"In the summer of 2019, EJF funded my internship at the Virginia Poverty Law Center. The Virginia Poverty Law Center breaks down systemic barriers that keep low-income Virginians in the cycle of poverty through advocacy, education, and litigation. During my internship, I gained hands-on experience advocating for the rights of older adults, and survivors of domestic violence. EJF made it possible for me to return to my hometown and to work with both clients and attorneys from my own community. I am thankful each day to all that support EJF and my life-changing experience."
Class of 2021
Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
"In summer 2019, EJF funded my internship at the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division at the Special Litigation Section. The Special Litigation Section investigates systematic patterns or practices that violate the rights of people at the state and local level within correctional facilities, juvenile detention centers, law enforcement departments, and healthcare facilities. I had the opportunity to travel with trial attorneys for an out of state site visit as part of an investigation, where we met with different stakeholders in the community. During this visit, I gained hands on experience interviewing inmates cell side in a county jail and interviewing patients in a psychiatric hospital. Also, I conducted preliminary investigations that focused on law enforcement departments use of excessive force and researched legal issues for internal memorandums. As a part-time law student, it was difficult taking the leap to participate in an unpaid full-time internship, but EJF’s funding made it all possible. Thank you EJF for supporting me in this internship that developed my legal skills and expanded my network."
Class of 2020
DeKalb County Public Defender in Decatur, GA
“I received an EJF stipend to fund my summer as a Gideon's Promise law clerk at the Law Office of the DeKalb County Public Defender in Decatur, GA. I gained hands-on experience working with Gideon's Promise-trained Public Defenders to prepare for felony trials. Most importantly, I was able to develop new skills while I visited incarcerated clients and represented clients in preliminary hearings and plea entries under the Georgia Student Practice Rule. EJF made it possible for me to leave the DC area and learn from skilled attorneys working on the front lines of Public Defense."
Class of 2021
Capital Area Immigrants Rights' Coalition
“This summer I received EJF funding to pursue an internship with the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition in Washington, D.C. CAIR Coalition works with detained immigrants in the DMV area, visiting the detention centers, conducting intakes, and providing pro se legal assistance when direct representation cannot be provided. CAIR Coalition also takes part in the National Qualified Representative program and provides direct representation to detained adult men and women with mental health conditions and/or intellectual disabilities in immigration removal proceedings. As an intern, I conducted intakes at monthly jail visits and also had the opportunity to work on my own trial, representing an individual directly in his deportation proceedings. I appeared in immigration court to argue my client's case and seek the relief he deserves. I am thankful to EJF for supporting me in my internship with CAIR Coalition and for the experiences I gained in immigration law and litigation."
Class of 2021
Legal Aid Justice Center
“ I received EJF funding to pursue an internship with Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC). LAJC provides a variety of legal services to low income individuals in Virginia. Over the summer, I supported LAJC's work with undocumented/underdocumented Virginians in many different areas of the law--from immigration matters to civil rights violations to consumer protection suits. Among other assignments, I had the opportunity to work on a federal class action lawsuit challenging the detention of immigrant children. I also assisted LAJC in bringing suit against a private detention center for constitutional violations committed against civil detainees. Thanks to LAJC and EJF, I gained invaluable experience in impact litigation and social justice lawyering."
Sarah Chaney Reichenbach
Class of 2021
Tahirih Justice Center
"For the summer of 2019, I received EJF funding to intern with the Tahirih Justice Center in Baltimore. Tahirih provides legal and social services to immigrant women and girls fleeing gender based violence. During my internship, I helped provide direct legal services to survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other gender-based violence to support them through the immigration process. This included conducting client interviews, drafting briefs and helping with immigration filings, and learning about the intersection of gender and immigration issues. The experience shaped how I envision my future as a public interest-driven attorney and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the amazing support of EJF."
Chelsea Lalancette, AUWCL Class of 2019
Refugee Law Project in Uganda
“In Summer of 2017 I received EJF funding to pursue an internship with Refugee Law Project in Uganda. The Refugee Law Project is based at Makerere Univeristy School of Law in Kampala, Uganda. They provide legal and social services to refugees and internally displaced people across Uganda, as well as promoting peace and conflict resolution through their transitional justice program. I was placed in the Hoima field office, where I provided direct services to refugees in refugee settlements and prisons across Western Uganda, including consultations and know your rights presentations regarding criminal defense, conflict resolution, government benefits, resettlement and other issues. I also provided legal advise in community based dispute resolutions and conducted research and writing for policy advocacy and reporting purposes.”