Nick comes to WCL from Boston where he worked for 2,000 students in five elementary schools, with the nonprofit Playworks. For three years, he used play and games to teach socio-emotional skills like conflict resolution, communication, and collaboration. He trained recess staff and consulted with administrators to ensure recess was safe, positive, and active. Nick has facilitated leadership training for over 50 fourth and fifth grade Junior Coaches, who serve their schools by running games at recess. Nick advocated for hiring practices that were representative of the diversity of the students Playworks serves, and created cultural and trauma competency workshops for coworkers. Nick is excited to use the law as a tool in holding those in power accountable to the needs of the people, especially the needs of kids.
Originally, from Maine, Emily earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. As an undergraduate, she interned at two legal aid offices in Worcester -- one served the refugee population, and the other served the homeless population. These experiences inspired Emily to write her senior capstone, which compared human and drug trafficking in the United States. Upon graduation, she joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC). JVC places volunteers in direct service organizations as full-time employees for one year. JVC placed Emily in a housing paralegal position at the Public Justice Center, located in Baltimore, Maryland. While in Baltimore, she lived “in intentional community” with four other volunteers, requiring her to share a stipend and living space with them. At the conclusion of her volunteer year, Emily worked as the Pro Bono Coordinator at the Homeless Persons Representation Project, also in Baltimore. As Pro Bono Coordinator, she led expungement clinics at homeless shelters and trained student and attorney volunteers. Living in intentional community and serving low-income individuals solidified her passion for working alongside clients. Emily is excited to become a part of the PIPS community and to learn from the AUWCL student body’s broad range of perspectives.
Christine was born and raised in South Jersey and attended Drexel University in Philadelphia, where she majored in political science. As an undergraduate, Christine worked at private law firms, served as a research assistant in the Political Science Department, and worked as a resident assistant. She developed her passion for the law by competing in mock trial tournaments throughout her time in college. After graduating from Drexel in 2015, Christine worked in communications at a non-profit organization called Philadelphia VIP, which connected pro bono attorney volunteers with low-income clients seeking civil legal assistance. Christine then moved to Washington, D.C. in 2016 and completed a year of service with City Year. Through City Year, she worked at a local middle school to mentor students and improve student literacy. Christine looks forward to joining the PIPS community and connecting her passion for law with her goal of serving under-resourced communities.
Amanda grew up in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in International Studies and Geography in 2017. Amanda’s undergraduate studies focused on environmental policy and community development initiatives and she quickly developed a commitment to addressing the environmental injustice affecting rural, marginalized communities both in Appalachia and around the world. She became involved with numerous environmental advocacy and community development organizations, serving as President of the WVU Sierra Student Coalition and as co-founder and President of OXFAM America at WVU. She also worked as an outreach coordinator for the WVU Food Justice Lab, a research laboratory devoted to ending food insecurity in West Virginia. Amanda volunteered as an intern for the National Wildlife Federation, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the City of Morgantown’s “Green Team”. As a Model United Nations delegate, Amanda was able to travel to conferences held in cities all over the world to discuss the world’s most pressing environmental problems and human rights crises with talented students from diverse backgrounds. Because of her commitment preserving natural resources and landscapes and protecting communities from environmental degradation, Amanda was recognized as a National Udall Scholar in 2016. While at WCL, Amanda plans to explore environmental law and hopes to use her legal education to assist and serve communities affected by environmental injustices, especially in rural Appalachia.
Sahar graduated cum laude from the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in psychology, membership in the Honors College and a passion for disability rights advocacy. She has been a long time leader in her local chapters of the non-profit Best Buddies International where her zeal for advocacy first developed; the summer prior to entering AUWCL Sahar had the opportunity to intern at their headquarters in Miami, FL. Throughout her collegiate career, Sahar sought to expand her knowledge in the field of health and disabilities through her coursework and even choosing to write her undergraduate thesis on the role of political correctness in reference to disabilities. She spent most of her free time volunteering at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Byrd Alzheimer's Institute where she interacted with patients and learned about the challenges they face. Seeking to elaborate on her familiarity with this concentration Sahar became a research assistant at USF's Alliance and Suicide Prevention Lab and an intern at an Elder and Disability Law Office; experiences that solidified her decision to pursue disability civil rights law. As a PIPS Scholar, Sahar looks forward to the knowledge and experiences she will gain in public service and hopes to contribute her passion for service to the AUWCL community.