I plan on doing in the future, and because of Summer Legal Fellows I made the decision to pursue a career in the legal/policy realm."
-Jessica Murphy '16

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Joseph Gonyeau '16 - Pace University

Pace University
Environmental Litigation Clinic

Projects
Settlement Discussions for The Frasure Creek Company
EPA Water Transfers Rule
Renewal Application for the State Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit

"I received hands on work experience from some of the most prominent figures in environmental litigation, and through their encouragement and the cases I worked on, I was able to learn key skills that I will carry with me for the rest of my life."
-Joseph Gonyeau '16

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Alex Van Den Eynde '16 - Pace University

Pace University
Environmental Litigation Clinic

Projects
Constitution Pipeline Proposal
State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Enforcement

"I learned how to read, decipher, and write legal documents, as well as how the legal process works behind the scenes before action is formally brought. Listening to the conversations between a handful of lawyers every week during case review gave me a great appreciation for how to think like a lawyer, and the various possible remedies for issues that could require legal action."
-Alex Van Den Eynde '16

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Malaina Buscher '16 - Albany Law School

Albany Law School
Government Law Center

Projects
Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing and Gaming Law Research & Conference Planning
Research on the Migration and Refuegee Crisis in the Mediterranean

"Overall, my experiences at the Government Law Center were very fulfilling. My experience working as a Summer Legal Fellow helped me find a part-time job for the fall and spring semesters."
-Malaina Buscher '16

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Dylan Porcello '16 - Fordham Law School

Fordham Law School
The Feerick Center for Social Justice

Projects
The CLARO Program
Report on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
Report on the New York City High School Application Process

"My fellowship opened many new doors for me and exposed me to new subjects of study. I had a positive experience at the Feerick Center and I believe that it helped me solidify my decision to pursue a law degree."
-Dylan Porcello '16

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Matthew Lorini '16 - Western New England Law School

Western New England Law School
Blake Law Center

Project
Working on Law Review Articles related to Bankruptcy Cases

"My experience as a Summer Legal Fellow helped me grow considerably as an aspiring law student. Our location gave me an excellent environment to learn and research in, both by giving me access to a broad selection of legal reference materials and by giving me a chance to sit in and observe classes that were closely related to my research topic."
-Matthew Lorini '16

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Anthony Bjelke '16 - American University

American University
Washington College of Law

Projects
Digital Archiving
Research on Drone Use
Research on Cyber Crimes

"I believe that hands down [Summer Legal Fellows] has been one of the best opportunities I've had in my undergraduate career, and has really given me an "eyes on the prize" mentality when it comes to my future in law school and later the legal profession."
-Anthony Bjelke '16

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