2011 , Aida S. Macedo, 2011 AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships
Name of Host Organization: Central California Legal Services, Inc/ One Justice
City, State: Fresno, California
Issue area: Other Area
As an immigrant and first generation college student I have experienced first hand the many inequalities that poor communities face. I plan to dedicate my career to alleviating access issues for vulnerable communities and the AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship gives me that opportunity.
My project allows me to reach under-served communities by providing them with pro bono legal services, facilitating legal clinics, and providing direct representation in housing, health care, employment, immigration, education issues, family, consumer, and elder abuse.
Making the connection:
As an undergraduate student I realized that with a law degree I could gain access to our legal system and advocate for individuals who are often marginalized and forgotten. My goal has always been to be a community lawyer and use my formal education to help others.
Surviving law school:
Surrounding myself with social justice-oriented colleagues and friends kept me grounded and focused on obtaining a public interest legal career. Also, staying connected with the local community throughout law school allowed me to see the need for public interest lawyers.
Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quinonez
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
The Autobiography of Malcom X by Alex Haley.
Words to live by:
“I change myself, I change the world.”
Gloria E. Anzaldúa