The Massachusetts Bar Foundation's Board of Trustees proudly
announce the award recipients of its 2012 Legal Intern Fellowship
Program (LIFP). This year, the program will provide three law
students with stipends of $6,000 each for full-time, summer
internships at a Massachusetts organization providing civil legal
services to the poor.
Selected through a competitive application process, each law
student intern brings to her placement a strong passion and
dedication to working in civil legal services. "The committee was
deeply impressed not only by the excellent academic qualifications
of this year's LIFP candidates, but also by their determined
commitment to trying to make a positive contribution in providing
civil legal assistance to those who cannot afford it," said LIFP
Review Committee Chair Harvey Weiner.
At a time when many legal services providers face difficult
funding cuts, the work of these law students is eagerly welcomed.
"Demand for services really continues to exceed our capacity to
meet the needs of our clients," noted Rebecca Haag, executive
director of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, one of
three organizations hosting 2012 LIFP interns. "With funding so
tight, this fellowship provides crucial support and makes it
possible for us to address clients' immediate issues more
LIFP's goal is encouraging careers in public interest law while
simultaneously providing valuable staffing assistance to civil
legal services agencies in Massachusetts. To add your support to
this important program, visit www.MassBarFoundation.org.