During my second year, I participated in the law school’s Federal Courts Clinic in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston. I worked with dedicated attorneys and public servants and saw how they approached the law and viewed their responsibility as government lawyers. I developed practical litigation experience through my work on cases concerning employment discrimination, immigration, and civil commitment of sexually dangerous persons.
The following year I gained experience representing clients through my work at Greater Boston Legal Services (“GBLS”) as part of New England Law’s Public Interest Law Seminar and Clinic. I interned in the Health and Disability Unit of GBLS, where I worked primarily on Social Security and Medicaid cases. I counseled and represented indigent clients at all stages of their cases, from intake to the filing of complaints to hearings. The experience allowed me to help fulfill individuals’ unmet legal needs and simultaneously develop my own lawyering skills.
During my time at New England Law I also interned in the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and, through the Honors Judicial Internship Program, for Associate Justice Mitchell J. Sikora, Jr. of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. At the Attorney General’s Office I worked on numerous cases involving housing discrimination, employment discrimination, and predatory lending. My experience at the Appeals Court offered yet another view of the legal system, in addition to providing substantial research and writing opportunities.
My practical experiences at New England Law have made me confident that I will hit the ground running in my legal career, and have also opened my eyes to the scope of many individuals’ unmet legal needs. In whichever area of law I ultimately work, I plan to make pro bono public interest work an important part of my practice.