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‚ÄčAlumni Spotlight

Each year SFF sponsors approximately 24 public interest students with $6000 summer grants. Our grantees spend their summers in a wide variety of roles that enable them to gain invaluable experience and help disadvantaged people.

Scott Gallagher, J.D. 2018:

"During my summer at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid I worked for clients in a rural county facing criminal charges, housing clients facing sleazy landlords, clients recovering from a natural disaster, clients dealing with immigration consequences of criminal charges, undocumented immigration clients, homeless children seeking better treatment from their school district and many other clients facing issues in the wide spectrum of poverty law. It's an amazing organization helping an incredibly under-served population. This experience, made possible by the SFF grant, will help me better understand the daunting variety of legal issues confronting poor folks in my future career as a public defender."

Claire Nagel, J.D. 2018:

"This summer at the Orleans Public Defender, I had the opportunity to assist attorneys who represent indigent clients in New Orleans. My work included visiting clients at the Orleans Parish Prison, making inventories of discovery material, preparing various motions and writs, and helping my supervising attorneys with jury selection. This hands-on experience opened my eyes to how the U.S. criminal justice system functions, and this knowledge will certainly give direction to my legal career. My SFF grant made it possible for me to explore an area of the law that is suffering a funding crisis, and I am very grateful."

Ian Williams, J.D. 2018

"At the Center for Democracy & Technology I worked on pressing issues in civil liberties and technology policy. I researched and wrote about a verity of issues, including consumer privacy, government regulation of internet providers, and curtailing government surveillance of American citizens. I even had the chance to advocate directly to members of Congress on a bill that sought to limit the power of the NSA and CIA. I am so grateful to SFF for giving me the ability to afford a summer in D.C. and do some amazing work!"