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Crystal Johnson

2010, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Crystal Johnson

Crystal Johnson

Name of Host Organization: Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc.
City, State: Jacksonville, Florida
Issue area: Housing/Homelessness, Pro se and other legal representation systems,Immigrant Populations - Trafficking/Slavery

The Project

Three Rivers Legal Services is a non-profit corporation which provides free civil legal services to low-income clients in seventeen counties throughout North Florida. Our mission is to provide quality legal assistance and to empower and educate through preventive legal education. While at Three Rivers I will focus on the particularly vulnerable homeless populations, including veterans and battered immigrant women. I also hope to inspire students and pro bono attorneys to commit to serving the underprivileged with their legal abilities.



Cape Carteret, North Carolina

Law school:

Making the connection:

I have to operate from a place of passion (and sometimes anger) in order to perform to the best of my abilities. Working in the public sector provides plenty of fuel to feed my passion for social justice.

Surviving law school:

Join as many clubs/associations that focus on your area of interest, but keep an open mind about other areas of the law. Have a broad range of experiences, you will learn more about your strengths and weaknesses and you will be more attractive to employers who desire flexibility. Also, when final exams are upon you and you are feeling overwhelmed, remember why you went to law school in the first place. Keep things in prospective - what's the worst that could happen if you don't get an A on your exam? Life could be a whole lot worse.

Recommended books:

"Asylum Denied: A Refugee's Struggle for Safety in America" by David Ngaruri Kenney and Phil Schrag; "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen; "Stuart: A Life Backward" by Alexander Masters; and "The Inheritance of Loss" by Kiran Desai.

Favorite website(s):

Arts and Letters Daily (for just about everything)

The Daily Dish (for updates on politics)