CUA Law student, Edmarie Rosario Marin (1L), received the first Squire Patton Boggs Deans' Circle Sustained Impact Fellowship in Puerto Rico. The Fellowship will focus on disaster relief, community rebuilding and access to justice in post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico. The purpose of the first Sustained Impact Fellowship is to provide pro bono legal services over a multiyear period. The Foundation-Deans’ Circle partnership will address this challenge by placing a series of Fellows from different Fellowship Law Schools to do this pro bono work during the summers of at least the next three years.
In addition to concentrating legal services on disaster relief and community rebuilding for an extended period, the goal of the Sustained Impact Fellowship is to provide a model for others on how to bring and direct sustained pro bono legal services to the rebuilding of communities in Puerto Rico and other places recently devastated by disaster. The program will be creating skills and a knowledge base that can be used at regions impacted at a future date.