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Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Places Six Law Graduates in Postgraduate Internship Program

Loyola press release - October 1, 2018

The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law recently placed six law graduates in its postgraduate internship program, Graduates for Justice. Launched in 2016, the Graduates for Justice Program offers short-term, full-time employment opportunities to Loyola law graduates waiting for results from the July 2018 Louisiana State Bar Examination.

Participants in the 2018 program include Kristina Bison, Brittany Odom, Michael Kasper, Alec Szczechowski, Amy Pirtle, and Mallory Flynn Hautot.

Interns work for eight weeks from August to October with nonprofit organizations offering civil legal services to disadvantaged communities in Louisiana. Interns work 35 hours per week earning $4,200.00. The internships are funded by the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center.

Interns value the opportunity to use their legal educations to give back to the community.

“Graduates for Justice has allowed me to work for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services while waiting for bar results. So far, I have been spending most of my time defending families from evictions and other landlord/tenant disputes. Louisiana has some of the worst laws for tenants in the country, so it is really important to protect the few rights tenants in this state have. Working for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services has allowed me to help protect those rights for clients while drafting motions, preparing for hearings, communicating with clients, and more,” said Kristina Bison.

For the first time, in 2018, the program expanded outside the Greater New Orleans area, placing interns in Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Three offices participated in the 2018 program: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, the Advocacy Center of Louisiana, and Acadiana Legal Service Corporation.

“With no law schools in any of the six cities in which we maintain law offices, it is a true blessing when we can host a Loyola Graduate for Justice in one of our locations. We are happy to afford the recent graduate with a more gradual transition into the practice of law, and we relish the opportunity to expose them to the realities, challenges, and immense rewards of a day-to-day public interest practice. Based on our past experience with Gillis Long Poverty Law Center summer interns, we hope to “convert” future Graduates for Justice into career legal services attorneys and leaders in the ongoing struggle to provide access to our justice system to those otherwise unable to afford it,” said Gregory L. Landry, Executive Director of Acadiana Legal Service Corporation.

To learn more about the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center and its programs, please visit www.law.loyno.edu/gillislong.

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