June 07, 2006
Twelve Tulane Law School students will spend this summer interning with nonprofit public interest law organizations as a part of Equal Justice Works' Summer Corps program. Nathan Bays, Lindsay Carr, Chanel Glover, Catherine Bentley Harris, Heather Heilman, Benjamin Hogan, Erica Rancilio, Mary Reichert, Rebekah Robinson, Kaci Walker, Kristin Wenstrom and Morgan Williams will each receive an education award voucher through this national AmeriCorps-funded program. These students were among 608 applicants for 315 participant slots nationwide.
The 2006 Summer Corps participants are first-year and second-year law students from 113 law schools. They will each serve at least 300 hours in public interest internships, providing critically needed legal assistance to low-income and underserved communities in 42 states. Summer Corps members will also gain first-hand experience and legal skills in areas such as client intake, individual representation, research and writing.
Summer Corps program participants work on a broad range of issues, including civil rights, community economic development, death penalty, disability rights, housing, domestic violence, education, public benefits and workers' rights. In addition, Equal Justice Works set aside 65 "Katrina Summer Corps" slots this year for students who are helping to provide legal assistance to hurricane survivors in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
The Tulane students will intern with the following organizations: Louisiana Capital Assistance Center in New Orleans, Louisiana; Alliance for Affordable Energy in New Orleans, Louisiana; Legal Aid Society in New York, New York; New Orleans Legal Assistance in New Orleans, Louisiana; Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley in Roanoke, Virginia; WildLaw in Montgomery, Alabama; Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper in Atlanta, Georgia; and Innocence Project New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1986 by law students dedicated to working for equal justice on behalf of underserved communities and causes. Today, Equal Justice Works is the national leader in creating summer and postgraduate public interest opportunities for law students and lawyers as well as in urging more public interest programming at law schools. For more information about Equal Justice Works, visit