Catholic University third-year law student Madeline Taylor has received a fellowship with Equal Justice Works that will commence following graduation.
The prestigious and much-sought-after two year post-graduate appointments allow Fellows to design projects that address a range of legal issues including domestic violence, homelessness, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, juvenile justice, employment rights, health care, consumer fraud, and environmental justice.
Taylor will spend her fellowship with Ayuda, an organization that protects the rights of low-income immigrants in the DC metropolitan area. The Columbus School of Law's pro bono coordinator, Jen Tschirch, assisted Taylor with her application.
“I have always known I wanted to practice immigration law, and was particularly interested in non-profit work. I am going to be working with immigrant children in Northern Virginia,” says Taylor.
In a thank you letter to Professor Lisa Lerman for her support through the application process, Taylor wrote:
“I really appreciated your acknowledgment that the career path that we ultimately choose out of law school is important and that we should not settle. I bypassed some other application opportunities, because I knew that what I really wanted to do was work with low-income immigrant populations. I feel really validated in my decision to go to law school. And I also feel like all of the unpaid internships I have had really paid off.”
The Equal Justice Works Fellowship program is very competitive, receiving hundreds of applications each year for approximately 50 fellowship slots.
Taylor was notified of her successful application as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in late November.