2011 AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Carlie J. Boos

Carlie J. Boos

Name of Host Organization: Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
City, State: Columbus, Ohio
Issue area: Consumer Rights, Civil Rights/Civil Liberties

The Project

I work with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus and Southeastern Ohio Legal Services to provide free legal services to low income residents of Central and Southeastern Ohio. My work is primarily focused around foreclosure defense, however, one of the most exciting aspects of my work is affirmative and impact litigation against particular "bad actors" in the mortgage and debt collection industries.

The Inspiration

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Preventing a foreclosure is so much more than "preserving equity" or "retaining an asset." For my clients, their homes are a symbol of family, love and safety. The work Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps allows me to do makes an incredible difference in the lives of those who have been most affected by the economy. The honor I feel when I tell a family their home has been saved is my biggest inspiration.

Biography

Hometown:

Wadsworth, Ohio

Law school:

Making the connection:

Law school was a means to an end. I wanted to be the most effective advocate for social justice and equality possible. I didn't always know what field I would eventually work in, but I knew law school would hone my focus and give me the skills to thrive.

Surviving law school:

The best way to get through law school is to be as involved as possible in organizations that make you feel proud to contribute. Always select your clerkships, externships, and extracurricular based on what makes you happy, not what pays best.

Recommended books:

Catch-22 (perhaps a social justice cliche, but still an amazing book)

John Adams by McCullough (because I love historical biographies)

Florence Nightingale (a must for every 12 year old girl, I read it about twenty times in my "formative" years).

Favorite website(s):

Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report (http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report)

Words to live by:

"Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything."
- Harry S. Truman

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