Fellows

Fellow & Organization
 
Year

Rachel Brady

Chicago-Kent College of Law
Equip for Equality
Chicago, IL
Direct representation of youth with disabilities in, or transitioning out of, Illinois juvenile justice facilities and Chicago's alternative schools. The goal will be to keep them in school and secure appropriate special education services for future success.
2015

Yan Cao

New York University School of Law
South Brooklyn Legal Services
Brooklyn, NY
Direct representation, community education and advocacy to help low-income borrowers with subprime student debt regain financial stability and redress abusive debt collection practices.
2015

Caitlyn Carpenter

Columbia University School of Law
Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
New York, NY
Direct representation, outreach and community education for young, indigent parents involved with the child welfare system, with a special focus on working with young parents with a history of foster care involvement and with young fathers.
2015

Katrina Cohen

University of Pennsylvania Law School
Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Philadelphia, PA
Direct representation and community education to address and ameliorate the fragile financial stability of working poor individuals and families in the intersecting areas of consumer, family and public benefits law.
2015

Erin Diaz

Michigan State University College of Law
Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service
Detroit, MI
Direct representation to low-income Detroit families whose children have disabilities. Will conduct in-person outreach to and education for parents to ensure their children are receiving free and appropriate education.
 
2015

Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune

Harvard Law School
Urban Justice Center, Community Development Project
New York, NY
Advocacy to combat harassment of low-income tenants in New York City's most rapidly gentrifying communities through affirmative litigation and community education.
2015

Tara Grigg Garlinghouse

University of Pennsylvania Law School
Disability Rights Texas
Houston, TX
Direct representation of poor, disabled children in Medicaid Fair Hearings after the wrongful denial of their claims for necessary services. Since the financial burden of these denials often forces parents to place their children into foster care, she will work to keep children home with their parents and will advocate for children already in the foster care system to achieve stability and permanency.
2015

Scott Hochberg

Harvard Law School
Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto
East Palo Alto, CA
Direct representation, community education and policy advocacy for low-wage immigrant workers facing wage theft and retaliation, using a groundbreaking new law aimed at preventing the improper use of employees' immigration status to silence complaints.
2015

Kara Ingelhart

University of Chicago Law School
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
Chicago, IL
Direct representation to remove barriers to housing, employment and education for low-income LGBTQ youth with criminal records.
2015

Nisha Kashyap

Stanford Law School
The Alliance for Children's Rights
Los Angeles, CA
Will work with Los Angeles' Opportunity Youth Collaborative to dismantle the common barriers to educational attainment that transition-age foster youth encounter, using direct services, stakeholder training, and state and local policy advocacy.
 
2015

Christopher Lapinig

Yale Law School
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Los Angeles, CA
Direct representation and culturally sensitive advocacy to Filipino human trafficking survivors on a range of issues, including wage and hour violations, anti-retaliation and anti-discrimination claims on their behalf. Also will connect survivors to mental health resources and social services. Additionally, will forge a robust anti-trafficking coalition of community leaders and government officials to facilitate collaboration and knowledge-sharing.
2015

Rebecca Livengood

Harvard Law School
American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey
Newark, NJ
Direct representation of children in solitary confinement in New Jersey detention facilities who are denied access to an education. Also will represent such children upon release in capital IDEA hearings to help them re-enroll and readjust to school.
2015

Nora Mahlberg

Harvard Law School
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI)
Chicago, IL
Advocacy to build community capacity in Chicago neighborhoods hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis by partnering with community organizations to effectively utilize the Cook County Land Bank and ensure its sustainability by strengthening its legal infrastructure.
 
2015

Jonathan Markovitz

University of California, Irvine School of Law
American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties
San Diego, CA
Direct representation of low-income families who have been inappropriately denied CalWORKS benefits and/or subjected to highly intrusive home searches as part of San Diego county's "Project 100% Welfare Program."
2015

Nina Martinez

University of Pennsylvania Law School
New York Legal Assistance Group
New York, NY
Provision of mediation services and community education for low-wage workers in New York City to provide access to alternate dispute resolution mechanisms.
2015

Sheela Ramesh

Yale Law School
Bay Area Legal Aid
Oakland, CA
Provision of comprehensive direct legal services and systemic advocacy on behalf of commercially sexually exploited youth and those most at risk of exploitation in the Bay Area. Will facilitate access to physical and mental health care, education, cash/food assistance, safe housing and social services.
 
2015

Daniella Rohr

Yale Law School
The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division
New York, NY
Direct representation and impact litigation to enforce the rights of children in the foster care system with psychiatric conditions, specifically those that have been psychiatrically hospitalized and/or prescribed psychotropic medication.
2015

Vidhi Sanghavi

Vanderbilt University Law School
The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands
Nashville, TN
Provision of comprehensive legal services to low-income persons with criminal records to enable them to successfully re-enter society. Also will engage in community legal education and coalition building.
2015

Jonathan Sgro

Villanova University School of Law
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
Direct representation of low-income and elderly homeowners facing tax foreclosures. Also will assist homeowners in applying for new tax relief programs, will advocate to ensure compliance with the procedural rules established in the new ordinance, and will advocate with the city and its third-party collectors.
2015

Blake Strode

Harvard Law School
ArchCity Defenders
St. Louis, MO
Direct representation and impact litigation in housing, landlord-tenant and consumer law on behalf of low-income residents in the St. Louis area. Will promote economic and racial justice through advocacy and community education in Ferguson, Missouri, and the surrounding areas of north St. Louis County.
 
2015

Naomi Sultan

Loyola University School of Law, Los Angeles
Mental Health Advocacy Services
Los Angeles, CA
Advocacy to empower homeless veterans to help them achieve economic stability by establishing a behavioral health medical-legal partnership with Mental Health America's Operation Healthy Homecoming in Long Beach, California, to provide direct legal services and training to veterans.
2015

Michael Turi

Harvard Law School
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
New York, NY
Direct representation to low-wage immigrant workers seeking to collect damages on unpaid wages and other labor law violations, employing strategies in the pre-judgment phase and ensuring that damages will be paid.
 
2015

Saskia Valencia

American University Washington College of Law
Youth Represent
New York, NY
Direct representation and community education for at-risk and court-involved youth through a medical-legal partnership model at community-based mental health clinics. The goal will be improving mental health outcomes and chances for successful re-entry after involvement in the justice system.
 
2015

Kristen Valosky

Georgetown University Law Center
SeniorLAW Center
Philadelphia, PA
Will join a medical-legal partnership between SeniorLAW Center and LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) to address health-harming legal needs of vulnerable seniors to provide more comprehensive care.
2015

Stacy Villalobos

Stanford Law School
The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
San Francisco, CA
Direct representation to low-wage, immigrant women workers in Fresno, California. Also will use community education, impact litigation and advocacy to expand and protect clients' rights, capitalizing on recently passed California laws to strengthen worker protections.
2015

Geoffrey Wertime

New York University School of Law
Housing Works
Brooklyn, NY
Direct services for homeless and formerly homeless people living with AIDS on a range of issues, including public benefits fair hearings and in Housing Court. Also will pursue impact litigation to address discrimination against persons living with AIDS on the basis of HIV/AIDS, LGBT identity and source of income.
2015

Cody Wofsy

Yale Law School
American Civil Liberties Union -
Immigrants' Rights Project
San Francisco, CA
Advocacy to challenge the anticipated backlash against the new administrative immigration relief program. Will focus on access to drivers' licenses, professional and commercial licenses, and higher and adult education, through direct representation, impact litigation, advocacy and community education.
2015

Jessica Youngberg

Suffolk University Law School
Veterans Legal Services
Newton, MA
Direct legal assistance of preventative legal services to low-income veterans hoping to help ensure long term stability and prevent the downward spiral of homelessness.
 
2015