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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2014-2016 NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2013-2014

Sontina Barnes
Class of 2014
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Ann Arbor, MI

Kim Bart
Assistant Dean of Public Interest and Pro Bono
Duke University School of Law
Durham, NC

Burke Bindbeutel
Class of 2013
University of Missouri School of Law
Columbia, MO

Laura Dym Cohen
Associate Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Street Law Clinic & Community Outreach
Southwestern Law School
Los Angeles, CA

Maysa Eissa Nichter
Assistant Director of Academic Support; Adjunct Professor of Law
Whittier Law School
Costa Mesa, CA

Lauren Fisher
Class of 2015
University of Houston Law Center
Houston, TX

Amanda Furst
Public Interest Coordinator
University of Minnesota Law School
Minneapolis, MN

Erick Harris
Class of 2014
University of Oklahoma College of Law
Norman, OK

Benjamin Jones
Class of 2013
New England Law | Boston
Boston, MA

Zorba Leslie
Class of 2015
Howard University School of Law
Washington, DC

Alexia McCaskill
Director for Government and Public Interest
University of Colorado Law School
Boulder, CO

Desiree Salomone
Class of 2014
Pace University School of Law
White Plains, NY

Susan Schell
Director of Career Services
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center
Fayetteville, AR

Angela Schultz
Pro Bono Coordinator
Marquette University Law School
Milwaukee, WI

 


 

Sontina Barnes

Sontina Barnes is a 2L at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she volunteers for the Cooley Pro Bono Guardianship Project with the Washtenaw County Probate Court.  She was a founding member of BLSA at the Ann Arbor, Michigan Cooley campus and served as Vice-President for its inaugural year.  Sontina currently serves as a member of the Mock Trial E-board and recently came in as runner-up in the 1st Year Mock Trial Competition.  Upon seeing the need, Sontina partnered with the Cooley immigration clinic to set up a free program for undocumented immigrants in the community.  Before coming to law school, she worked as an investigative agent for child protective services and served as Director of Urban Services with the Capital Area YMCA.  Sontina has a B.A. in Sociology from North Carolina State University and received a Masters of Social Work from Adelphi University in New York.  After graduating, she worked as a clinician in a New York City foster boarding home.  Her dedication for youth in the foster care system led her to enter law school as another avenue to empower disenfranchised youth.

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Kim Bart

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.

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Burke Bindbeutel

Burke Bindbeutel is a 3L at the University of Missouri. He has worked as an intern for Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, helping to provide family law services to criminal offenders. Burke was a clerk for the Cook County Public Defender at a misdemeanor branch court on Chicago's West Side. In Columbia, Missouri, he volunteers at Mid-Missouri Legal Services' Uncontested Divorce Clinic. At the Missouri Commission for Human Rights, Burke handled client intake with a focus on employment discrimination claims. He worked for the Missouri State Public Defender at a trial office in Moberly, Missouri. Burke is a student member of the American Constitution Society and Law Students for Reproductive Justice. He serves as Articles Editor for the Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Law. Burke has sat for three years on the screening committee of the True/False Film Festival.

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Laura Dym Cohen

Laura Dym Cohen is the Director, 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, student groups and the legal community on a wide range of collaborative programs and initiatives in public interest including the Small Claims Clinic and Teen Court. Laura received her BA in Communication Studies from UC Santa Barbara and her JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Laura is very involved with the Southern California Diversity Pipeline Coalition and was on the California State Bar Council on Access and Fairness. Prior to joining Southwestern Law School, Laura practiced in Children’s Court in Los Angeles.

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Maysa Eissa Nichter

Maysa Eissa Nichter is an Adjunct Professor and the Assistant Director of Academic Support at Whittier Law School, located in Costa Mesa, CA. Immediately prior to this position, she served as the primary point of contact for students interested in pursuing a career in public interest at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she taught Legal Writing and served as Associate Director of the Career Development Department. Prior to entering academia, Maysa served as a Staff Attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, formerly known as Public Health Law & Policy, a public interest organization based in Oakland, CA. She also worked as both a corporate and intellectual property associate at the Los Angeles office of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP for several years, where she also served as a member of the Pro Bono committee, representing asylum applicants and public interest organizations. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Lauren Adenna Fisher

Lauren A. Fisher is a 2L at the University of Houston Law Center.  At UHLC, she is the President of the Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) and a Rosenberg Child Advocacy Scholar.  Lauren is currently interning with the Mexican Foreign Ministry in Mexico City.  Before entering law school, she worked at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR).  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.

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Amanda Furst

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.

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Erick Harris

Erick Harris, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a third-year law student at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Oklahoma Journal of Law and Technology. While in law school, Erick has completed legal internships with Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company, Chief Justice Tom Colbert of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, and the U.S. Coast Guard Judge Advocate General. During his second-year in law school, Erick also served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to his legal studies, Erick is also an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to beginning his legal career, he received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. Additionally, Erick received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tuskegee University where he served as Student Body President. Erick also served as a Legislative Intern for the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives.

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Benjamin Young Jones

Benjamin Young Jones is finishing his 3L year at New England Law | Boston.  He is finishing his class work alongside a clinic at the Roxbury Defender (superior court office of Massachusetts' public defender), volunteering at a veterans' legal clinic with Shelter Legal Services, and managing a student clinic wherein clients are aided with sealing state criminal records.  He has interned and volunteered throughout New England, including: New Hampshire Public Defender, Hon. Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., Center for Law and Social Responsibility, Shelter Legal Services, Greater Boston Legal Services, and the New England Innocence Project.  Benjamin earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Vermont and worked for an international education nonprofit before attending law school.  He has served two summers under the Summer Corps program.  Benjamin is fully committed to the local and national public interest legal community and believes the most important mission of both is to close the gap on access to justice.

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Zorba Leslie

Zorba Leslie is a second year J.D. candidate at Howard University School of Law, where he is a member of the Charles Hamilton Houston National Moot Court Team, and Vice President of the Howard Public Interest Law Society.  Recently, Zorba served as a law clerk within the Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation – Appellate Section.  Previously, Zorba spent four years developing and managing anti-trafficking programs in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the non-profit Free the Slaves.  There, he mobilized vulnerable communities to understand, articulate, and vindicate their rights.  Zorba also worked closely with the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Office and published articles on modern slavery.  While completing his B.A. in International Relations, at the University of Puget Sound, Zorba undertook studies in Dijon, France, and as a NSEP David L. Boren Scholar, in Cairo, Egypt.  Upon graduation, Zorba received the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to undertake a year-long, comparative study of transitional justice mechanisms in Chile, South Africa, Rwanda, and Cambodia.

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Alexia McCaskill

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.

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Desiree Salomone

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.

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Susan Schell

Susan Schell is the Director of Career Services for the University of Arkansas School of Law.  She oversees career development programs, and counsels law students and alumni on planning for careers in the public and private sectors.  Susan coordinates with organizations within the law school and the community to develop public interest initiatives and opportunities for students.  She also volunteers with local advocacy and legal services organizations to promote access to justice.  Prior to joining the School of Law in 2007, Susan served as a judicial clerk, practiced with a large firm, worked as a solo practitioner, and spent several years as in-house counsel for a large corporation.  She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado, and her J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law.

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Angela Schultz

Angela Schultz is the Pro Bono Director at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Her charge is to advance pro bono in the legal profession, and particularly within the student body.  Prior to her work at the law school, Angela practiced elder and disability law and was the assistant director of a domestic violence intervention program in Portland, Oregon.  She earned her B.A at Knox College and her J.D. at Lewis & Clark Law School. Her work with a range of people, all in need of access to justice, led naturally to her work as a liaison between law students and pro bono projects. The time she spends with the remarkably committed students of Marquette, who will go on to join the legal profession with a deep understanding of the great difference pro bono makes, is the best part of her job.  Angela continues to practice law as a volunteer attorney for Legal Action of Wisconsin.

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