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SierraMarie

Public Interest Paths: Legal Aid for Veterans

I’ve wanted for some time now to interview a lawyer who worked with veterans in a legal public service capacity. Strangely enough it was a rather difficult position to locate. There are a plethora of organizations and governmental bodies tasked with aiding veterans, but they all seemed to be staffed with social workers and nurses, rather than lawyers. Interviewing Lauren Peach  I found Lauren Peach on LinkedIn by doing a search of people who had worked in veteran legal aid, contacted her, and found a very enthusiastic woman who joined the legal profession specifically to aid the public. Lauren spent…

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cmulder

The Offbeat Path: Working for an NGO in Turkey

Hello! This month's interview is with Kutina Williams. Kutina reached out to me after reading this blog, and I am so happy she did! She's had a number of unique experiences and I think you'll find them very interesting. If you'd like to be featured on this blog, please contact me at carissa.mulder@gmail.com. Can you tell us a little bit about your background? Where did you grow up, where did you go to undergrad and law school, etc.? I was born in Beaufort, S.C. on the coast and grew up in Winnsboro, SC.  I received my Bachelor of Science degree in…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: Vital Voices and Women Lawyers - It Is All about The Journey

Earlier this week, I attended a reception at the House of Sweden, the stunning Swedish Embassy on the harbor in Georgetown, Washington, DC.  My Swedish grandmother would have been happy to see me there, but that is not why I went.  I went to celebrate Vital Voices Global Partnerships, a nonprofit which began as part of the U.S. government's Vital Voices Democracy Initiative. That initiative was established in 1997 by then First Lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, following the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing to promote…

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SierraMarie

Public Interest Paths: Non-Partisan Legislative Counsel

For this month’s public interest career spotlight I spoke with Kelly Pfundheller, non-partisan counsel for the Washington State House Committee on Local Government. I met Kelly when she came to give a presentation to my class on the bill creation process. She had the kind of bubbly enthusiasm about her work that I usually identify with people trying to convince me that World of Warcraft builds valuable life skills, or that I should come to their Society of Creative Anachronism meeting and learn how to joust. “Oh my goodness,” I thought, “this woman is a democratic processes nerd. That’s awesome!”…

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noorain

Congratulations to the 2012 Winners of Ms. JD’s Summer Public Interest Scholarships!

Ms. JD is pleased to announce the winners of Ms. JD's 2012 Summer Public Interest Scholarships, Michelle Born and Judith A. Pond!Selected from over fifty applicants nationwide, the recipients demonstrate extraordinary commitment to promoting women in the law through public service careers. Michelle and Judith will each receive a $250 prize to support their continued commitment to public interest work.Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the award-winning essays of Michelle and Judith that answered the question: "What about law school presented an unexpected challenge? What have you done to successfully meet this challenge?" We'll also be featuring the outstanding…

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SierraMarie

Public Interest Paths: Animal Law is Getting Hot

Inspired by the Animal Law CLE hosted this month by the University of Washington chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund that I belong to, I decided to spend this month focusing on the public service aspects of the emerging field of animal law. How I Became Interested in Animal Welfare How did I get interested in animal welfare? Probably the same way most people do - as a child. I’d always liked animals, in the way that little girls do. When I was small I would tell adults who indulgently asked, “What do you want to be when…

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Sonya Passi

The Family Violence Appellate Project: Founding a Nonprofit as a Law Student

Sonya is a 2L at UC Berkeley School of LawI must begin with a shout out to Ms. JD. As a result of people reading my first blog post six weeks ago, I met a very inspiring survivor of domestic violence, heard from two attorneys interested in working on a pro bono case with FVAP, and received our first case referral. In case you doubted the reach and influence of Ms. JD and your own blog posts, doubt no more. In the last six weeks the FVAP team has accomplished a tremendous amount. We have hosted two very successful board…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: Follow Your Passion To A Non-Profit

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on October 18, 2011. Yesterday I attended a program at George Mason University Law School on public interest and non-profit job opportunities.  Among the panelists was Reena Glazer, the Assistant Director of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project at the Pro Bono Institute (“PBI”) in Washington, DC.  I really liked some of the things that she had to say, and I want to share them with you.Ms. Glazer is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and Duke University School of Law, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of…

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SierraMarie

Public Interest Paths: Representing Kids As a CASA Lawyer

One of the things that led me to even think about a career in the law was my experience volunteering as a guardian ad litem. I found out about the position when reading the novel My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (Feel like sobbing hysterically? Give it a read). In the book the main character, a child, was represented by a GAL lawyer in a legal action against her parents. Years later, I was scrolling through volunteermatch.com one day and I found a posting for guardian ad litem volunteers needed at the local courthouse. I was about to leave the…

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cmulder

The Offbeat Path: Public Defender

 Welcome back to the third installment of The Offbeat Path! This month is particularly special to me, as our interviewee, Caitlin Gossett, is a friend from Notre Dame, which is where we both attended law school! I hope you’ll enjoy her story. Please feel free to contact me at carissa.mulder@gmail.com if you have questions, comments, or would like to discuss being profiled!  Caitlin, in her own words:  I am a native of Boston, Massachusetts.  I grew up in Mission Hill, a neighborhood in Boston.  I started undergrad at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. Xavier is a Catholic, historically…

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