Elisabeth Haub School of Law student chosen for prestigious Immigration Summer Legal Corps Fellowship for 2020

June 11, 2020
Tania Parra

Elisabeth Haub School of Law student chosen for prestigious Immigration Summer Legal Corps Fellowship for 2020

Student Fellows spend their summer helping to expand high-quality comprehensive legal services and resources for low-income immigrants

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is proud to announce that Haub Law student Tania Parra has been selected for the prestigious Equal Justice Works 2020 Immigration Summer Legal Corps Fellowship.

Selected from 375 applications, Tania is one of the 20 law students who will serve in the 2020 class of Equal Justice Works Immigration Summer Legal Corps.

Through the Immigration Summer Legal Corps, program participants, called Student Fellows, are hosted at legal services organizations across 13 states, where they spend eight to 10 weeks during the summer helping to expand legal services and resources for low-income immigrants affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The coronavirus pandemic is creating significant challenges for immigrant communities across our country,” said Aoife Delargy Lowe, director of law school engagement and advocacy at Equal Justice Works. “We are proud to launch this law student program aimed at increasing access to justice for immigrant communities in these difficult times.”

Equal Justice Works is the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law. It brings together an extensive network of law students, lawyers, legal services organizations, and supporters to promote a lifelong commitment to public service and equal justice.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Student Fellows will work remotely this summer to support the efforts of their host organization. They will help clients virtually through video conferencing, online intakes, and over phone and email. They will also engage in community outreach through virtual clinics and presentations.

A rising third-year student, Tania will be working with the Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Newark Office, where she will spend the summer preparing merits filings and state court filings for unaccompanied minors in the Union, Hudson, Essex, and Bergen counties of New Jersey. She will also assist with the initial screening of unaccompanied children to make referrals and assess the legal relief available.

“I am extremely pleased that with the support of Equal Justice Works, I will be able to spend my summer helping unaccompanied minor immigrants in New Jersey receive the legal services they need during these rough and confusing times,” Tania said.

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