Teresa Frison (Class of 2003)
I arrived at New England already committed to public interest work. For most of my life I have volunteered, whether in my community or overseas. Public service is something I want to do and feel passionate about..
When I began at New England, I immediately became involved with Shelter Legal Services a pro-bono advocacy group for indigent people. While here I have talked to clients and helped them deal with their problems in a legal and social manner. I have continued to work at Rosie's Place since and thoroughly enjoy the hands on experience I receive. In the Fall 2001 semester, I enrolled in the International Law Clinic and obtained a placement with Physicians for Human Rights. This type of legal work is very interesting to me. The attack on September 11th affected the work I did. I was asked to look into advocacy for legal immigrants possibly subject to indefinite detainment or deportation. This is still very current and affects the liberties Americans take for grant as we see with the mandatory registration of men from the Middle East. Human Rights are an issue in every country and cannot be delegated to a remote region of the planet that most people have never heard of or will visit.
I am currently working for the National Lawyers Guild as the coordinator for the Street Law Clinic. We offer four clinics to community organizations in Landlord/Tenant Rights, Workers Rights, Civil Disobedience, and Stop and Search. Ideally I would like to work in Human Rights internationally. I hope to focus on labor law and child advocacy. It is very important to me to know that there is a human element in what I do and that it makes a positive difference in the lives of others. I see the judicial branch as the most important for ensuring a less corruptible government. I would like to be a part of our judicial system and assuring that we continue to uphold a higher standard of jurisprudence.