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LSC Clinic Students Awarded Public Service Fellowships

Congratulations to the following former Legal Services Center clinic students who received 2014 Public Service Venture Fund fellowships to pursue diverse opportunities for 2014-2015.

Stephanie Berger (J.D. ’14) has been awarded a fellowship to work with the Community Law Office of Jefferson County in Alabama, where she will represent indigent criminal defendants with a specific focus on cases involving mental health concerns, forensic science, and collateral repercussions. She was selected as the Inaugural HLS Early Decision Fellow and will be a member of Gideon’s Promise. During her time at HLS, Stephanie was heavily involved in the Mississippi Delta Project as a Mental Health Initiative Team Leader. She also participated in the Disability, Veterans, and Estate Planning Clinic, the Criminal Justice Institute, and the Harvard Mediation Program. During the summers, Stephanie interned with Mental Health Advocacy Services in Los Angeles and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Prior to law school, Stephanie graduated summa cum laude in Neuropsychology from Colby College where she served as program manager for Colby’s Best Buddies chapter.

Elizabeth Floyd (J.D.’14) has been awarded a fellowship to join CASA de Maryland, where she will advocate for fair, sustainable transit development in a low-income immigrant community by supporting tenants and small businesses through direct legal services, organizing and regulatory advocacy. While at HLS, Elizabeth was a board member of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Article Editor for the Harvard International Law Journal, and Project leader and events coordinator for the Harvard Law and International Development Society. She was also involved in the Post-Foreclosure Eviction Defense Clinic, the Family Law Clinic, and the Harvard Education Law Clinic. Elizabeth has completed internships at Make the Road New York, at the Hungarian Helsinki Committee on a Human Rights Program Fellowship, and at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and the Environmental Defense Fund on a Ford Fellowship.  Prior to law school, Elizabeth advocated for the rights of workers and recent immigrants in Durham, North Carolina at membership-based organization El Centro Hispano and the Legal Aid of North Carolina Farmworker Unit. She also spent a year working on civil society and youth issues in Perm, Russia on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Nico Palazzo (J.D. ’14) has been awarded a fellowship to work with the New Economy Project, where he will combine direct client representation, impact litigation, advocacy and community education in support of New Economy Project’s campaigns to address systemic inequities in consumer credit and lending and support neighborhood-based, democratically controlled economic models. While at HLS, Nico has been an active member of the Law and International Development Society and has worked in the Veteran’s Law and Disability Benefits Clinic. During his law school summers, Nico has interned with Poder Ciudadano in Buenos Aires, Argentina and with Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A. Before law school, Nico spent four years working as a community organizer in Brazil and Argentina.

Full list of 2014 Public Service Venture Fund recipients.

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