Meet the 2019 Rural Summer Legal Corps Student Fellows

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The Rural Summer Legal Corps (RSLC) places passionate public interest law students at LSC-civil legal aid organizations to address pressing legal issues facing rural and isolated communities across the United States and its territories.

The program, a partnership between Equal Justice Works and Legal Services Corporation, prepares law students for the challenges of serving rural clients. Student Fellows spend eight to ten weeks during the summer conducting outreach, exploring innovative ways to meet with clients living in remote areas, and building capacity at the organizations where they serve.

Here’s what our 2019 RSLC Student Fellows will be up to during the summer:

Joseph Baxter, Lewis and Clark Law School
Hosted at Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Joseph will work on outreach to mobile home parks and resource centers for homeless community members.



Zachary Bealer, Washburn University School of Law
Hosted at Colorado Legal Services, Zachary’s tasked with conducting outreach to agricultural workers at labor camps and other farm worker housing sites.


Sara Carson Harvey, University of Maine Law School
Hosted at Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Sara will work with a staff attorney on substantive legal work and community outreach regarding housing, consumer law, family law, and advocating for public benefits.


Tiffany Caudill, Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University
Hosted at Legal Aid of Greater Cincinnati, Tiffany will help the organization’s Kinship Care Team with providing comprehensive legal services for families in which grandparents and others are caring for children affected by parental substance abuse or incarceration.


Philip Clifton, Washington University in Saint Louis School of Law
Hosted at West Tennessee Legal Services, Philip will work on legal needs assessments for individuals affected by the opioid crisis.



Luami Diaz, Marquette University School of Law
Hosted by Legal Services of Greater Miami, Laumi’s tasked with supporting the Mobile Home Park Advocacy Project, which serves mobile home park residents in Homestead, Florida.


Molly Doda, University of Minnesota School of Law
Hosted by Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota, Molly will work with landlords to find mutually beneficial alternatives to eviction.



Andrew Ellis, Albany Law School
Hosted at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid – Edinburg, Andrew will focus on disaster-related legal issues such as appeals cases against the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Joshua Gilmer, The George Washington University Law School
Hosted at Alaska Legal Services Corporation, Joshua’s tasked with creating content for the host organization’s Pro Bono Training Academy and working with rural Alaska Native Elders to draft and execute wills.


Alexis Harshbarger, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Hosted at Legal Aid of Arkansas, Alexis will focus on improving health and social outcomes for low-income Arkansans.


Kevin Hempy, Pepperdine University School of Law
Hosted at Prairie State Legal Services, Kevin will implement service models to assist low-income persons seeking expungement or other remedies to address past criminal records that impact their ability to access jobs or housing.


Carmel Joseph, Quinnipiac University School of Law
Hosted by Legal Services of Hudson Valley, Carmel will provide legal services to a rural, low income population facing the devastating effects of opioid abuse.


Katelyn Kirk, University of Baltimore School of Law
Hosted at DNA People’s Legal Services, Katelyn will partner with staff attorneys to provide outreach, community legal education, and a full spectrum of legal assistance to residents of the Navajo Nation.


Tessa Lengeling, University of Nebraska College of Law
Hosted at Iowa Legal Aid, Tessa will provide legal assistance to clients in the areas of domestic abuse, custody disputes, evictions, foreclosures, utility shut-offs, expungements, community economic development, and consumer matters.


Caitlyn McDaniel, American University Washington College of Law
Hosted at Ohio State Legal Services Association, Caitlyn’s tasked with helping the organization’s Education Law Team with making progress on systemic issues that prevent clients from completing their education.


Priscilla Mendoza, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Hosted by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid – Mercedes, Priscella’s tasked with helping the organization’s Farmworker Team on employment law matters affecting migrant and seasonal agricultural workers.


Emily Neely, West Virginia University College of Law
Hosted at Legal Aid of West Virginia, Emily with help staff members on the West Virginia Opioid Legal Response Project.



Lauren O’Donnell, University of Missouri School of Law
Hosted at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Lauren will expand outreach efforts and increase capacity, mostly serving domestic violence victims living in rural eastern Missouri.


Hector Perla, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Hosted at the California Rural Legal Assistance, Hector will provide legal advocacy and outreach to low-income students, parents, and guardians to decrease unlawful and disproportionate alternative school assignments and disciplinary action.


David Raban, University of Chicago Law School
Hosted by Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of KY, Inc., David will assist attorneys in helping clients who are facing reviews of their Social Security Disability and/or SSI benefits as a result of fraud.


Cara Rotschafer, Northeastern University School of Law
Hosted by Legal Aid of Nebraska, Cara’s tasked with working on the organization’s Housing Justice Project.



Ally Seneczko, University of Montana Law School
Hosted at Montana Legal Services Association, Ally will help attorneys with legal research and drafting in the areas of housing law and public benefits law.



Devin Sorkin, University of Maine Law School
Hosted at Legal Aid of Wyoming, Devin will collaborate with the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapho tribal councils to expand legal support and services on Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation.



Shanelle Staten, Southern University Law Center
Hosted at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Shanelle’s tasked with expanding library outreaches and clinics, developing and distributing information on how to access civil legal services, and starting new relationships with community partners in the area.


Grace Sullivan, University of Mississippi School of Law
Hosted at North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, Grace will provide legal assistance with cases regarding foreclosure prevention, Social Security, housing, bankruptcy, and other legal issues.



Paige Tamecki, Duquesne University School of Law
Hosted at Neighborhood Legal Services Association, Paige’s tasked will providing expungement legal services for low-income clients.



Kaley Thompson, Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University
Hosted at Kentucky Legal Aid, Kaley will help develop a telephonic client intake system to increase the availability of pro bono services for clients in its rural service area.


Zachary Tinker, Pacific Coast University School of Law
Hosted at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, Zachary’s tasked with helping on a school-to-prison pipeline project in the Antelope Valley.



Michelle Trimper, Albany Law School
Hosted by Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Michelle will work with attorneys in foreclosure and landlord-tenant proceedings.



Maxwell West, Oklahoma City University School of Law
Hosted at Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Maxwell’s tasked with working in the organization’s Foreclosure Unit to help prevent foreclosures in the rural counties around Tulsa.



We are excited to see what our Rural Summer Legal Corps Student Fellows will accomplish this summer. Learn more about the program here.

Learn more about becoming an Equal Justice Works Fellow