2012 AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Cynthia Castellon Luna
Cynthia Castellon Luna
Name of Host Organization: OneJustice
City, State: Los Angeles, California
Issue area: Other Area
My project at OneJustice seeks to fill legal services gaps in rural California through the Justice Bus Program. Justice Bus Trips provide a bridge between under-resourced nonprofit organizations and committed law students. The program provides the students with training and connects them with the organization and the clients that need their help. My project also involves providing support and assistance to the Pro Bono Managers of Southern California and working with them to maximize their legal resources.
Los Angeles, California
Surviving law school:
No matter what you want to do with your legal degree it is important to get out of the classroom and get as much as experience as you can, whether it is internships, volunteering, or research projects. It is also important to meet people who have made it past the law school and bar examination hurdle. Both provide perspective and can be a great resource of knowledge and advice.
The Harry Potter Series, need I say more? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, an easy read with a great message. My real recommendation is to simply browse through a book store or your local library and see what piques your interest. That is how I have discovered some really great books.
Yelp, the best tool when you are in a new location or looking for something new. Food.com, the best source for recipes because the recipes come from real people with their reviews and personal photos.
Words to live by:
Travel, whether it is the next town over or the other side of the world. Experience as many new things as you can. And simply try to leave this world a little better than how you found it.