Miami, FL (Vocus/PRWEB) March 16, 2011
The international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, in alliance with Equal Justice Works, has named its 2011 fellows. Nine individuals will receive funding through the Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation to provide pro bono legal services to community programs. The public interest law fellowships begin in September and run for two years. Greenberg Traurig’s combined classes of 2010 and 2011 will consist of 19 fellows.
“We’re thrilled to welcome another outstanding group of fellows,” said Holly Skolnick, president and founder of the Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation. “We look forward to their exciting projects, as well as the opportunities they will provide for Greenberg Traurig attorneys to become involved in the fellows’ pro bono efforts.”
Since it was founded in 1996, the Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation has funded more than 100 public interest fellows who provide critical legal services to underserved communities throughout the United States. The firm is the largest provider of fellowships to Equal Justice Works, which offers matching funds for the fellowships as well as assistance in the selection and training of the fellows. The fellowships offer salary and loan repayment assistance, a national training and leadership development program and other forms of support.
“The Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation is a key part of our firm’s unique culture,” added Skolnick. “Our longstanding partnership with Equal Justice Works has provided countless communities and people in need with vital pro bono legal services.”
The 2011 firm-sponsored fellows will assist with projects in a number of different states across the country. They will work on a wide variety of issues, including special education, human trafficking, domestic violence, immigration and health care.
The fellows currently selected to start in September 2011 and their selected organizations are as follows:
Claire Blumenson, University of Virginia Law School
Juvenile Services Program of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.: Will provide otherwise unavailable post-disposition special education advocacy to youth adjudicated as delinquent, placed in the District of Columbia’s custody, and held in its secure detention facility.
Susan Friedman, George Washington University Law School
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, Washington, D.C.: Will represent individuals wrongfully convicted by the misuse of forensic science, educate the judiciary about forensic science problems, and monitor the progress of forensic reform efforts in Maryland.
Betsy Havens, University of Miami School of Law
Florida Legal Services, Inc., Miami, FL: Will help disadvantaged children in Miami access vital health care services by eliminating systemic barriers through direct client representation, community engagement, policy advocacy and impact litigation.
Amanda Klemas, Harvard Law School
Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Boston, MA: Will create special education representation model for low-income children with emotional disturbances that improves school success by leveraging new rights to wraparound mental health services.
Christopher Logue, Northeastern University School of Law
Casa Myrna Vazquez, Boston, MA: Will develop a new multidisciplinary, collaborative model for providing legal services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in a hospital setting.
Michael Mastrangelo, Brooklyn Law School
The Children’s Law Center, Brooklyn, NY: Will secure educational entitlements for disabled children embroiled in contested litigation through coordinated education and legal advocacy, direct representation and community collaboration.
Laura Matthews-Jolly, City University of New York School of Law at Queens College
City Bar Justice Center, New York, NY: Will provide legal representation and community outreach to immigrant children who are victims of labor and sex trafficking, so that they achieve self-sufficiency and avoid re-victimization.
Franco Torres, Boston University School of Law
Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Miami, FL: Will provide legal representation to immigration detainees at underserved Florida detention facilities and legal representation to and advocacy for detainees against violations of constitutional rights.
Kristin Weissinger, University of Virginia School of Law
Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, Denver, CO: Will use direct representation, outreach and policy reform to protect the rights of abused and neglected children from Denver to access the education they need to break the cycle of abuse, neglect and poverty.
About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from more than 30 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. In the U.S., the firm has more offices than any other among the Top 10 on The National Law Journal’s 2010 NLJ 250. In the U.K., the firm operates as Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP. Greenberg Traurig has a strategic alliance with the independent law firm, Studio Santa Maria in Milan and Rome. The firm was Chambers and Partners' USA Law Firm of the Year in 2007 and among the Top 3 in the International Law Firm of the Year at the 2009 The Lawyer Awards. For additional information, please visit http://www.gtlaw.com.