2017 Summer Legal Fellows

2017 Summer Legal Fellows

Erica Askew '18 - Pace University School of Law

Pace University School of Law

Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic 

Projects

Clean Water Act and background information on Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) systems

Long Term Control Plans (LTCPs)

"This experience has given me the glimpse into environmental law that I was eagerly expecting and only makes me more excited to study and learn about other areas of law as well."

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Erin Heiferman '18 - Feerick Center for Social Justice

Fordham Law School

Feerick Center for Social Justice 

Projects

Feerick Center’s Social Reform Objectives

Veteran’s Issues Relating to Benefits, Consumer Law, and Family Law

"However, if I were asked to pick the most invaluable part of my fellowship, it would be the new sense of passion and drive I gained from working at the Feerick Center. Even though, I am still unsure about the direction law school will take me in, the Feerick Center showed me first hand the positive impact lawyers can have on the lives of individuals."

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Geena Caporale '18 - Touro Law Center

Touro Law Center

Senior Citizens Law Program 

Projects

Performing Research and Intake for Trials

Preparing Trial questions

"Before arriving at Touro I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in law, however following this program, I knew for sure that it was everything I wanted for my future."

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Jessica Putney '18 - Western New England College of Law

Western New England College of Law

Blake Law Center

Projects

Westlaw and Lexis Advance

Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan

"The Siena Summer Legal Fellows program helped me to prepare for entering law school and familiarizing myself with tools that I’ll have to use in just over a year from finishing the program."

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Kaitlyn Smith '18 - American University

American University

Washington College of Law Clinic

Projects

Ethics of Journalists Covering the Yazidi Community

An Unemployment Wages Case

"The program gave me the opportunity to work within a clinical setting, aiding student attorneys and faculty as they represented actual clients. I was able to hone my research skills while conducting research on the Yazidi project and learned how to create memos and draft legal letters. The experience of attending court and witnessing the process attorneys go through while handling cases has prepared and solidified my desire to attend law school."

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Keshawn Langhorn '18 - Touro Law Center

Touro Law Center

Senior Citizens Law Program 

Projects

The Veterans Affairs Clinic

The Elder Law Clinic

"They gave us small things to handle at first, and as our time progressed, they challenged us to complete assignments that involved doing our own legal research for cases that they gave us."

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Lou Bianchi '18 - Albany Law School

Albany Law School

Government Law Center

Projects

Researching Different Ways the Government Deals with Blight

Researching Articles about Albany’s Citizens Police Review Board

The Rural Law Initiative

"I love talking, and being a part of the Rural Law Initiative allowed me to talk with a variety of people on a regular basis. This task, much more than the rest, reassured me I want to be a lawyer."

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Mary Zick '18 - Albany Law School

Albany Law School

Government Law Center

Projects

Rural Law Initiative

WestLaw

Constitutional Law

"Before this program, I was interested in law but was unsure if I wanted to go to law school. This program helped fuel my growing interest in intellectual property issues and my interest in going to law school. I now am seriously considering going to law school to become a patent attorney because of this program."

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Marlena Mareno '18 - Western New England College of Law

Western New England University

Projects

President Trump’s Executive Order, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States"

WestLaw

LexisNexis Advanced

"I am forever grateful to both Dr. Cutler and Professor Wolf for granting me with this incredible opportunity and I look forward to sharing my experience with others, as well as carrying what I have learned with me through law school and further."

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Lydia Casavant '18 - Albany Law School

Albany Law School

Government Law Center

Projects

Rural Law Initiative

WestLaw

"The Siena Summer Legal Fellows is a program I am glad I participated in because it was a goal of mine ever since I learned about the program at an Open House in November of 2013. The connections I made through the GLC are invaluable to me, and Andy has offered to have us come back for more classes and events in the future."

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Erin Dempsey '18 - Feerick Center for Social Justice

Fordham Law School

Feerick Center for Social Justice

Projects

Veterans Project

Attorney Emeritus Programs

Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO)

"Through the eight weeks at the Feerick Center for Social Justice, I was exposed to professional skills like writing/outlining, public speaking, communication, time management, and organization. I was challenged in research assignments. I worked in hands-on situations with real life clients dealing with real life legal struggles."

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