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Looking for the Helpers – How LPS Fellows have Stepped Up During the COVID-19 Crisis

Right now – in the midst of this global pandemic – I’ve never been more proud to be a member of the LPS community. That’s because my fellow fellows have stepped up and used their legal education to fight for better outcomes for people affected by COVID-19. They’ve inspired me to think creatively about how… Continue reading Looking for the Helpers – How LPS Fellows have Stepped Up During the COVID-19 Crisis

Pro Bono, Student Posts

LPS Fellows at Alternative Spring Break

While PILA's Alternative Spring Break program was cut short for many due to COVID-19, our fellows still managed to have valuable experiences volunteering their time with participating organizations. Two of our fellows share their experiences. Caroline Elwig: One of the first things I did after arriving at the ACLU Capital Punishment Project in Durham, NC… Continue reading LPS Fellows at Alternative Spring Break

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Advice for Federal Government Legal Interns

I have never had an internship outside of the government. At the same time, I submit that interning with the government is a highly diverse and rewarding experience. During my 1L summer, I interned within the Department of Defense (“DOD”) where I helped to investigate war crimes. During my 2L summer, I split my time… Continue reading Advice for Federal Government Legal Interns

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Summer in Our Nation’s Steamy Capital: Labor Law Edition

Hi readers! When Jolena Zabel ‘21 suggested that I write a quick blog-post about my summer, I didn’t hesitate: There’s no faster way to win my affection than asking me to talk about myself and, more importantly, about my commitment to public service. This summer, I returned to my beloved Washington, D.C. where I had… Continue reading Summer in Our Nation’s Steamy Capital: Labor Law Edition

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Courtroom Adversaries, Classroom Friends

Grace Powell and Mariette Peltier are second-year students at the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to law school, Grace worked as a Community Intake Advocate at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem for three years—an experience which inspired her to attend law school to become a public defender. During college, Mariette interned for… Continue reading Courtroom Adversaries, Classroom Friends

Pro Bono, Student Posts

From Former UN Ambassadors to Dinosaurs: Why IRAP’s Student-led Model Gets it Right

  The IRAP-tor with one of the winning school chapters “Sarah, you have to let it go.” My supervisor slowly took the file I was holding out of my hand as I gave her a sheepish smile. It was the last day of my 1L summer internship at the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and… Continue reading From Former UN Ambassadors to Dinosaurs: Why IRAP’s Student-led Model Gets it Right

Pro Bono, Student Posts

Getting Radical in the South

This fall I flew to Austin, Texas to attend the GRITS Conference hosted by the University of Texas School of Law.   GRITS stands for Getting Radical in the South, which is both a brilliant acronym and an important mantra that, I feel, is equally relevant and necessary here in Virginia.  The conference featured practitioners across… Continue reading Getting Radical in the South

LPS Summer Internship, Student Posts

An Adventurous Summer in Alaska: In and Out of the Courtroom

Interested in public defense? Intern in Alaska. Not interested in public defense? Visit Alaska. Applying for jobs for my 2L summer, I wanted to get the most experience I could in the courtroom. I had no idea where I would want to end up post-graduation (and still don’t), so I knew it would be best… Continue reading An Adventurous Summer in Alaska: In and Out of the Courtroom

Pro Bono, Student Posts

A Common Quest for Justice: The Value of the LPS Community for a Student with Niche Public-Interest Goals

Admittedly, my public interest career aspirations are niche. So niche, that when I tell people I aim to eventually work in the Jewish communal advocacy sector they often have no idea what I am referring to. Thus, before I share the genesis of my career goals, I must elaborate on the sector itself. While the… Continue reading A Common Quest for Justice: The Value of the LPS Community for a Student with Niche Public-Interest Goals