HOPE Fellows Spotlights

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Brendan Corrigan, Class of 2015

Brendan Corrigan first fell in love with Capitol Hill as a senior in high school when he served as an intern in the district office of Congressman Michael G. Fitzpatrick from his home district in Pennsylvania. Since then, Corrigan has hit the ground running in pursuit of his dream of working in public policy.

Born and raised in Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania, Corrigan graduated from Arizona State University, summa cum laude, with a degree in Political Science. This summer, Corrigan, in his last year pursuing his J.D. and M.P.A. at Miami Law, is serving as a Capitol Hill intern in the Office of United State Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III as a HOPE Fellow. Read More.

Mitun Mitra, Class of 2015

Miami Law student Mitun Mitra was born in Bangladesh and even though he immigrated to the United States at a young age, he still remembers what he calls an ineffective government that lead to injustice among his people.

"Seeing people suffer, regardless of statehood, has motivated me to want to close the gaps in inequality."

This summer, Mitra is focusing on the inequality in his own backyard, by interning at the American Civil Liberties Union in Atlanta, GA. Read More.

Nejla Calvo, Class of 2015

Born in Bolivia to a Turkish mother and a Bolivian father, Nejla Calvo came to the United States at a young age. After growing up in Rhode Island, Calvo attended Middlebury College, where she was chosen by members of the faculty as a Student Advisory Board Member of the Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity. Along with her work promoting diversity and racial and social justice at Middlebury College, Calvo conducted an independent research study as a Metcalf Fellow in Bolivia, where her work in community justice projects truly began to take root.

It was this dedication to public service that drew Calvo to Miami Law, and as a highly talented and qualified applicant, she was named a Miami Public Interest Scholar.

“Miami Law embraces a pro bono ethic by providing access to public interest opportunities and connecting students to a vast network of legal professionals who are dedicated to public service,” said Calvo. “With guidance and support from the H.O.P.E. Public Interest Resource Center and the Center for Ethics and Public Service, I have been given the tools to forge my own career path as a future public interest lawyer in Miami.” Read More.

Tiffany Hendricks, Class of 2016

Ever since Tiffany Hendricks was a little girl, her family told her she would make a great lawyer. As she got older, Hendricks realized her family was right; some of her best strengths were talking to people, problem solving, and critical thinking.

After graduating from the University of Florida where she studied Political Science in 2010, Hendricks joined Teach for America Miami-Dade. It was an experience that became the key to opening the door to her legal future. “This opportunity allowed me to meet very influential people in the Miami community, specifically lawyers and advocates,” Hendricks said. “I knew more than ever that I wanted to further my education in the law.”

Today, as a rising 2L at Miami Law, Hendricks is seeing the law in practice as an intern at the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. As a HOPE Public Interest Fellow this summer, she is assisting a team of attorneys and investigators in reviewing discrimination complaints. Read More.

Steven Vitale, Class of 2015

Ever since being selected as a HOPE Fellow at Miami Law, Steven Vitale has been able to actively apply his passion for public service and pro bono work in the public sector. This summer, Vitale accepted an offer with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) in Washington, D.C. for which Vitale feels the Hope Fellowship Program prepared him well.

“The HOPE Fellowship program has provided me an invaluable opportunity to take my legal knowledge and skills outside the classroom and apply them to make a positive impact in the community,” said Vitale. Read More.

Kirsten Corneliussen, Class of 2016

When one thinks of the state of Michigan, cars, Detroit and the Great Lakes come to mind. But with one of the largest Middle Eastern populations in the United States, Kirsten Corneliussen is learning first-hand the importance of immigration in Michigan.

As a Miami Law HOPE Fellow, Corneliussen is spending her summer at one of her dream jobs in Ann Arbor working at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC). As she explains, “MIRC stands on the forefront of advancing the interests of Michigan’s immigrants and their communities through statewide impact projects.” The center provides legal advice, assistance and training to attorneys and nonprofits, with the bulk of work geared toward victim-based immigration benefits and naturalization efforts. Read More.