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The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Partners with SLLS to Offer Gillis Long Social Justice Fellowship

Loyola press release - February 19, 2019

The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law recently partnered with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services to offer the Gillis Long Social Justice Fellowship for a third year. Kristina Bison, J.D. ’18, will work for one year in New Orleans, providing critical legal services to low-income individuals. The Center will fund a portion of Ms. Bison’s salary during her time at SLLS.

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is the largest nonprofit law firm in Louisiana. The organization serves twenty-two parishes east of the Atchafalaya basin with offices in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Harvey, Houma and New Orleans. SLLS provides free civil legal aid to low-income households and other vulnerable people.

"Our partnership with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services provides much needed legal assistance to low-income people in our community in a great learning environment for our graduates," said Professor William Quigley, director of the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center.

Ms. Bison works in the New Orleans Housing Law Unit assisting low-income people in evictions, subsidized housing terminations, landlord-tenant disputes, and fair housing issues for people living with disabilities.

Before the fellowship, Ms. Bison participated in the Gillis Long Graduates for Justice Internship Program, which allows recent Loyola law graduates the opportunity to intern with local legal aid offices while waiting for results from the Louisiana State Bar Examination. Graduates for Justice earn $4,200.00 during the eight week internship.

“Since graduation, I have had the opportunity to work as both a Graduate for Justice Intern and as a Social Justice Fellow at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in the housing unit. Working in the housing unit at SLLS has allowed me to help protect the rights of low-income individuals through eviction defense, administrative hearings, and litigation,” said Kristina Bison, 2019 Gillis Long Social Justice Fellow.

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

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