Conversations with Practitioners

Michelle Harrison

Conversations with Practitioners is our ongoing series in which we ask current practitioners about their careers 1. What do you currently do? I am a staff attorney at EarthRights International (ERI), a nonprofit human rights and environmental organization with offices in SE Asia, the Amazon, and Washington, D.C. ERI uses transnational litigation and advocacy strategies to… Continue reading Michelle Harrison

Student Posts

The Advice That Wasn’t for Me…

I am the only person in my family who has graduated from college. Before law school I didn’t know a single lawyer. To say that I came to law school with a romantic vision of what it meant to be a lawyer and nothing else would be an understatement. With that context in mind, as… Continue reading The Advice That Wasn’t for Me…

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Costs and Constraints: The Price of Access to Legal Information

The cost of access to legal information is a serious constraint on public service lawyers who serve low-income clients. As many public service attorneys represent clients in disputes with large, well-funded opponents, access to reasonably priced legal information that is accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive will help level the playing field. This is evermore important for… Continue reading Costs and Constraints: The Price of Access to Legal Information

Conversations with Practitioners

Emily Martin

Conversations with Practitioners is our new series in which we ask current practitioners about their careers. 1. What do you currently do? I am General Counsel and Vice President for Workplace Justice at the National Women’s Law Center.  The Center is a DC-based organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for women through policy advocacy, public education and… Continue reading Emily Martin

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Early Training

One thing on a lot of law students’ minds is the best way to get good training early on. As we learned in the Law and Public Service class, the law school curriculum has largely been shaped by the interests of private firms that want law students to walk through the door as blank slates,… Continue reading Early Training

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The Law School Culture: A Public Interest Perspective

Walking through the halls on a daily basis, we hear conversations between fellow classmates discussing law firms, OGIs, the overwhelming amount of confusion from readings for particular classes, and the like. I constantly find myself struggling to remember law firm names, practice areas, and attempting to keep track of the overwhelming number of firms spurring… Continue reading The Law School Culture: A Public Interest Perspective

News

Inaugural Women in Public Service Spring Reception Is a Success

On Thursday, April 7th, students had the opportunity to attend the inaugural “Women in Public Service” Spring Reception. Virginia Law Women (“VLW”) and the Public Interest Law Association (“PILA”) sponsored the event, with the support of the Program in Law and Public Service and the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center. VLW President Casey T.S. Jonas… Continue reading Inaugural Women in Public Service Spring Reception Is a Success

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A Liberal Prosecutor – Oxymoron?

I am a child of two public servants and I have always known that I would follow the public service path too. In spite of my own privileged situation, I grew up watching my parent’s clients struggle with poverty, lack of access to services, and additional law enforcement scrutiny due to their race. While many… Continue reading A Liberal Prosecutor – Oxymoron?

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Four Lessons From Legal Aid

For me, the most important part of my legal education by far has been working on real cases through clinics, pro bono, and summer fellowships with legal aid organizations. Over the past three years, I have spent well over 1,000 hours working with dozens of low-income clients on a variety of issues. Since I have… Continue reading Four Lessons From Legal Aid