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Public Interest Law Fellows

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2020 Fellows

Sahar Takshi

American University '20
Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE)

Washington, D.C.

Sahar provides direct legal representation to low-income seniors relying on the District of Columbia's Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver, which allows Medicaid receipients to age in place.  She also educates pro se litigants and trains pro bono attorneys on the EPD Waiver.    

Elena Thompson

University of Texas '20
ACLU of Ohio

Columbus, OH

Elena focuses on defending students in K-12 public education from discrimination by school administrators on the basis of race, sex, and LGBTQ status through direct representation, integrated advocacy, and impact litigation.

Allison Gordon Wright

University of Texas '20
Equal Justice Center

Austin, TX

Allison works on immigration and employment law issues for clients living in remote, under-served cities, towns, and rural areas around Texas. 

Hannah Yates

American University '20
Blue Ridge Legal Services

Harrisonburg, VA

Hannah represents historically underserved rural seniors living in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.  She works to improve rural seniors’ access to aging services and prevent elder abuse and neglect.

2019 Fellows

Matthew Acosta

University of Oklahoma '19
Disability Rights Texas

Houston, TX

Matthew provides legal and education advocacy services to youth involved in the juvenile justice system. He provides assistance with a variety of education-related issues, including the eligibility process for disability-related services at school, truancy, need for improved behavioral supports and/or disability services, denial of enrollment, services for youth who are several grade levels behind, bullying, and homelessness.

Arielle Chapnick

American University '19

Washington, D.C.

Arielle increases CARECEN’s capacity for direct legal representation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, educates local immigrant communities on changes in the TPS and DACA programs, and implements innovative outreach methods to share information with community members of all ages. 

Marissa Ditkowsky

American University '19
Tzedek DC

Washington, D.C.

Marissa works at Tzedek DC to provide direct representation, community education and outreach, and legislative advocacy to assist low-income DC residents with disabilities facing unfair, unjust, and, often, illegal debt collection practices. People with disabilities disproportionately face debt, whether due to the costs of medical care, an inability to work, coercion into predatory contracts, or other hardships or factors. Marissa uses her experience as a disabled attorney to inform her work, and to focus on the specific needs and issues her clients face in fighting these inequitable practices.

Taylor Loynd

University of Texas '19
Georgia Legal Services Program

Atlanta, GA

Taylor provides wraparound education representation to students in rural Georgia who have behavioral and mental health needs to prevent improper, unnecessary, and unfair referrals to the juvenile justice system.

Dominique Perez-Sangimino

American University '19

Fairfax, VA

Dominique provides immigration legal services to domestic violence survivors in Northern Virginia. She represents clients in removal proceedings and before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. 

2018 Fellows

Kelsey Chapple

University of Texas '16
Bet Tzedek Legal Services

Los Angeles, CA

Kelsey represents low-wage, primarily undocumented, female workers experiencing employment-related abuses such as harassment, discrimination, wage theft, and retaliation.

Katherine Conway

American University '18
Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition

Washington, D.C.

Katherine focuses her work on representing bond eligible individuals detained in Virginia and Maryland immigration detention centers.  She helps individuals secure release from detention through direct representation, case placement and mentorship, and workshops with detained individuals.

Mackenzie Coplen

University of Oklahoma '18
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma

Olkmulgee, OK

Mackenzie works in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Family Violence Prevention Program and represents victims of domestic violence, stalking, dating violence, trafficking, and sexual assault. She primarily assists clients with protective orders, custody, and divorces. 

Marissa Latta

University of Texas '18
Texas RioGrande Legal Services

Austin, TX

Marissa represents low-income tenants in housing matters.  She focuses on representing individuals who have been illegally denied housing because of their criminal background, and she is working to improve housing access for people with past criminal justice involvement.

2017 Fellows

Rodolfo Castillo

American University '17
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Baltimore, MD

Rodolfo represented low-income unaccompanied minors in need of immigration legal services.  He also worked to connect immigrant families to community resources and services by building on existing medical-legal partnership models.

Kristin Donovan

American University '17
Legal Aid Justice Center

Falls Church, VA

Kristin provided legal services to low-wage immigrant workers in Northern Virginia's commercial cleaning industry.  Through advocacy and litigation, she helped cleaning workers recover unpaid wages and challenge workplace sexual harassment and discrimination. 

Megan Lambert

University of Oklahoma '17
ACLU of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK

Megan practiced constitutional and civil rights law, including impact litigation which seeks to create structural change and advance the law toward a broader realization of human rights and social equity.  Her primary areas of practice included freedom of speech, freedom of religion, due process, equal protection, and criminal justice reform.

Austin Vance

University of Oklahoma '17
Oklahoma Indian Legal Services

Oklahoma City, OK

Austin provided representation for Native Americans with civil legal issues impacting them as members of a federally-recognized tribe including cases that invoked the Indian Child Welfare Act and tribal sovereignty issues.

Andrew Wascheck

University of Oklahoma '17
Oklahoma Lawyers for Children

Oklahoma City, OK

Andrew advocated for children who are in the custody of the Department of Human Services due to abuse or neglect. He worked to protect the children’s best interests during the duration of their custody.

2016 Fellows

Ge'Andra Johnson

University of Oklahoma '16
Metropolitan Fair Housing Council              Oklahoma City, OK

Ge’Andra investigated complaints of housing discrimination, ensured compliance with state and federal fair housing laws, and litigated fair housing cases.

Corie O'Rourke

University of Oklahoma '16

Falls Church, VA

Corie provided direct representation for clients on immigration-related legal issues such as family-based immigration applications, humanitarian-based immigration applications, and removal defense.

Mary Beth Williams

University of Oklahoma '16
Oklahoma Indian Legal Services

Oklahoma City, OK

Mary Beth assisted Native Americans with civil legal issues impacting them as members of a federally-recognized tribe such as serving as a guardian ad litem in tribal court as well as drafting and executing wills and powers of attorney.