As a Skadden Fellow, Toby Merrill (’12) founded the Project on Predatory Student Lending (PPSL) at Harvard Law School’s Legal Services Center, where she continues to serve as the project’s director. PPSL seeks to represent students in cases challenging the fraud perpetrated by for-profit colleges, such as false advertising and job-placement claims, that lures borrowers into spending tens of thousands of dollars for often-worthless degrees.
In her work with the Reentry Justice Project at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, current Fellow Satcha Robinson helps people who have been involved with the criminal justice system overcome the obstacles they face.
…There are so many problems that people experience when they come into contact with the criminal justice system aside from just the punishment that they might receive if they're convicted...the stigma associated with having an arrest or criminal conviction needs to end. I think there needs to be a holistic view of what happened then, what was going on in that person's life, and where are they now.
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Sarah Paoletti has served as the director of the Transnational Legal Clinic (TLC), the University of Pennsylvania Law School's international human rights and immigration clinic, since founding it in 2006. We spoke to her about her work, how it relates to her Skadden Fellowship and how it has changed over the past few years.