Dara Friedman, a student at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, will spend her summer working at a non-profit public-interest law organization in Chicago.
Friedman, a 2L, earned a spot among the 2007 Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program and will serve with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. She also will earn a $1,000 education award voucher though this national AmeriCorps-funded program.
"My internship at CVLS is going to give me hands-on experience in the actual practice of law, allowing me to serve low-income Chicagoans in an area where they are commonly at a disadvantage," Friedman, a Chicago native, said. "Helping people is the reason I am pursuing a legal education."
The 350 Summer Corps members are first- and second-year students from 117 law schools around the country.
They each will serve at least 300 hours in public-interest projects, providing critically needed legal assistance to low-income and underserved communities in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Participants gain experience in many issues, including civil rights, community economic development, death penalty, disability rights, housing, domestic violence and education.