The Massachusetts Bar Foundation (MBF) is pleased to announcethat applications are now available for its Legal Intern Fellowship Program (LIFP).Through the LIFP, the MBF awards $6,000 stipends to law students who intern duringthe summer months at nonprofit organizations providing civil legal services to low-incomeclients in Massachusetts. Founded in 1996, the LIFP seeks to encourage careers inthe law that further the goals of social justice, while contributing valuable legalsupport to organizations serving the state’s indigent population.
MBF Trustee and Chair of the LIFP Committee, Jenny C. Chou,said, “The importance of the LIFP awards cannot be overstated. With these grants,organizations that address the legal needs of those who are traditionally ignoredby the system are able to support law students who can provide additional resourcesto serving clients. With this valuable experience, these students, who have demonstrateda desire and commitment to work with the poor and disempowered, can help to perpetuatea culture of true public interest minded lawyers who will work to ensure that thelegal needs of all residents of the commonwealth are valued and where equal accessto the legal system is a reality.”
Generous funding from the MBF Fellows Fund and the Smith FamilyFund makes this program possible. Established together with the MBF in 1964, theMBF Fellows Fund consists of donations from Massachusetts lawyers and judges who serve asfellows to the foundation. Proceeds from this fund are used for initiatives thatsupport the MBF’s mission: to improve the administration of justice, promote anunderstanding of the law and ensure equal access to the legal system for all residentsof the commonwealth. The Smith Family Fund was created as a permanent endowmentto the MBF in 1989 to provide legal services to low-income individuals, especiallychildren.
As one of the MBF’s most successful initiatives, the LIFPhas enabled law students to put lessons learned in the classroom into practice atorganizations across the state. Students repeatedly rave about their experiences.For example, Adam Homicz, 2003 MBF Fellow, noted, “The experience gave me invaluableinsight into the intricacies of legal aid and taught me more about how law is actuallypracticed than my entire first year of law school.”
The MBF encourages all interested law students to considerapplying to this program. Application materials are available online at www.MassBarFoundation.org.Applications must be submitted by March 17, 2006. Please contact Elizabeth Lynch,executive director, at (617) 338-0534 or [e-mail lynch], with any questions aboutthe MBF Legal Intern Fellowship Program.