2011 AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Rebecca Raizman
I have always been interested in a holistic services approach to poverty issues, which I was introduced to when I volunteered with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. I have learned that no one decisive factor explains why individuals and families become homeless or cycle in and out of homelessness. An effective approach utilizes a multi-disciplinary, holistic perspective in addressing the structural and personal factors contributing to chronic homelessness.
Making the connection:
I worked as a paralegal for the federal government before law school. In that position I assisted with consumer protection litigation efforts. I also had the opportunity to utilize my paralegal skills as a volunteer with two legal clinics in Washington, DC, and this motivated my decision to attend law school.
Surviving law school:
Balance & Perspective. First, I made sure to set aside time for involvement in public interest activities, and balanced studying with things I was interested in before law school, such as yoga and cooking. Second, I worked hard to keep up my friendships and relationships outside of law school to remind myself that there is life outside the law school bubble.
Unaccustomed Earth, The Namesake, and Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage by Hazel Rowley
Alice Munro short stories.
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