2015 Equal Justice Works justice AmeriCorps Fellows

_MG_7033 Copy (web)From left to right: Lisa Johnson, Atenas Burrola and Kelly Durden

Atenas Burrola

Safe Child Immigrant Project Fellow
Equal Justice Works justice AmeriCorps Fellow

Burrola received her J.D. from Stanford Law School after earning her B.A. magna cum laude in political science and history with a minor in Latin American and Latino studies from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. During law school, she participated in the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, where she worked on a team investigating human rights conditions in Panamanian prisons, contributing to a report on the matter that was ultimately presented to the Panamanian government and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR); and the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, during which she presented at the IACHR on the U.S. government’s lack of proper exercise of prosecutorial discretion in matters regarding family unity. Burrola joined LSSP in January 2015.

The daughter of two Mexican immigrants, Burrola is passionate about helping her community (wherever she and that community may be), immigrants’ rights and human rights in general. Volunteering has always been a priority for Burrola as she understands the impact that nonprofits can make in the low-income immigrant community. She enjoys traveling and has lived in Brazil and the Dominican Republic. When her free time is not enough to travel with, she enjoys spending time with her friends, movies and many, many books.

Kelly Durden

Safe Child Immigrant Project Attorney
Equal Justice Works justice AmeriCorps Attorney Fellow

Durden earned her J.D. from UNC School of Law and her B.A. in English and Spanish from UNC-Wilmington. Before joining LSSP, she worked as lead attorney at the LGBTQ Law Center with the Freedom Center for Social Justice. Much of her career before that was spent with Legal Aid of North Carolina as a staff attorney. Currently, she also serves as a law instructor at The Art Institute of Charlotte and is a member of the Mecklenburg County LGBT Affinity Bar. Durden joined LSSP in December 2014.

Durden attended law school aspiring to help make the law accessible to the community. She empowers her clients by educating them on the law and giving them the tools they need to make informed decisions. She is a N.C. native and spends her free time with her family and their shih tzu.

Lisa Johnson

Safe Child Immigrant Project Attorney
Equal Justice Works justice AmeriCorps Attorney Fellow

Johnson received her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center and earned her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of South Florida. Formerly, she worked with LSSP as an extern with its Veterans Legal Assistance Project. She also previously interned with the L. David Shear Children’s Law Center of Bay Area Legal and the Department of Children and Families’ legal department in Florida. Johnson joined LSSP in December 2014.

Johnson has always been passionate about serving her community; during her high school and undergraduate career, she worked with foster children and other vulnerable populations, including those affected by sexual abuse, mental health issues, drug abuse and domestic violence. In her current position, she is able to combine her social work skills with her international legal skills by helping immigrant children access safety and stability. In her free time, Johnson enjoys cooking, running, and spending time with her fiancé and dogs at the dog park.