Julie Rougeau (Class of 2004)
Since the time I arrived at New England, I have found a variety of opportunities through which I have been able to dedicate my time to public interest law and public services activities. During my first year of law school, I was involved with a number of different student organizations, including the Women=s Law Caucus and the New England School of Law chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, of which I was a founding member. I worked on specific legal issues through my contributions to the first Sexual Violence Newsletter, which appears online through the Center for Law and Social Responsibility. I also began working with Professor David Siegel, researching post-conviction DNA Statutes for the New England Innocence Project.
In my second year, I was able to pursue some of my public interest work through the curriculum. I enrolled in the first offering of the Public Interest Law Seminar and Clinic package. In the seminar portion of the course, we used a variety of tools to explore a range of public interest law issues. In my paper for the course I was able to continue my research and writing on post-conviction DNA Statutes. In my fieldwork, I represented indigent clients in court and before administrative agencies through the school=s in-house clinic, the Clinical Law Office. I was supervised by Professor Oro, a full-time, New England School of Law Clinical Faculty member, and was certified as a student attorney under the student practice rule (SJC Rule 3:03). Outside the curriculum, I continued my work with the New England School of Law ACLU, becoming the Executive Director. I also am involved with the Student Bar Association, with one of my initiatives being to work with other students and faculty to increase pro bono work among New England School of Law students.
In my third year, I shifted to the criminal law area for my clinical work. I enrolled in the school's Criminal Procedure II Clinic and obtained a placement in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. Finally, in my last semester, I obtained a placement through the Family Law Clinic in the Suffolk County Probate & Family Court Registrar's Office assisting hundreds of unrepresented litigants navigate their way through the court system. Through my curricular and co-curricular activities at New England School of Law I have obtained a wide variety of Public Interest experience, helping to fulfill my goals for myself at New England School of Law and providing a foundation on which to build in my post-graduate work.