MBF Grants $24,000 to Law Students for Public Interest Internships

The MBF Trustees proudly announce the award recipients of the 2018 MBF Legal Intern Fellowship Program (LIFP).  This year, the program will provide four exemplary law students with a stipend of $6,000 each for a full-time, summer internship at a Massachusetts organization providing civil legal services to the poor.

The MBF’s Legal Intern Fellowship Program has two concurrent goals: to give talented students the experience and encouragement they need to pursue careers in the public interest law sector and to provide legal aid organizations with much-needed additional staff capacity for the summer. These awards are supported by generous contributions to the MBF from lawyers and judges statewide.

This year’s award recipients are:

David Romanow
Boston College Law School
MetroWest Legal Services
(Supported by MBF Fellows Fund) 

"Though saddening to see clients walk in the door with a seemingly insurmountable number of problems, both legal and non-legal, it was even more inspiring to see the positive change in their situations after the attorneys at MWLS got involved," said Romanow.

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Veronica Saltzman
Harvard Law School
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts
(Supported by MBF Fellows Fund)

During her twelve weeks at the ACLU, Saltzman worked on a variety of cases and issues, including criminal justice reform, free speech, and raising public awareness of the importance of District Attorneys. Saltzman will use the valuable experience she gained during her internship to pursue a career that focuses on criminal justice reform.

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MacKenzie Speer
Northeastern School of Law
Greater Boston Legal Services
(Supported by MBF Fellows Fund)

"MacKenzie built upon her existing strong knowledge of the SNAP program to advise several clients on SNAP eligibility, and in one of these cases, she developed and wrote a request for retroactive SNAP benefits of nearly $2,000 for a client who was wrongfully denied in the past," said Speer’s supervisor, Attorney Lizbeth Ginsburg of the Welfare Law Unit at GBLS.

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Chloe Sugino
Boston University School of Law
Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)
(Supported by Smith Family Fund)

Having grown up in a family who originally emigrated from Japan, Sugino developed a passion early on for helping families with immigrant rights issues to ensure they didn’t struggle in the same ways her family had. Sugino chose to intern at KIND both to gain relevant experience and to help vulnerable unaccompanied minors. The immigration turmoil regarding family separations beginning in May, and coinciding with Sugino’s internship only strengthened her commitment to a career in this area.