The 2014 Herman Schwartz Israel Human Rights Law Fellows
Mary is a Palestinian feminist lawyer from Israel. Mary studied law and communications at the University of Haifa. At that time, she volunteered in feminist organizations such as Kayan and took part in numerous human rights` initiatives. As part of her studies, Mary joined the Women Legal Leaders and The Legal Feminism Clinic focusing her work on early marriage and the issues concerning young Arab women in distress. Mary interned in the Public defender's Office in Jerusalem, a place that combined both her interest in criminal law and her commitment to human rights.
Assaf Derri is a human rights activist and lawyer, and a lecturer at the College of Management Law School in Rishon Le-Tzion, Israel. Since his first year at law school, Assaf volunteered in Halev – The Movement for Fighting Poverty in Israel, the largest legal-assistance NGO in Israel, and participated in establishing Halev's then-newest project of pro-bono legal counseling for poor unrepresented debtors in the magistrate court of debt collection in Tel-Aviv. Several years later, this project developed into a national project in which hundreds of lawyers and law students took part each year. Assaf headed this project for several years and later served in various functions in Halev. Additionally, Assaf was part of the legal counseling team of Koach-LaOvdim, a democratic workers NGO specializing in helping poor workers in unionizing and pursuing their legal rights at the labor courts. In the last fifteen years, since he enrolled in law school, Assaf initiated and was involved in numerous public human rights' projects in various fields, such as public court cases, legislation, and field work. Assaf has recently had his first article published in HaMishpat Law Review, entitled: 'Property Rights of Third Parties in Repossession Procedures.' His first play was also recently staged at the Tel-Aviv University Theater Festival, and later in Karov Theater in Tel-Aviv.