Summer Law Student Interns, and August eNewsletter

This summer, LAF hosted 31 law student interns and six law graduate Fellows. They hailed from 13 law schools across the country and served clients in each of our five Practice Groups. Our interns and Fellows brought enthusiasm for learning, dedication to our clients, and commitment to social justice.  They left with a deeper understanding of poverty law and the challenges our clients face.  As a result of the hard work of these interns and Fellows, LAF was able to provide advice and representation to more clients and impact more lives in a positive way. We are so grateful for the time that they devoted to us this summer, and wish them all the best as they head back to school later this month.  We profiled their work in this month’s eNewsletter, which you can read here.

On behalf of everyone at LAF and all the clients we serve, thank you for your generosity and support of our work.  Your investment in LAF is not just an investment in our clients’ lives, it’s also an investment in the next generation of civil legal aid lawyers, who will continue to improve the world for people living in poverty.

“A Breath of Fresh Air”

Sometimes, all a person needs is to feel heard.  This particular story comes from a woman who wasn’t even a client of LAF.  One of our attorneys reached out to her to confirm the details of her problems and determine if we could take her case, and she was so grateful.  Just having someone recognize her and let her know of the possibility that she may get legal representation was enough to bring her real comfort.  This is a very common sentiment from our clients, who often feel ignored by so many. She sent this email to the attorney:

“Thank you so much for contacting me. You have no idea how much this means to me when I thought all was lost, then you called me and this gave me a breath of fresh air. I have struggled with my situation with loss of sleep and fear. Thank you so much again for being a blessing in my life.”

This is the impact LAF can have, even before we step in and provide legal assistance.  We are able to recognize people in times they feel most helpless, and hear them out.