Brian Vaca is spending the summer as an intern at Americans for Immigration Justice and has been assisting immigration maverick and Miami Law adjunct professor Ira Kurzban on a pro bono case, as part of the HOPE Summer Public Interest Fellowship program. Read More.
The Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program is designed for students who have a genuine interest in public interest work. The student fellows experience firsthand how lawyers can make a significant difference in the lives of indigent clients by representing them in domestic violence, mental health, education, disability and immigration cases as well as in other proceedings.
This highly competitive program includes a nine week, full-time internship at a public interest organization, a public Interest law seminar, and a legal research and writing project. Students receive a stipend and academic credit.
Recent summer placements have included Legal Services of Greater Miami, Americans for Immigrant Justice (formerly Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center), Catholic Charities, Dade County Legal Aid Society, State Attorney's Office, Public Defenders Office, Broward Legal Aid, and the UM Human Rights Clinic.
If you have an idea for a project, please complete the HOPE Project Proposal Form or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are eager to hear from you and explore what projects meet your interests and, if the opportunity arises, develop a new area of outreach and advocacy.