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.
POSITIONS OPEN FOR THE 2015-2016 NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2014-2015
Amber Rae Attalla
Class of 2016
University of Maine School of Law
Assistant Dean of Public Interest and Pro Bono
Duke University School of Law
Director of Professional Development & Pro Bono
Washburn University School of Law
Assistant Director and Public Interest Coordinator, Career Services
Western New England University School of Law
2001 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow
Laura Dym Cohen
Associate Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Street Law Clinic & Community Outreach
Southwestern Law School
Los Angeles, CA
Class of 2015
University of Houston Law Center
Public Interest Coordinator
University of Minnesota Law School
2008 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow
Associate Clinical Professor
Boston University School of Law
2010 Equal Justice Works Fellow
Class of 2015
Howard University School of Law
Director for Government and Public Interest
University of Colorado Law School
Class of 2016
Oklahoma City University School of Law
Oklahoma City, OK
Class of 2015
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
San Francisco, CA
Class of 2014
Pace University School of Law
White Plains, NY
Class of 2015
University of Illinois College of Law
Amber Attalla is a 2L at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, Maine. She spent her first year of law school volunteering with the school’s general assistance and refugee and human rights clinic as a Spanish interpreter. She also served as the panel coordinator for the Maine Association for Public Interest Law (MAPIL), organizing speaker events and connecting interested students with public interest volunteer positions throughout the community. Amber will serve as MAPIL’s co-chair in the year to come. Amber worked for the University of Maine’s Student Legal Services, providing undergraduates with useful legal resources. Additionally, Amber is an intern for Maine’s only statewide nonprofit provider of free and low-fee comprehensive immigration law services to low-income Mainers. As a 1L, Amber was named the Moot Court team’s “Prize Argument” winner and will be arguing in front of Maine’s Supreme Court in this upcoming year. Before coming to law school, Amber spent 3 years living in Mexico and Central America, working with a nonprofit that promoted community-driven development projects in coffee farming regions. Amber received her B.A. from the University of Vermont.
Kim Bart is the Assistant Dean of Public Interest and Pro Bono at Duke Law School. She oversees the programs offered through the Duke Law Office of Public Interest & Pro Bono, including the pro bono program, the externship program, the student-led Public Interest Law Foundation, and she provides career counseling to students interested in public interest careers. Prior to coming to Duke, Kim was the Director of the Domestic Violence Law Clinic at the University of Alabama School of Law, and she worked as a teaching fellow in the Federal Legislation Clinic at the Georgetown University Law Center. Kim began her career as an associate with Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, DC. She received her LLM (Advocacy) from Georgetown University, her JD with a graduate certification in Women’s Studies from Duke University, her MPA from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship, and her BA in Women’s Studies from Syracuse University.
Margann Bennett is the Director of Professional Development and Pro Bono at Washburn University School of Law. In this position, she advises law students and alumni on career options, job search strategies, and making the transition to professional employment. In addition to career planning responsibilities, Margann coordinates pro bono activities and promotes the Pro Bono Honors Program at the school and in the community. She has served as Chair of the Small & Solo CSO Interest Group for NALP and helped develop the Shared Resource Pool in 2008. Margann is active in the Kansas Bar Association and was awarded the Outstanding Service Award for her involvement in the CLE Committee. Prior to joining Washburn Law, Margann practiced law at Shook Hardy & Bacon in Overland Park, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri. She also served as a Corporate Account Manager with Thomson Reuters (Westlaw) before joining Washburn Law in 2003. Margann's degrees are from the University of Kansas: a B.A. in 1991 and a J.D. in 1996.
Samuel L. Charron is the Assistant Director & Public Interest Coordinator for the Office of Career Services at Western New England University School of Law. He counsels students and alumni on all aspects of career development. He administers the School of Law’s pro bono graduation requirement as well as the Public Interest Scholar Program. As a member of the Faculty Public Interest Committee, Sam contributes to the shaping of the school’s public interest agenda. Sam also works with outside organizations to present law related pipeline programs to area high school students.
Sam is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. He has represented survivors of domestic violence as an AmeriCorps attorney. Sam received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, spending his junior year at Complutense University of Madrid. He received his law degree from the American University, Washington College of Law.
Laura Dym Cohen is the Director of the Street Law Clinic and Community Outreach and Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California. She created and implemented the Street Law Clinic which trains law students to teach youth who are aging out of foster care about their legal rights and responsibilities. In addition, she oversees the Public Service Program which encourages law students to volunteer in the legal community. She works closely with students, graduates and the legal community on a wide range of collaborative programs and initiatives in public interest including the Small Claims Clinic, Teen Court and a new Incubator Program. Laura is very involved with the California State Bar as she was on the Council on Access and Fairness and currently is a member of the Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform (Phase II). Prior to joining Southwestern Law School, Laura practiced in Children’s Court in Los Angeles. Laura received her BA in Communication Studies from UC Santa Barbara and her JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Lauren A. Fisher is a 3L at the University of Houston Law Center. At UHLC, she is a a Rosenberg Child Advocacy Scholar, 2013-14 President of the Public Interest Law Organization (PILO), and a member of the Houston Journal for Health Law Policy. She is also a student member of the Equal Justice Works National Board of Directors. Lauren recently interned with the Mexican Foreign Ministry in Mexico City. Before entering law school, she worked at the ProBAR Children's Project. As a BIA Accredited Representative with ProBAR, she provided legal services to detained immigrant children on the Texas-Mexico border. Lauren received her B.A. from Hamilton College and her Masters in Early Childhood Studies from the University of Texas at Brownsville.
Amanda Furst is the Public Interest Coordinator at the University of Minnesota Law School. She develops and manages the Law School’s Robina Public Interest Scholars Program. The goal of the program is to assist students and graduates with careers in public service through scholarships, summer fellowships, loan repayment assistance, law school public interest experiences, and post-graduate fellowships. She also advises students interested in nonprofit and government careers, develops resources and programming related to public service careers, engages in employer relations, and manages the Law School's post graduate fellowship programs. Amanda started her career as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) in New Orleans, LA where she developed a Medical-Legal Partnership Project with area low-income community health clinics. She also served as staff attorney in the Employment and Public Benefits Unit, then in the Housing Law Unit, at SLLS. Prior to joining UMN Law School, she served as a Career Advisor at Hamline University School of Law and volunteered at civil legal service organizations in Minnesota. She has a B.A. from the University of Iowa and a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Laila Hlass is an Associate Clinical Professor at Boston University Law School, where she teaches the Immigrant Rights Clinic. Prior to coming to Boston University, Laila was a Clinical Teaching Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center's Center for Applied Legal Studies. Previously, Laila was a staff attorney in the Immigration Clinic at Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law, where she also served as the Interim Director of the Office of Law Skills and Experiential Learning. Laila started her career by providing holistic, legal services to immigrant youth in the New York City metropolitan area at the Door Legal Services. While in law school, Laila co-founded the Student Hurricane Network, a national network of law students that recruited and placed more than 5,500 law students with pro bono placements in the hurricane affected region. Laila received her LLM (Advocacy) from Georgetown University Law Center, her JD from Columbia Law School and her BA from Rice University.
Zorba Leslie is a third year J.D. candidate at Howard University School of Law, where he is a Merit Scholar, a Dean’s Fellow in Legal Research and Writing, and an award-winning member of the Charles Hamilton Houston National Moot Court Team. Zorba has served as Vice President of the Howard Public Interest Law Society, and as a student attorney in the Civil Rights Clinic, for which he co-authored an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. Zorba has also interned at the Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation—Appellate Section and at Tahirih Justice Center, and was a summer associate at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP.
Prior to law school, Zorba spent four years developing and managing anti-human trafficking programs in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the non-profit Free the Slaves. Zorba received his B.A. in Politics and Government from the University of Puget Sound. There, Zorba earned national honors as a recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and the NSEP David L. Boren Scholarship.
Since September 2010, Alexia has worked in the University of Colorado Law School's Career Development Office. In her capacity as Director for Government and Public Interest, Alexia takes the lead in developing programming and materials that educate students about public service careers. She individually meets with and advises students interested in working in public service. On behalf of the CDO, Alexia works to initiate and maintain relationships with government and public interest employers to create opportunities for Colorado Law students and to connect those employers with Colorado Law students and graduates. She also advises students interested in working in the private sector.
Alexia lived in and practiced law in Washington, DC for 20 years before joining Colorado Law's Career Development Office. During her legal career, she worked as in-house counsel for national labor unions and on the personal legal staff of a Presidential-appointee. In addition to performing her core legal job duties, Alexia was very involved for several years in the selection of law clerks and interns. She screened application materials, interviewed candidates and made hiring recommendations. Alexia uses her combined years of substantive practice experience and insight gained through involvement in the candidate selection process to help Colorado Law students and alumni in defining and pursuing their career goals.
Alexia is a member of the University of Colorado Law School's LRAP Committee and serves as advisor/sponsor to the law school's Public Interest Students Association (PISA). Alexia received her Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.
Telana McCullough is a 2L at Oklahoma City University School of Law where she is the 2014-2015 President of the Public Interest Law Group. She is currently interning with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma where she assists in providing legal services to women in ReMerge. ReMerge is a comprehensive diversion program designed to transform pregnant women and mothers facing incarceration for non-violent offenses into productive community citizens. Telana has also served as a Global Justice Volunteer where she trained in Manila, Philippines with young adult leaders from around the world and interned with the Center for Changing Lives in Chicago. Additionally, Telana has served as an intern and reading program coordinator for Project Transformation in Dallas, TX and interned with the General Board of Church and Society where she was placed at the NAACP Washington DC Legislative Bureau. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma. Telana is in law school because she wants to help make justice more accessible for society's most vulnerable people, especially those who are limited by a lack of socioeconomic resources.
Skyelar McRae is currently a 3L at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he is Co-Editor In Chief of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, Vice President of Hastings Prisoner Outreach, and Co-Chair of the Hastings chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. He is also partnering with a fellow student and San Francisco’s Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, to establish an onsite wage claim clinic at the San Francisco office of the California Labor Commissioner.
During his 2L year, Mr. McRae was part of a student-led research initiative, in conjunction with California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), which canvassed low- wage workers in rural communities in order to provide referrals, and gather data on wage theft issues, health and safety conditions in the workplace, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Mr. McRae spent his 1L summer with the Watsonville Law Center, where he worked to combat wage theft and help agricultural and service industry workers clear legal barriers to employment
Mr. McRae completed his B.A. at the University of California Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Watts Tutorial Program, helping to guide South Central Los Angeles middle school students toward higher education. Prior to that, Mr. McRae spent almost a decade as Journeyman Butcher under United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 5. His passion for workers’ rights has undeniably been influenced by his experience there.
Ms. Salomone is a rising 3L at Pace University in New York, hailing from Fallbrook, California. Ms. Salomone is the 2013-2014 President of Lambda Law Students Association, the student LGBTQ group on campus, and is spearheading Lambda's initiatives both to obtain gender-neutral bathrooms and to expand transgender-related healthcare for students and staff. As a 1L, Ms. Salomone helped found the Pace University Chapter of the National Lawyer's Guild and remains on the Executive Board of the collectively run student organization. Last summer, Ms. Salomone interned in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and in the upcoming year will commence work in positions at Children's Law Center of Los Angeles, International Justice Project, MADRE, and WEDO, as well as Pace University's Immigration Justice Clinic. Ms. Salomone's academic work focuses on intersectional issues in international human rights law including the refugee protection gap for persons displaced as a result of climate change, femicide, and queering the field of international human rights. Ms. Salomone is a member of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Sarah Lawrence College.
Aditi Singh is a proud third culture kid and Southside Chicagoan. As a 3L at the University of Illinois College of Law, she is a member of the University of Illinois Elder Law Journal and served as president of her school's chapters of the American Constitution Society and the American Civil Liberties Union. She has worked for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Chicago, the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest while also volunteering for the South Asian American Policy Research Institute. She has enjoyed gaining experience working on issues, including immigration, national security, housing and employment discrimination, voting rights, language access and on improving access to health care and education. She is excited to have worked in such programs with passionate, driven people focused on building coalitions and putting communities at the center. Upon graduation, she looks forward to working with others to use the law as a tool for community empowerment and social change.