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Katherine Higgins

2010, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Katherine Higgins

Katherine Higgins

Name of Host Organization: Legal Assistance of Western New York
City, State: Ithaca, New York
Issue area: Pro se and other legal representation systems, Family Law,

The Project

I am working in the Ithaca office of Legal Assistance of Western New York (LAWNY), an LSC-funded civil legal services provider. Half of my time is spent assisting low-income clients in uncontested divorce matters and in prisoner reentry issues. The other half of my time consists of co-administering the Law Students in Action Project (LSAP), where we recruit law students to volunteer their time at local legal service offices, both during the academic term and during the summer months.



Ithaca, New York

Law school:

Surviving law school:

Pursuing public interest work at Cornell meant swimming upstream against a very strong current on a daily basis. However, having like-minded friends and staying involved with the people and issues I was passionate about made it an easy choice.

Recommended books:

The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro(biography of Robert Moses and an excellent history of NYC); The Autobiography of Malcolm X (just amazing); Devil in the White City by Erik Larson(Chicago World's Fair + architecture + serial killer); Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell(even better than the movie)