The Massachusetts Bar Foundation Legal Intern Fellowship Program recently granted stipends of $6,000 to four local law students who will spend 10 weeks this summer working for non-profit organizations to provide civil legal services to low-income citizens of Massachusetts. Recipients were selected from a pool of 27. The MBF trustees were impressed with the caliber of this year's applicants, who demonstrated not only outstanding academic credentials, but also extensive experience and dedication to public service.
Attorney Steven Wollman, foundation treasurer and LIFP Committee chairman, said the program benefits students and the indigent citizens they serve.
"During this time of severe budget cuts to legal service programs, the MBF is pleased to offer law students support to assist these organizations that provide such critical services to those in need. This program is a hallmark of the MBF’ efforts toward keeping the promise of justice in the commonwealth."
Students selected to receive an award are:
Matthew Foye, Boston College Law School, will intern at the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central MA in Worcester. He will work with the Family Law Unit, focusing on domestic violence cases.
Berit Huseby, Boston University School of Law, will intern at Children’ Legal Services, Inc. in Boston. She will participate in the Summer Clerkship Program, providing legal assistance to indigent children and families in the greater Boston area.
Megan McLean, Harvard Law School, will intern at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston. She will focus on immigration law through the organization’ Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic.
Lisa Renzi, New England School of Law, will intern at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston. She will work on the Low Wage Worker Project, assisting clients who have suffered job discrimination or other forms of workplace abuse.
Founded in 1996, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation Legal Intern Fellowship Program seeks to encourage careers in the law that further the goal of equal access to justice, while contributing legal support to organizations serving the underrepresented in the commonwealth. Each year, outstanding law students are selected to receive funding for summer internships at non-profit organizations providing civil legal services to low-income clients.
This program is supported by contributions from the Smith Family Fund and the MBF Fellows Fund. The Smith Family Fund was created in 1989 to provide legal services to low-income individuals. The Fellows Fund has been in existence since the Massachusetts Bar Foundation was established in 1964. Fellows of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation contribute to this fund, which supports philanthropic initiatives that improve the administration of justice, promote an understanding of the law, and ensure equal access to the legal system for all residents of Massachusetts, particularly those most vulnerable.
For more information about this program and the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, visit www.MassBarFoundation.org.