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NED JURI-MARTINEZ Centro Legal de la Raza 2016 Summer Fellow: Ned earned his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico in 2011 and is currently a Rising 3L at the University of San Francisco School of Law. As part of his fellowship, Ned will spend the summer working with Centro Legal de La Raza in Oakland to support and develop its pro-bono project that was established to serve detained immigrants held in the Mesa Verde Detention Center in Bakersfield. As part of the experience, Ned will work toward placing Mesa Verde cases with a network of pro-bono attorneys assembled by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. In addition, under supervision of Centro Legal de La Raza attorneys, Ned will also provide various direct services for Mesa Verde detainees including assisting in pursuing various forms of relief from deportation, and for those who are eligible, assisting in pursuing bond. Ned was first introduced to immigration law as an Immigration Legal Assistant and Interpreter at Santiago Law Office, P.C. in San Francisco from 2011-2014. During his 1L summer, Ned served as the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association/Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom LGBT Public Interest Fellow, which sponsored his summer fellowship at East Bay Sanctuary Covenant in Berkeley. During his 2L year, Ned participated in the University of San Francisco School of Law, Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic. As part of the clinic, Ned provided direct services for families and unaccompanied minors in immigration removal proceedings and before the San Francisco Asylum Office. In October 2015, as part of a group of USF clinic volunteers, Ned traveled to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, TX where he volunteered with the CARA pro-bono project which works to assure vital access to counsel for the asylum-seeking women and children being held at the facility.
ALFONSO MALDONADO CRLA 2016 Summer Fellow: Alfonso recently finished his second year at Western State College of Law. As a recipient of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), he connected with the school’s Immigration Clinic early on and participated as an interpreter during his first year. Since, Alfonso has served as a certified student-attorney representing clients who were victims of crimes and qualify for immigration relief and will be representing a client before the 9th Circuit next year. Additionally, he is a member of Law Review and the Honors Moot Court team. Alfonso attended UC Riverside as an undergraduate and earned a B.A. in Philosophy Law & Society. During that time, he became involved in sociopolitical movements pushing for Administration’s fair treatment of student, workers, and faculty. Alfonso also became a board member of Providing Opportunities, Dreams, and Education in Riverside (P.O.D.E.R.), a student led organization, which pushed Administration to acknowledge its undocumented student population and their need of resources. Towards the end of his studies at UC Riverside, he was given the “Estudiante con Corazon” award by Chicano Student Programs and to this day attributes all his accomplishments to his family and community. This summer Alfonso will have the opportunity to further pursue his passion for advocacy through his fellowship with the Indigenous farmworker project at California Rural Assistance.
NOAH MOORE: Noah is a Jackson, MS native, and a rising third-year law student at Indiana Tech Law School located in Fort Wayne, IN. He is the current president of the Black Law Students Association and a member of the Moot Court Team. This summer he will be assisting Staff Attorney Hannah Benton in the area of Juvenile Justice on issues related to the school to prison pipeline and implicit bias. Noah has always had a passion for juvenile law, but that passion intensified during his first year of law school. He served as an intern for the County Prosecutor’s Office at the Allen County Juvenile Center (ACJC). While interning there, he saw first-hand the vulnerabilities and risk factors that youth faced while maneuvering through their young lives. To combat and remedy some of those factors and issues, the following year he spoke and mentored youth in the Fort Wayne, IN area on how to transcend through high school and college while facing turbulent times. After law school, Noah plans to become a juvenile public defender or a DCS Staff Attorney.
LAURA NEACATO California Indian Legal Services 2016 Summer Fellow: Laura Neacato received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles. Throughout her undergraduate career, she focused on providing education and resources to underserved communities in both Africa and the United States. As a law school student at the University of San Francisco, Laura’s work focused on international human rights and bankruptcy law. As an American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence Recipient, and a United States Bankruptcy Court judicial extern for the Honorable Elaine M. Hammond, Laura found bankruptcy as another means to provide access and justice to underserved communities. Through USF’s International Human Rights Clinic, Laura has advocated on two separate occasions at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland as a Frank C. Newman intern and as a Human Rights Advocate representative. She has participated in the U.N. forums for the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Working Group on Business and Human Rights. Her human rights work focused on Indigenous Peoples from all over the world and the paramount need to protect these vulnerable groups from human rights violations from business, transnational and national corporations. This summer Laura will work to help obtain federal recognition for the Mono Lake Indian community.
ALEX REVELAS CRLAF 2016-2017 Fellow: Alexandra (Alex) Revelas graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College in 2010, received her J.D. with honors from the University of Washington School of Law in 2015, and was admitted to the Order of the Coif upon graduation. Alex committed herself to studying law after working with SeaMar, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing holistic health and human services, with a focus on the Latino community in Western Washington. Doing this work, she saw the daily struggles of her undocumented clients, including their lack of access to steady employment, affordable housing, and legal services. Alex became a lawyer to find tools and strategies to empower communities who struggle against bureaucratic red tape, prejudicial immigration laws, and discrimination. During law school, Alex focused on her two passions: immigration and workers’ rights. As a third year law student, she ran the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project, a student led organization that helps eligible clients obtain legal status through the “U” Visa program. Alex also held internships at the U.S. Department of Labor, Farmworker Justice, and the Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries. After a year of private immigration practice, Alex is excited to begin her fellowship at the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, where she will be able to bring all of her experiences to bear as she advocates on behalf of low-wage immigrant workers and other communities in need.
KYLE SERROTT: Kyle attended Ohio University where he obtained a B.A. in Political Science and Gender Studies. He is a rising second year law student at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. During his first year in law school, Kyle was a junior fellow in the Family and Youth Law Center at Capital University Law School, where he performed research pertaining to Juvenile Justice and the “School-to-Prison” pipeline. He has also been a law clerk with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus during the semester. Kyle is passionate about issues faced by youth in both the Juvenile Justice System, and the Child Welfare System. Kyle is a summer law clerk with the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland, California, where he is working on the Commercially and Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) team, as well as the Child Welfare Team. Kyle is interested in legislation, impact litigation, and policy work.
PAOLA TOBIAS Roots & Rebound 2016 Summer Fellow: Paola is a rising 3L at the University of California, Hastings where she is a part of the social justice concentration and a member of the La Raza Law Students Association. She received her B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in law and social services from the University of California, Davis. Prior to law school, Paola interned at the DC Prisoner’s Project where she advocated for the humane treatment of both incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons. This experience cemented in her the desire to pursue a career in law. Embracing her parent’s values of hard work and perseverance, Paola became the first person in her family to not only graduate from college but also attend law school. During law school, Paola has clerked at the Mental Health Advocacy Project where she focused on the economic rights of people living with mental health disabilities. Recently she was a clinical law student in the Medical Legal Partnership for Seniors clinic where she provided legal assistance to low-income elderly patients and made her first court appearance in probate court where she successfully argued for conservatorship on behalf of her client. This summer, Paola will be continuing her work with people in reentry by taking on the very exciting position as summer legal fellow at Root & Rebound where she will focus on expanding their reentry program to rural communities.
LINA VELAZQUEZ Inland Counties Legal Services 2016 Summer Fellow: Lina is graduate of California Baptist University and a rising 3L at Trinity Law School. As an undergraduate she earned a degree in Intercultural Studies. She is a first-generation American and the first in her family to graduate high school and become a college student. As un undergraduate, Lina’s coursework taught her about the world of human trafficking and the reality of people in need. During her summers she served as as a translator for a team in Mexico and as an overseas volunteer on a team in South Africa. Both of these volunteer experiences involved working at local orphanages and with the local homeless population. She also worked as a manager/tutor for Oxford Tutoring Company. She served as a liaison and translator between the school staff and parents in order to ensure that all students received the best individualized education plan. This experience was so enjoyable because she truly felt like she was making a difference with each family she came in contact with. All of these experiences combined fostered a deep commitment to help the helpless and the voiceless. During her studies at Trinity Law School she served as an intern at the Orange County Rescue Mission. Under the supervision of an attorney, she was able to help and connect with individuals and families that were looking for a second chance at life. This internship further solidified her pursuit to help the less fortunate. She is interested in immigration law, family law and human rights. During her time with the Inland Counties Legal Services Lina will utilize her talents and passion for advocacy to help procure public benefits for residents within the region.