Clerks and Interns Share Summer 2015 Experiences

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As our summer clerks and interns prepared to return to school in the fall, we asked them to share their thoughts about the experiences each of them had with LSSP over the summer. We’re sad to see them go and are so grateful for the great work they did with LSSP!

Abigail Henderson
University of North Carolina School of Law. Summer Clerk, Family Support & Health Care.

Abigail shared with us that she gained insight from her work at LSSP into the unique struggles that some of the most vulnerable communities in our city face. Having worked in the past as a counselor for people who are homeless, Abigail has experience dealing with public benefits and was excited to learn how to better help those in need.

“It has been such a privilege to work and learn alongside clients, tackling concrete issues affecting their daily lives. I’m learning how to be a more integrated advocate and working to increase access to support services.”

Itané Coleman
University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Development and Pro Bono Intern, Z. Smith Reynolds Nonprofit Internship Program.

Itané expressed how much she found she had grown professionally. She is thankful for this experience, because the reality of finding an accessible internship can be difficult for low-income and working college students such as herself.

“I’m so proud of all the assignments I’ve been working on, as well as the clarity this opportunity has given me regarding my desired career path and interests. The support I have received from both LSSP and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has been life changing.”

Melodie Pellot-Hernández
University of North Carolina School of Law. McMillan Fellow, Immigrant Justice.

While interning with LSSP, Melodie discovered that she loves being in court. Although public speaking can at times be a challenge, she enjoyed working directly with clients to fulfill their legal needs.

“The most challenging part thus far has been learning to embrace uncertainty and accepting the learning process. After speaking on behalf of a client in immigration court, I was proud that I was able to keep calm and help him navigate that process.”

Correll Kennedy
Wake Forest University School of Law. McMillian Fellow, Consumer Protection & Employment Law.

Correll’s favorite part about this summer was the amount of interaction and relationships he formed with LSSP clients. He decided to intern at LSSP because he would gain the opportunity to work directly with clients, many of whom now remember him by first name.

“This summer I have learned what lawyers ‘really do.’ It is no secret that law school is theory based with fictional problems. At LSSP, we are faced with real-life problems that we must solve as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Kristin Smith
Wake Forest University School of Law. Summer Clerk, Consumer Protection & Employment Law.

Kristin says interning at LSSP helped her develop into a real-life future lawyer as well as make connections between her law school studies and the work LSSP fosters.

“My internship at LSSP gave me a glimpse of just how creative lawyers sometimes have to be. Law school is so theoretical that when you actually start working on cases you don’t have any clue how law school correlates with being a lawyer. After this summer, I know my courses for the next two years will take on new meanings as I think about the practical aspects of lawyering and advocacy.”

Ivana Hughes
University of Alabama School of Law. Summer Clerk, Family Support & Health Care.

Ivana says her oral argument, legal writing and legal research skills have grown tremendously since working with LSSP. Her hard work resulted in winning a hearing on a Medicaid for the Disabled case, sparking her interest in health care law.

“There is a famous quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt that says, ‘The test of progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.’ I plan to take my work here and that quote to focus my legal career on helping the under-served.”