/ Press Release
Twenty law students will spend their summer responding to the critical legal needs of underserved and low-income immigrant communities affected by COVID-19 public health crisis.
WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 6, 2020—Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, today announced the selection of 20 law students for its Immigration Summer Legal Corps (ISLC).
“The coronavirus pandemic is creating significant challenges for immigrant communities across our country,” said Aoife Delargy Lowe, director of law school engagement and advocacy at Equal Justice Works. “We are proud to launch this law student program aimed at increasing access to justice for immigrant communities in these difficult times.”
Selected from 375 applications, these 20 law students will spend eight to ten weeks hosted at legal services organizations across 13 states, helping to expand high-quality comprehensive legal services and resources for low-income immigrants affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
This year, Student Fellows will work remotely to support the efforts of their host organizations, assisting with both immediate relief needs and long-term recovery efforts from this public health crisis. Student Fellows will help clients virtually through video conferencing, online intakes, and over phone and email; and engage in community outreach through virtual clinics and presentations.
Because immigration is a multi-disciplinary area of law, Student Fellows in the program will work on a range of projects such as assisting farmworkers, educating immigrants about their rights and changes in immigration policies, and providing services to unaccompanied minors. Some of this year’s projects include:
- Diana Cabrera-Vega, a law student at the University of California, Davis School of Law, will spend the summer serving immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Diana will be hosted by Bay Area Legal Aid.
- Will Sheehan will support his host organization, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, on their Health Justice Program by completing comprehensive immigration and health screenings. Will is a law student at Roger Williams University School of Law.
- Arianne Thomas will assist attorneys and paralegals at her host organization, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., in representing immigrants and Spanish-speaking agricultural workers. Arianne is a law student at Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Click here to learn about the 2020 ISLC Student Fellows and their projects.
About Equal Justice Works
Equal Justice Works is the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law. We bring together an extensive network of law students, lawyers, legal services organizations, and supporters to promote a lifelong commitment to public service and equal justice. Following their Fellowships, more than 85% of our Fellows remain in public service positions, continuing to pursue equal justice for underserved communities across the country.
The coronavirus pandemic is creating significant challenges for immigrant communities across our country. We are proud to launch this law student program aimed at increasing access to justice for immigrant communities in these difficult times.
Aoife Delargy Lowe /
Director of Law School Engagement and Advocacy
Equal Justice Works