Shelbire Paul '23

2021 Rural Summer Legal Corps Fellowship

Elisabeth Haub School of Law student Shelbire Paul ‘23 has been selected for the prestigious 2021 Rural Summer Legal Corps Fellowship. Selected from 460 applications, Shelbire is one of 35 law students who will serve in the 2021 class of Rural Summer Legal Corps.  

Each summer, Equal Justice Works partners with Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to support law students who want to give back to rural communities across the United and its territories. Program participants, called Student Fellows spend eight to ten weeks during the summer exploring a career in civil legal aid, by providing direct legal services and building capacity at the organizations where they serve.  

Hosted at Legal Services of North Florida, Shelbire will support the organization’s response to legal issues resulting from Hurricane Michael, Hurricane Sally, and COVID-19. Shelbire's work will largely involve housing issues such as title-clearing and heir-property issues; contractor disputes such as fraud, liens, and poor-quality work; access to federal and state rehabilitation funds; and the development of affordable housing within the affected counties.

“Hurricanes and other disasters wreak havoc on people’s lives, especially those living in rural areas,” said Aoife Delargy Lowe, vice president of law school engagement & advocacy at Equal Justice Works. “We are very proud to support Shelbire in her efforts to ensure that disaster survivors have access to safe and affordable housing while they get back on their feet.”

Shelbire notes that she learned of this opportunity through Haub Law’s Center for Career and Professional Development. “I was very excited when I found out I was selected for this opportunity because it involves giving back to the community and serving the underserved members of society.”

You can find additional information about the program here.