2016 Summer Legal Fellows

2016 Summer Legal Fellows

Camilla A. Leonard '17 - Feerick Center for Social Justice

Fordham Law School

The Feerick Center for Social Justice 

Projects

CLARO

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project

"Overall, volunteering at CLARO has shown me that a vast majority of clients who came for help were lower income minorities and elderly people who were more vulnerable."

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Meghan E. Blasig '17 - Western New England College of Law

Western New England College of Law

Blake Law Center

Projects

Research of Constitutional history

"As much as the political atmosphere in Washington, D.C. captivated my interests and passions, I was just as enthralled studying in a library of a law school for eight weeks."

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Rachel R. Cappello '17 - Albany Law School

Albany Law School

Government Law Center

Projects

Racing and gaming regulations on medicines and treatment methods

Non-disclosure agreements “NDA”

"I am looking forward to continue working with the GLC staff to finish my projects and to see what will happen with both them in the future. I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work at the Government Law Center."

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Paige K. Nestler '17 - Albany Law School

Albany Law School

Government Law Center

Projects

Researching and writing briefs about the problem of urban blight across the United States

Researching and writing a paper about HIV/AIDS-infected patients and barriers to long-term care

"I always knew that I wanted to be a lawyer one day, and I am so glad I had this opportunity through the Summer Legal Fellows Program to get a head start on exposure to legal research and writing. The two projects I worked on throughout the eight weeks really helped me to become a better researcher and writer, both tools I know I will need in law school."

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Mary C. O’Rourke '17 - Pace University School of Law

Pace University

Environmental Litigation Clinic

Projects

Tappan Zee Bridge case

"Supreme Court of Kings County and the individual judges for filing a motion. At Pace Law School, I expanded my knowledge of environmental law as well as civil litigation procedures, while developing skills such as deciphering legal documents, research, and teamwork. I will undoubtedly use the skills I learned this summer in law school and in my future career. This was truly the opportunity of a lifetime."

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Stella G. Pabis '17 - American University

American University

Washington College of Law

Projects

Janet R. Spragens Federal Income Tax Clinic

Community and Economic Development Clinic

"This experience was invaluable. I was immensely impressed by the student attorneys’ abilities. I learned incredible life lessons and skills, especially when it comes to handling case files and success in the classroom. The Summer Legal Fellows Program opened my eyes to the vast possibilities that law provides and the attention to detail and to organization that it requires."

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Courtney W. Rafus '17 - Western New England College of Law

Western New England College of Law

Blake Law Center

Projects

Researching information on the Privacy Shield

"After my experience, I believe that I will be looking at a focus on International law, I have always liked to do research but I found myself completely engulfed in this project, many of times not realizing that I had been in the library for well over 8 hours."

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Madeline R. Reed '17 - American University

American University

Washington College of Law

Projects

WCL alumni outreach

Organization of files for the tax clinic and community engagement clinic

Community Economic Development Law Clinic

Community Alliance for Upper Fourteenth Street (CAUFS)

Fordham Urban Law Journal

"Overall having access to the brilliant professors at WCL, advanced courses, and the awe-inspiring location in Washington DC has made this summer incredibly worthwhile. My supervisor and mentor Kathleen, ended up offering me a position as an intern for three weeks past the program."

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Jesse W. Stewart '17 - Pace University School of Law

Pace University

Environmental Litigation Clinic

Projects

Tappan Zee Bridge

Global Pipeline

SPDES permits

Other cases involving the Clean Water Act (CWA)

"Without a doubt, these extraordinary experiences were opportunities of a lifetime for so many reasons, but if I had to pick the most valuable opportunity it would be learning from such knowledgeable people who are experts in dealing with environmental issues and/or have already passed the bar exam."

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Samantha A. Tighe '17 - Feerick Center for Social Justice

Fordham Law School

The Feerick Center for Social Justice

Projects

Emeritus Program

LEEAP program

CLARO

Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth project

CARA Pro Bono Project in Dilley, Texas

"I’m eternally thankful for the opportunities given to me through my summer fellowship with Feerick Center for Social Justice, at Fordham University School of Law. The experiences that I’ve had and the people I’ve been lucky enough to share them with have changed my life for the better and I could not be more grateful."

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Brian F.S. Oehlsen '17 - Touro Law Center

Fabrice K. Michel '17 - Touro Law Center

Touro Law Center

Projects

Clinical programs office

P.A.C. Office

Mortgage Foreclosure

"I am, and always will be grateful that I was chosen to be based at Touro Law Center. The people that I met, the cases that I worked on, and the professors and Attorneys that taught me as much as they could about law, had a great impact on my life. This was not just an internship, fellowship, or a job. It was an experience that I needed to have to know that I am serious about becoming an Attorney."

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Bailey T. O’Neill '17 - Albany Law School