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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.  

Please contact nac@equaljusticeworks.org with any questions.
 

NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2017-2018

David Edwards
Class of 2018
Seattle University School of Law
Seattle, WA

Sarah Bookbinder
Associate Director for Public Interest Advising & Pro Bono Programs, Office of Professional and Career Development
Suffolk University Law School
Boston, MA
2007 Equal Justice Works Fellow

Jonathan "Jojo" Choi
Class of 2018
Santa Clara University School of Law
Santa Clara, CA

Emily Kite
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
University of Wisconsin Law School
Madison, WI

Tony Waller
Public Interest and Government Employment Specialist 
University of Georgia School of Law
Athens, GA

Susan Feathers
Director of Public Interest and Pro Bono
Rutgers Law School
Newark, NJ

Erin Lee Schneider
Assistant Dean for Student Services 
Drake University Law School
Des Moines, IA

Diego Sanchez
Class of 2018
St. Thomas University School of Law
Miami Gardens, FL

Carolyn Schorr
Class of 2018
University of Maryland School of Law
Baltimore, MD

A'Niya Robinson
Class of 2018
Loyola University New Orleans School of Law
New Orleans, LA

Jennifer Geller
Public Law and Policy Program Managing Director
University of Oregon School of Law
Eugene, OR

Liz Schultz
Class of 2018
Temple University School of Law
Philadelphia, PA

Dorothy Summers
Class of 2018
University of St. Thomas School of Law
Minneapolis, MN

Laura Burstein
Director of Public Service and Academic Success
SMU Dedman School of Law
Dallas, TX

Kendall Williams
Class of 2018
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Sarah Beznoska 
Assistant Director of Career Planning
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH

 

The application period for 2017-2019 National Advisory Committee is now closed. If interested, in joining in the future, click below for more information. We will begin accepting applications again in Spring 2018. 


 

David Edwards

David Edwards is a 3L at Seattle University School of Law. There he was an inaugural member of the Seattle University Access to Justice Institute First-Year Fellows program and a former member of the Seattle University Public Interest Law Foundation. During his time in law school, David has interned and volunteered with many public interest organizations, such as the Washington State Bar Association Moderate Means Program and the Public Law Library of King County Legal Help Center. Over spring of 2017, he spent the semester working as an intern for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Assistant Chief Counsel. In his free time, David enjoys volunteering with local organizations in his community. He serves as a community advisor for Evergreen Health (a local hospital), while also spending time as a support volunteer for the King County Public Health Reserve Corps. David is a lifelong resident of the greater Seattle area. He received his B.A. in Law, Economics, and Public Policy from the University of Washington Bothell.

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Sarah Bookbinder

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. 

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 Jonathan "Jojo" Choi

Jojo Choi is a third year student at Santa Clara University School of Law.  So far, Jojo has loved his law school experience because the legal profession has afforded him the opportunity to help people directly address their issues ranging from tenant rights to consumer protection to immigration status.  During his first year, he re-established both the Social Justice Coalition and the student chapter of the American Constitution Society.  Through these organizations, he's been able to create space for students to discuss and process their law school experience.  Jojo also spent time doing pro bono work for both the Asian Law Alliance and the Katherine and George Alexander Community Law Center.  Prior to law school, Jojo worked as a forensic accountant for six years.  In that capacity, he worked with lawyers and insurance companies to calculate economic damages of adverse events in industries ranging from orange orchards to online auctions.  In doing so, he honed a forensic skill set and an ability to bridge quantitative and qualitative data.  Jojo graduated from UC Berkeley with concurrent degrees in Political Economy (B.A.) and Business (B.S.).

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Emily Kite

Emily D. Kite is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Emily is a primary point of contact for students with academic, personal, or professional issues. Prior to moving into the Student Affairs role, Emily served as Director in the Office of Career and Professional Development Office at the Law School, where she headed up the Law School’s public interest and government career advising and programming. Emily also previously served as co-Vice Chair of the PSJD Resources Work Group for the National Association of Law Placement Public Service Section. Prior to joining UW Law School, Emily worked as a field organizer in Western Pennsylvania in 2012 and as an attorney at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Emily graduated in 2006 from the Columbia University School of Law, where she was a board member of Columbia's Domestic Violence Project and a student advocate in the Prisoners and Families Clinic, and, as a Public Service Fellow, she interned at Legal Momentum (The Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund). Emily also attended Wake Forest University, from which she graduated, cum laude, with a B.A. in Political Science.

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Tony Waller

Tony Waller is the University of Georgia School of Law Career Development Office’s public interest and government employment specialist. He is responsible for advising students and alumni on public interest and governmental employment, as well as ensuring employers in those practices have access to Georgia Law students. Prior to coming to Georgia Law, Waller was the chief executive officer and executive director of Children First, a non-profit organization in Athens working with children and families in the foster care system. He also served as the assistant dean for career planning and professional development at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he built and maintained relationships with alumni, employers, local and university community members and other stakeholders to develop employment opportunities for students and alumni. Waller is actively involved in the National Association of Law Placement, having served as a member of the Board of Directors, as vice chair of the Nominating Committee and the Conference Planning Committee, and is currently chair of the JD Advisors Section. He has served on the Board of Directors for Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates and remains active in fundraising for Children First. Waller earned his bachelor’s degree cum laude in agricultural economics and his law degree from UGA.

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Susan Feathers

Susan J. Feathers is the Director of the Eric Neisser Public Interest Program at Rutgers Law School. Prior to joining Rutgers Law, she served as the Executive Director of Stanford's Levin Center for Public Interest Law  and the Assistant Dean for Public Service at Penn Law School for nine years. In addition, Feathers served as a Clinical Fellow for the Constitutional Litigation, Housing Rights, and Criminal Defense Clinics at Hofstra Law School. She began her career as an Associate Appellate Counsel at the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Appeals Bureau in Manhattan. Feathers has written and spoken widely on a variety of topics relating to public interest practice and has taught courses in social justice lawyering, appellate advocacy, and feminist jurisprudence. She graduated from Northeastern Law School in 1987 and received her B.A. and M.A from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. In addition to serving as a public interest lawyer,  Ms. Feathers is a certified English Language Arts and Special Education Teacher and has taught yoga for twenty years. 

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Erin Lee Schneider

Erin E. Lee Schneider, is the Assistant Dean for Student Services at Drake University Law School. Prior to joining Drake Law, Erin served as a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Story County. Previously, Erin has served as the Vice President of Operations for Censeo Solutions, Executive Director of Everybody Wins! Iowa, a literacy and mentoring program and as a staff assistant and caseworker for former United States Senator Tom Harkin.

Erin is a graduate of Iowa State University and Drake Law School where she was honored as a Drake Public Service Scholar.

Erin current serves on the Board of the Iowa Chapter of the Network Against Human Trafficking and the Iowa Bar Association’s Legal Access Committee.  She has served as the President of the Story County, Iowa Bar Association. Erin was honored as one of the Des Moines Business Record’s 40 Under Forty in 2012. She lives in Ankeny, Iowa with her husband and two children.

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Diego Sanchez

Diego Sanchez is a 2L at St. Thomas University School of Law (STU) in Miami, FL, and is an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Fellow at Legal Aid Service of Broward County. Diego is part of the Justice AmeriCorps Program, which helps immigrant children who have crossed the U.S. boarder without a parent or guardian. During his first year at STU, Diego re-established the American Immigration Lawyers Association Student Chapter (AILA) and became active with the Public Interest Law Society (PILS). As a member of AILA, Diego is active in community citizenship clinics that assist low-income individuals with their citizenship applications. In the fall of 2016, he participated in PILS’s Karnes Pro Bono Project in San Antonio, Texas, a week-long partnership with the non-profit agency RAICES that assists detained women and children with their asylum proceedings. Diego has been a community organizer and immigrants’ rights advocate for about eight years. His professional experience includes serving as the Co-Director of the Bridge Project, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that advocates for just and humane immigration policies and seeks to engage Republicans, Democrats and other stakeholders to work in a bipartisan manner. Diego holds a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Liberal Studies: Global Leadership and Philosophy from St. Thomas University.

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Carolyn Schorr

Carolyn Schorr is a 2L at University of Maryland School of Law. Carolyn graduated cum laude from George Mason University in 2014 with a BA in International Studies and minor in Middle East Studies. Prior to entering law school, Carolyn worked as a Fellowships Specialist at Equal Justice Works, helping manage the organization's private Fellowship program. Carolyn's previous public interest positions include internships at Catholic Charities USA, She Should Run, and Human Rights First. During her first year at Maryland Law, Carolyn served as the 1L Representative for the Maryland Public Interest Law Project and worked with Professor Donald Gifford as his research assistant. Carolyn is spending her 1L summer at Maryland Office of the Public Defender, where is she is serving as a law clerk to the Felony Trial Division in Baltimore City.

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A'Niya Robinson

Born and raised in South Louisiana, A’Niya Robinson is a second-year law student at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. In addition to serving as President of her National Lawyers Guild chapter, she is a trained NLG Legal Observer, FEMA Legal Advocate, and an advocate for survivors of sexual assault. Prior to law school, A’Niya taught GED preparation courses and used her organizing background to serve as student leader for New Orleans’ annual Take Back the Night. While pursuing an undergraduate degree in Political Science and History, she interned at the Orleans Public Defenders office and the Louisiana Supreme Court. Currently, she is a Gillis Long Poverty Law Center intern, where she works on rights protection at The Advocacy Center, a firm that serves senior citizens and the disabled.  

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Jennifer Geller

Jennifer Geller is the Public Law and Policy Program Managing Director at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene.  In this role, Jennifer oversees a variety of programs that support students’ pursuit of work in public interest law, public sector positions, and public policy roles.  Her responsibilities include overseeing UO Law’s pro bono program, loan repayment assistance program, and summer nonprofit stipend program. Prior to her work at UO Law, Jennifer worked as a faculty member for 8 years at UO’s Teaching and Learning Center, which houses student support services, including those for first-generation undergraduate students. She began her career in the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.  Jennifer has also spent much of the last decade working on funding for public institutions that benefit her community, particularly public schools and libraries. She recently finished 8 years of service on the Eugene School Board. Jennifer graduated from Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington School of Law.

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Liz Schultz

Liz Schultz is a 3L 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. Before law school, Liz taught high school Spanish in New Jersey for eight years and facilitated seminars for colleagues about intersectionality after training with the National S.E.E.D. Project. It drew her to law school to advocate for racial and economic justice. At Temple, she advocates for public school children in disciplinary hearings with School Discipline Advocacy Service (SDAS) and trains other advocates. She has led several student organizations, including Student Public Interest Network and Political and Civil Rights Society, and has served as a Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing and Trial Advocacy. She is co-chair of the Philadelphia-area ACLU Young Leadership Outreach Team Programming Committee. Liz volunteers at a VITA clinic preparing tax returns for low-income Philadelphians, and as a legal translator and interpreter for the ACLU and Education Law Center. She spent her 1L summer as a legal intern with the ACLU of Delaware and Pennsylvania, and her 2L summer at Kairys Rudovsky Messing Feinberg and Lin. She has interned with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, the Defender Association, the Juvenile Law Center, the Federal Reentry Program, and with a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She is a Moot Court Honor Society member and Rubin-Presser Social Justice Fellow. She enjoys yoga and photography.

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Dorothy Summers

Dorothy Summers is a rising 3L 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.

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Laura Burstein

Laura Burstein is the Director of Public Service and Academic Success at SMU Dedman School of Law where she is responsible for developing public interest and pro bono programming for law students, administering the Academic Success Program, serving as faculty supervisor for the Government and Public Interest Externship Program, and teaching a companion course to the externship program. As Director of Public Service, Laura provides career counseling to students seeking public interest careers, administers the school’s pro bono graduation requirement, hosts an annual public interest career fair, and collaborates with local and state-wide public interest organizations to expand student training opportunities. She also serves as the co-chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Pro Bono Activities Committee. Before coming to SMU, Laura represented victims of violent crimes in family and immigration law matters, first as a staff attorney in the Family Law Project at the University of Michigan Law School, and later as the Director of the Legal Program at Mosaic Family Services in Dallas. Laura received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Kendall Williams

 Kendall Williams is a 3L at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. There she has served 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. Ms. Williams has been able to support the public interest community by participating in the UT Law Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, serving as a co-director of the 2016 Getting Radical In The South (GRITS) Conference and working as a Public Service Scholar with the William Wayne Justice Center, in addition to her pro bono commitments. She also serves on the board of directors for Equal Justice Works and is a board member of Texas Law Fellowships, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that sponsors public interest fellowships for students at the University of Texas School of Law. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Williams spent her 1L summer at the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and her 2L summer at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York. Prior to law school, Kendall worked for several years in higher education. She is an author and advocate for issues surrounding diversity and inclusion. Ms. Williams is a graduate of the University of Southern California, earning her B.A. in American Studies and Ethnicity and a minor in International Relations. She earned her M.A. from Columbia University in Organization and Leadership Development.

 

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Sarah Beznoska

Sarah Dylag Beznoska is the Assistant Director of Career Planning at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University. With ten years of experience in higher education, she assists law students and attorneys with career and academic goals, engaged learning experiences, job search strategies, professional communication, and professional development. Sarah's experience involves all aspects of career and professional development for law students including student advising, professional development programming for students, externship program administration, and employer outreach. Prior to her work in higher education, she practiced law in the private sector and performed non-partisan legislative analysis and drafting in the public sector. Sarah graduated from Duke University School of Law and earned her B.A. in American Studies and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame. 

 

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