Fellows

Fellow & Organization
 
Year

Bradford Adams

Harvard Law School
Swords to Plowshares
San Francisco, CA

Expansion of legal services to poor and homeless veterans through legal clinics at homeless shelters and in veterans' homes. Issues to be addressed will be access to benefits, challenging discharge status and resolving financial or family law matters.

2012

Peter Barker-Huelster

New York University School of Law
MFY Legal Services
New York, NY

Will establish the Low-Income Bankruptcy Project to help New York's working poor obtain debt relief and rebuild their financial lives. Will provide help with Chapter 7 filings and also will advise debtors seeking Chapter 13 protection in order to save their homes from foreclosures.

2012

Marsha Chien

University of Pennsylvania Law School
The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
San Francisco, CA

Direct representation, community education and impact litigation for limited-English proficient (LEP) workers arbitrarily barred from equal employment opportunities.

2012

Estella Cisneros

Yale Law School
California Rural Legal Assistance
Modesto, CA

Direct representation to help improve the health and safety of immigrant, low-wage dairy workers in the Central Valley of California who are victims of exploitation.

2012

Rodkangyil Orion Danjuma

Stanford Law School
ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project
San Francisco, CA

Direct legal services, impact litigation and policy advocacy to remove barriers to public education for low-income immigrant children and parents in Northern California and the Central Valley.

2012

Paige Fern

University of Michigan Law School
The Alliance for Children's Rights
Los Angeles, CA

Direct representation to ensure foster youth receive the full benefits of California's numerous education and foster care reforms. Will also provide technical assistance and training for local agencies charged with the implementation of these laws and development of additional policy solutions.

2012

Alesdair Ittelson

University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
Southern Poverty Law Center
Montgomery, AL

Direct representation and advocacy on behalf of youth in schools who experience harassment or discrimination as a result of their real or perceived LGBTQ status in rural and low-income areas of Mississippi and Alabama.

2012

Caroline Jackson

Stanford Law School
National Association of the Deaf Law Center
Silver Spring, MD

Impact litigation to ensure access to classroom communication for deaf and hard of hearing students by enforcing their right, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, to qualified American Sign Language interpreters and ASL-based instruction.

2012

Jesse Krohn

University of Pennsylvania Law School
Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Philadelphia, PA

Direct representation for indigent teen parents and pregnant teens on matters of child support and custody, protection from abuse and access to public benefits, to enable them to reach their educational and professional goals.

2012

Margaret Kuzma

DePaul University College of Law
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
Chicago, IL

Direct representation to National Guard service members and their families during and after deployments on matters of guardianship, predatory lending, housing, employment and family law matters.

2012

Dror Ladin

Yale Law School
ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project
New York, NY

Direct representation, community education and policy advocacy to protect the right of low-wage, immigrant workers to work. This right is threatened by the implementation of E-Verify, a flawed federal identification database.

2012

Ingrid Lofgren

University of Maryland School of Law
Homeless Persons Representation Project
Baltimore, MD

Comprehensive direct legal services to homeless youth on issues of housing, public benefits, family law and education. Will conduct intake at homeless shelters.

2012

Marielle Macher

Harvard Law School
Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Washington, DC

Will provide direct representation and community education to fight foreclosure rescue and loan modification scams. Will assist low-income homeowners in recovering monetary damages, injunctive relief and title to their homes.

2012

Liam McGivern

University of Miami School of Law
Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
Miami, FL

Direct representation of low-income veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury before military discharge review boards.

2012

Toby Merrill

Harvard Law School
Legal Services Center
Jamaica Plain, MA

Direct representation of low-income student loan borrowers in litigation against predatory lenders, focusing on unscrupulous practices and false promises of for-profit educational institutions. Will also produce materials to assist other legal services providers.

2012

Jordana Mosten

Stanford Law School
Public Counsel
Los Angeles, CA

Comprehensive legal services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in the Los Angeles area focusing on immigration relief, public benefits and family law.

2012

Ben Polk

Harvard Law School
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Provision of transactional legal support to local community-based organizations and non-profits in South Los Angeles who are starting social enterprises that bring needed jobs, goods and services to low-income communities.

2012

Rachel Rosenberg

Harvard Law School
Youth Advocacy Foundation
Roxbury, MA

Direct representation of court-involved youth in special education matters to ensure access to appropriate education and to reduce school exclusion. Will also train court-appointed juvenile attorneys to represent their clients on education matters.

2012

Alexa Rosenbloom

New York University School of Law
Greater Boston Legal Services
Boston, MA

Direct legal representation and advocacy on behalf of disabled individuals denied accessible care and reasonable accommodations by medical providers, neighborhood clinics and HMOs. Will collaborate with disability rights organizations in Massachusetts and elsewhere to devise best practices.

2012

Almas Sayeed

University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
Inner City Law Center
Los Angeles, CA

Advocacy to protect and enforce the rights of low-income tenants facing evictions and homelessness due to foreclosure through strategic targeting of at-risk buildings, community education, direct legal services and policy advocacy.

2012

Yanin Senachai

University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Los Angeles, CA

Direct representation of Thai immigrant low-wage workers in Los Angeles to combat wage theft, trafficking and other workplace exploitation.

2012

Caitlin Swain-McSurely

Duke University School of Law
Advancement Project (NC and DC)
North Carolina

Impact litigation and strategic legal advocacy to support grassroots service organizations in North Carolina working with at-risk youth to enforce students' constitutional right to a quality education.

2012

Matthew Sykes

Rutgers University School of Law, Camden
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (NJ and DC)
New Jersey

Comprehensive legal assistance for students exiting juvenile justice facilities and re-entering schools in New Jersey's poorest communities. Will concentrate on Camden and Atlantic City. Will also provide community education to disseminate information and empower parents on access to education for his clients.

2012

Ashley Waddell Tingstad

Georgetown University Law Center
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
Washington, DC

Direct representation, community education, impact litigation and law reform advocacy on debt collections and other consumer law issues that disproportionately affect D.C.'s low-income community, particularly Spanish speakers.

2012

Rebecca Wallach

City University of New York School of Law
Selfhelp Community Services
New York, NY

Direct representation of New York City Medicare and Medicaid recipients to protect critical health benefits during New York State's shift to managed care. Also will provide systemic advocacy to preserve due process rights and other consumer protections for such persons known as "dual eligibles."

2012

Kate Webster

Columbia University School of Law
African Services Committee
New York, NY

Direct representation to African victims of human trafficking on matters of access to public benefits and immigration remedies.

2012

Julie Wimmer

Harvard Law School
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Austin, TX

Direct representation and community education for low-income immigrant family violence survivors in underserved areas of rural Central Texas.

2012

Joy Ziegeweid

Columbia University School of Law
Sanctuary for Families Center for Battered Women's Legal Services
New York, NY

Direct legal services to Russian-speaking victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking, including representation in family court, advocacy on immigration matters and referrals to providers of medical, psychiatric and social services. One of her goals is to help her clients overcome mistrust of the legal system, so they can escape abuse and start new lives.

2012