Five students who are active participants in Miami Law's HOPE Public Interest Resource Center have been selected as Equal Justice Works Summer Corps members this summer. This program provides $1,132 in education vouchers to students working at least 300 summer hours at a nonprofit organization.
Four Miami Law HOPE Fellows were selected. Lindsay Alter is working with the Girls Advocacy Project in Pembroke Pines; Gracia Cuzzi is working with The Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center in Miami; Rachel Goldstein is working with the Miami Public Defender's Office; and rising second-year student Kathryn Walker (who is also a Miami Scholar) is working with Miami-Dade County Public Defender's Office.
The fifth student, Jamie Webner, a second-year law student and Miami Scholar, is working at the Law Offices of the Public Defender, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida in Miami.
"We are very proud of the Miami Law students who have been recognized by Equal Justice Works for their exemplary work in public interest," said Gretchen C. Bellamy, Director of International Public Interest Programs at Miami Law.
In addition to the financial assistance received, students will also gain practical skills. They will obtain first-hand experience and legal skills in areas such as carrying out client intake and representation, and performing legal research and writing. They will also have access to Equal Justice Works' range of experience and expertise and network of alumni as the nation's largest provider of public interest opportunities for law students and attorneys.
"Earning this stipend allows me the opportunity to contribute to a public interest organization that I am passionate about," said Miami Law student Cuzzi. "Without additional funding and support from EJW, it would be financially impossible to have this meaningful summer experience."