National Advisory Committee
The National Advisory Committee (NAC) is comprised of students and professionals from Equal Justice Works member law schools who provide guidance and advice to the organization and help us achieve our goal of expanding public interest opportunities for law students and lawyers.
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NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2016-2017
Director of Employer Relations, Office of Career and Employment Services
Arizona State University College of Law
Associate Director for Public Interest Advising & Pro Bono Programs, Office of Professional and Career Development
Suffolk University Law School
2007 Equal Justice Works Fellow
Jonathan "Jojo" Choi
Class of 2018
Santa Clara University School of Law
Santa Clara, CA
Class of 2017
University of Iowa College of Law
Iowa City, IA
Director of Career Services and Student Voluntary Pro Bono Program
Wayne State University Law School
Director of Public Interest and Pro Bono
Rutgers Law School
Class of 2016
Charlotte School of Law
Class of 2017
Duquesne University School of Law
Class of 2016
Capital University Law School
Assistant Dean for Public Interest Law
The University of Alabama School of Law
Director, Center for Law & Public Service
West Virginia University College of Law
Class of 2018
Temple University School of Law
Class of 2018
University of St. Thomas School of Law
Associate Director, Access to Justice Institute
Seattle University School of Law
2002 Equal Justice Works Fellow
Class of 2018
The University of Texas School of Law
Teri Adam is the Assistant Director of Professional Development and Pro Bono Director at Arizona Summit Law School. In this position, she advises law students and alumni on career options, job search strategies, and manages the Externship Program. In addition to career planning responsibilities, Teri monitors the student Pro Bono Service graduation requirement and coordinates pro bono activities, including a semi-annual Access to Justice Day, where students, faculty, and alumni provide free legal services to the community. She serves as a member of the Volunteer Lawyer’s Program Advisory Committee in the Phoenix area and is assisting in the launch of a Teaching Law Office, which offers low bono legal services to members of the community. Teri received a B.S. in Psychology from Judson College and a J.D. from Washburn University.
Sarah Bookbinder is the Associate Director for Public Interest Advising and Pro Bono Programs at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. In this role, Sarah advises students and alumni on all aspects of public interest career planning, teaches professional development classes and counsels a range of 1L students, directs the Law School’s pro bono program, and administers the summer public interest law internship funding. She serves on the Delivery of Legal Services Subcommittee of the Boston Bar Association, and is a volunteer mentor to young adults through the Year Up program. Prior to joining Suffolk, Sarah worked at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, primarily as a prosecutor in the Public Integrity Division. She was also an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, DC, where she provided legal counsel to community development organizations in Mississippi and Louisiana. Immediately following law school she served as a judicial clerk for Federal District Court Judge John T. Nixon, in Nashville. Sarah graduated from Barnard College and the University of Michigan Law School.
Maura Cook hails from Davenport, Iowa and is a 2L at the University of Iowa College of Law where she’s proudly gained the title of ‘Hawkeye’ held by her parents, brothers, and many extended family members. During her first year at Iowa Law, Maura served with the Citizen Lawyer Program as a pro bono project participant with the Coe College advancement team and as a regular volunteer at the Crisis Center of Johnson County. She is an active member of the Organization of Women Law Students and Staff, and a new addition to the Career Services Peer Advisor team. Maura has interned with the Office of Corporation Counsel for Racine County in Wisconsin along with working as judicial extern to Racine County Circuit Court Judge Faye Flancher. As a 2L, Maura will work closely with Iowa Law Professor Josephine Gittler in proposing reform to guardianship and conservatorship law and practice to protect some of Iowa’s most vulnerable citizens. Prior to law school, Maura worked as part of the University of Chicago alumni relations and development team after serving with AmeriCorps for two years in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park and West Town neighborhoods as a literacy tutor and volunteer organizer. Maura received her B.A from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where she studied anthropology and music.
Diane Fears is the Director of Career Services and Coordinator of the Student Voluntary Pro Bono Program, which she founded, at Wayne State University Law School. She serves as the principal advisor to students and alumni pursuing public interest careers. In that capacity, Diane provides advice and counsel regarding career exploration, job search skills and strategies, and career development. She also develops and hosts public interest programming, such as the annual Wayne Law Public Service Fair, and creates and curates resources relative to public service. In addition, Diane serves as a member of the Wayne Law Public Interest Fellowship Committee. Prior to returning to Wayne Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree, Diane enjoyed a successful career as a commercial and labor and employment litigator with a major Midwestern law firm. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Jennifer Hector is a 3L at Charlotte School of Law and serves as the American Bar Association (ABA) 4th Circuit Lt. Governor for Diversity and is a participant in the Entrepreneurial Practice Portal (EPP), which is an innovative virtual internship that allows students to work independently while supporting the efforts of top law firms from across the country. Ms. Hector is currently interning at Hunt Law, PLLC and will be a participant in the Domestic Violence Clinic in Fall 2015. During her 2L year, Ms. Hector served as the ABA’s Law Student Division Community Service Chair. During her time in this role, Ms. Hector executed several community service projects including Feed the Homeless and a Wills clinic that was partnered with Habitat for Humanity. Prior to law school, Ms. Hector exemplified her commitment to public service by volunteering with Court Appointed Special Advocate of D.C. (“CASA DC”). During her time with CASA DC, Ms. Hector advocated for the best interest of the two children who were deemed abused by the court and were involved with the Department of Social Services. Ms. Hector earned her B.A. in Politics from The Catholic University of America.
Kristi Heidel is a third year J.D. candidate at Duquesne University School of Law. Ms. Heidel is a member of the Family Law Society, the Student Bar Association, and the National Association of Social Workers. She is a judicial intern to the Honorable Dwayne D. Woodruff and is a participant in the Adult Public Defender Clinic. Ms. Heidel is a 2015 AmeriCorps JD member and currently serves as an Ambassador to the program. Ms. Heidel is a co-coordinator for the national anti-violence campaign, Do the Write Thing and volunteers as a field supervisor with the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, through the University of Pittsburgh’s Master of Social Work program. Additionally, Ms. Heidel volunteers with the Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Greenfield Against Drugs, and Greenfield Baseball Association, where she is seated on the Board of Directors. Prior to law school, Ms. Heidel earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, where she completed internships at KidsVoice as a child advocacy specialist and Cove Forge Behavioral Health as a partial hospitalization therapist. She received her B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jennifer Knisley is a fourth year evening student at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, where she has served as a Juvenile Justice Fellow at the Family and Youth Law Center, contributing to the improvement of laws, policies, and practices associated with juvenile justice issues and child protection systems. She continues to support FYLaw through her current work- advancing community projects, responding to the needs of emancipating foster youth, and supporting families across Ohio looking to foster and adopt. Prior to entering law school, Jennifer completed her MSW at The Ohio State University, concentrating in community and social justice. As a Leadership Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellow at The OSU Nisonger Center, she completed an interdisciplinary leadership training program while coordinating services for families and facilitating community-specific vocational and social support groups for adults and adolescents.
Glory McLaughlin is Assistant Dean for Public Interest Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. She directs the Public Interest Institute, which oversees all public interest and pro bono activities at the law school, including the Public Interest Student Board, the Certificate in Public Interest Law, and the Public Interest Summer Grant Program. She also teaches course in Poverty Law and Public Interest Lawyering, and advises students seeking careers in public interest law. Prior to coming to the University of Alabama, Glory worked as a staff attorney for Legal Services Alabama and also in private practice in Birmingham. She currently serves on the Board for the ACLU of Alabama and is active in the Alabama State Bar Association. She earned her J.D. from the University of Alabama, an M.A. in English from the University of Cincinnati, and B.A. in English and History from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jennifer Powell is the Director of the Center for Law and Public Service at the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Law. She has served in this role since March of 2013. She previously served as the Assistant Dean for Career Services at the WVU College of Law from 2004-2013. At the WVU College of Law she serves as the advisor for the Public Interest Advocates, the Community Service Council, and OUTlaw. She earned her J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1997, and an M.S.W. in 1992 and a B.A. in English in 1988, both from West Virginia University. Ms. Powell is a member of the West Virginia State Bar. Prior to working at the College of Law, Ms. Powell worked as an Application Consultant for LexisNexis, served as a prevention educator and community fundraiser for Caritas House (a local HIV/AIDS service organization) and practiced law with Regina Charon’s Law Offices in Morgantown, WV. She has served as an adjunct instructor at the WVU Division of Social Work, teaching Legal Issues for Social Workers, Social Welfare Policy, and Human Diversity courses. She frequently provides continuing education workshops on burnout, stress management, resilience, and well-being to licensed social workers, attorneys and law students.
Liz Schultz is a 2L at Temple University Beasley School of Law. Originally from Upstate New York, she has a B.A. in Spanish Linguistics from Rutgers University and an Ed.M. in Language Education, with certifications in Spanish and ESL. Before law school, Liz taught high school Spanish in New Jersey for several years and facilitated seminars for colleagues about intersectionality after training with the National S.E.E.D. Project. It led her to law school to work on racial and economic justice as an ally. At Temple, she advocates for public school children in disciplinary hearings with School Discipline Advocacy Service (SDAS). As a co-chair of the NLG Expungement Project, Liz organizes walk-in expungement clinics for Philadelphians with non-conviction criminal records. She also cofounded the Temple Law Political & Civil Rights Society to facilitate dialogue about current issues and is an active member of Student Public Interest Network, Black Law Students Association, and the ACLU Young Leaders Outreach Team. Liz also volunteers at a VITA clinic preparing tax returns for low-income Philadelphians. She spent her 1L summer as a legal intern with the ACLU of Delaware and Pennsylvania. As a 2L, Liz will participate in Temple's Trial Advocacy program, serve as a Legal Research and Writing TA, and intern on the 3rd Circuit. She is a Moot Court Honor Society member and Rubin-Presser Social Justice Fellow, and enjoys yoga and photography.
Dorothy Summers is a rising 2L at the University of St. Thomas School of law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She will serve as the Community Liaison for the Black Law Students Association at the University of St. Thomas School of Law for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. During her 1L year, Ms. Summers served as a legal intern at the Minnesota AIDS Project which provides services for HIV-positive Minnesotans and Minnesotans affected by HIV with many legal issues involving HIV such as benefits, debt, estate planning, individual rights, and immigration. Ms. Summers is currently serving as a law clerk at the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office. Prior to attending law school Ms. Summers completed her Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Hunter College in New York City while fulfilling her commitment as a 2012 Teach For America Corps member. She enjoyed having the opportunity to teach Universal Prekindergarten in her own neighborhood in the Bronx for two years and special education kindergarten at KIPP Infinity Elementary School in West Harlem. She received her B.A. in History from Binghamton University.
Jennifer Werdell is the Associate Director of Seattle University School of Law’s Access to Justice Institute, collaborating with community partners to develop and manage pro bono, public interest, and social justice opportunities for law students. After law school Jennifer clerked for U.S. Magistrate Debra Freeman (SDNY) and then served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and legal services attorney in New York City, addressing public benefits and economic justice issues. During that time she also served as board member and Director of Advocacy for Project FAIR, a collaborative, volunteer-based economic justice project. Jennifer received her B.A. from Amherst College and her J.D. from New York University. In addition to her legal experience, Jennifer has managed a diverse range of programs and projects, including national initiatives for technology assistance provider NPower, Microsoft’s corporate-wide employee volunteer program, and fellowship programs for graduate students at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.
Kendall Williams is a 2L at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. There she serves as President of the Texas Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) and as Vice President of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, UT Law's NBLSA Chapter. She also serves as a co-director of the student run, public interest conference Getting Radical in the South (GRITS) and is a member of Texas Law Fellowships which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that sponsors public interest fellowships for students at the University of Texas School of Law. In addition to her public interest and progressive commitments, she is an intern at the Center for Women in Law during the academic year. Over the summer of 2016 Kendall is serving as a legal intern at the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, focusing on their employment opportunity and voting rights projects. Originally from Chicago, Kendall earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and her master's degree from Columbia University in New York City.
- Law School
- AmeriCorps JD
- Rural Summer Legal Corps
- Conference and Career Fair
- JDs for Justice Network
- Law School Pro Bono
- Student Debt Relief
- National Advisory Committee
- Equal Justice Works Law School Membership