Monday, March 16, 2015

Internship Abroad

This summer I will be interning with a non-governmental organization in the Occupied West Bank of Palestine working on prisoner support and human rights. The organization employs about twenty, mostly attorneys, and my duties will include prison visits, compilation of daily arrest information, drafting lobbying letters, fact sheets, articles and reports, research and writing, and translation.

My entire educational and professional career before law school has been focused on the Middle East, and I came to Georgetown specifically to further that commitment. This internship is precisely what I have imagined doing as a lawyer, so I am immensely thrilled and grateful for the opportunity. And although I have traveled extensively throughout Palestine and Israel, there is nothing like working day-to-day to truly understand a place. I am anxious to not only build on my legal skills but also come to understand life under occupation on a much more profound level.

Further, having never done prison work domestically before, let alone in an area of conflict, I am taking care to prepare for the emotional and mental challenges that the work will entail. Speaking to students who have done similar work internationally, as well as practitioners working in the region, has been immensely beneficial, and I highly recommend seeking as much advice, feedback and support as possible to anyone preparing for such an experience.

-Danielle Jefferis, Georgetown University Law Center '12

Monday, March 9, 2015

EJF Applications

The Equal Justice Foundation is now accepting applications for leadership positions for the 2015-16 school year. It may seem early, but we want to allow for a long transition period for next year's team. The application is posted here and on the EJF Org Sync Page. Please e-mail applications to by Wednesday 3/18 at 5:00p.m. All non-graduating students are encouraged to apply. 
EJF is a really unique student group to be a part of. All of your work is driven by the goal of raising funds so students have sufficient funding for unpaid summer work. If you are passionate about public interest work, believe all students should be able to choose their internships and ultimately career path based on their interest and passion and not their finances, and want to demonstrate that devotion and your leadership skills on your resume you should apply. 
The descriptions of available leadership positions are below. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about being a member of EJF leadership. We are excited to have you on board.
-Meagan Gordon, EJF Chair 2014-15

Equal Justice Foundation

EJF's Live Auction took place January 29, 2015 in Hart Auditorium and was a HUGE SUCCESS. Check the Facebook page for updates about other ways to help fund public interest activities for Summer 2015