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Law Clinic attorney receives fellowship at Georgetown

February 3, 2012

Laila Hlass, J.D., a staff attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Immigration Law section of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, has been selected as the 2012-14 clinical teaching fellow for Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Legal Studies clinic, which specializes in immigration asylum cases.

The two-year fellowship provides a unique opportunity to learn how to teach law in a clinical setting. Fellows and faculty members at the center work as colleagues, sharing responsibilities for designing and teaching classes, selecting students for the clinic, supervising law students in their representation of clients, grading and all other matters.

“It's a really exciting program where I'll be able to continue working with students in representing immigrant clients. The fellowship is geared towards turning people into clinical teachers. I hope to grow as a clinician and to be able to eventually return with some better skills,” Hlass said.

Hlass begins the fellowship this July and will receive a Master of Laws degree with distinction upon completion.

“I've felt honored to be surrounded by such inspiring, dedicated colleagues in the law clinic for the past four years, and I know my experiences here have prepared me to take full advantage of this exciting opportunity at Georgetown,” Hlass said.

Prior to joining Loyola in the fall of 2008, Hlass was a staff attorney and Chadbourne & Parke Fellow at The Door’s Legal Services Center, where she provided holistic, legal services to immigrant youth in the New York City metropolitan area.

For more information, contact James Shields in the Office of Public Affairs at jshields@loyno.edu.

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