Meet The Interns 17-18

ASHLEY AUDISHO

  • Semester: Spring 2018
  • University: Albion College, Go Brits!
  • Major: Political Science
  • Why LSIC? I chose LSIC for 2 reasons. The first being that I am interested in attending law school, and I was hoping to gain hands-on experience in the legal field and gain more insight on law school and the legal profession. The second being that I am also interested in non-profit work, and I believe the values of LSIC are values that I strongly identify with--specifically, genuine motivation and desire to help those in need.
  • On the spring to-do list: 1. Get acclimated with D.C., LSIC, and The Washington Center. 2. Master my position as an expungement intern. 3. Actively learn, grow, and better myself every day. 4. Attend the Cherry Blossom festival.
  • Fun fact: “I am a huge Rihanna fan, and I have seen her in concert 4x since age 8.”

SAINT CLAIR SHORES, MI

NAIR BANKS

  • Semester: Fall 2017
  • University: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Major: Political Science with a double minor in French and Gender Women's Study
  • Why LSIC? As reflected in my areas of study, I am fiercely passionate about American politics and minority rights. I'm excited to intern with LSIC and learn more about the legal system.

NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS

 

CATHERINE BRESCIA

  • Semester: Summer 2018
  • University: UDC David A. Clark School of Law
  • Major: Juris Doctor
  • Why LSIC? To develop my legal research and writing skills, and increase my exposure with clients.
  • On the summer to-do list: Explore more of DC
  • Fun fact: "I collect playing cards for the cities/countries I have visited."

SEEKONK, MASSACHUSETTS

EBENEZER BULCHA

  • Semester: Spring 2018
  • University: Dartmouth College
  • Major: Triple-Major in Economics, Sociology, and Public Policy
  • Why LSIC? DC Law Students In Court provides a unique internship experience in regards to learning operations within law as interns are able to both learn on the job under staff attorneys as well as inquire of various practices and concepts from essentially anyone in the program-- staff attorneys, law students, etc. Moreover, not only does this program provide essential insight into the law-field for prospective students, DCLSIC truly serves the people, providing high-quality legal representation for low-income residents, protecting the disenfranchised within the nation's capital.
  • On the spring to-do list: Win the Dartmouth Student Assembly presidential election.
  • Fun fact: “I launched my first venture as a 16 year-old.”

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA

AYANNA COARD

  • Semester: Spring 2018
  • University: Howard University
  • Major: Public Relations with a minor in Theater Arts

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

REED DISKEY

  • Semester: Summer 2018
  • University: The John Marshall Law School
  • Major: Juris Doctor, Public Interest and Business Law
  • Why LSIC? LSIC provides valuable support for those in the area who have had issues with housing or misdemeanor crimes. D.C. suffers from socioeconomic inequality, and the LSIC helps to mitigate those effects by providing high-quality legal services to those who need it. Interning with LSIC will allow me to serve my community, and gain valuable legal experience.
  • On the summer to-do list: Hopefully watch the Nationals lead the NL East for a third year in a row.
  • Fun fact: “During my sophomore year in college I studied German, European History, and International Studies in the Berlin area.”

SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND

OPALA DHINGRA

  • Semester: Spring 2018
  • University: Yale University
  • Major: Economics
  • Why LSIC? I’m interested in law and thought that LSIC was a great place to learn more about the profession as well as meet some great people, and also really enjoy the opportunity to contribute to their mission!
  • On the spring to-do list: Be able to navigate the metro and DC as well as a native.
  • Fun fact: “I’ve recently learned how to make sushi.”

DARNESTOWN, MARYLAND

CORBIN EILMES

  • Semester: Summer 2018
  • University: Rhodes College
  • Major: Political Science
  • Why LSIC? It was easily the best fit for me. After learning what LSIC does with their attempts at not only furthering the education of upstanding individuals, but also their long-standing fight for providing an equal opportunity to the justice system for low-income people, I couldn’t not take an opportunity to support that mission. I wanted to capitalize on my chance to learn about these sweeping issues and how a non-profit is able to function and accomplish its goals.
  • On the summer to-do list: Study and do well on the LSAT while having as much fun as possible.
  • Fun fact: “Once when I was young I lost tic-tac-toe to a chicken (yes a literal chicken) and I thought that was the end of obtaining a successful life.”

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY

DANIELLE FIELDS

  • Semester: Summer 2018
  • University: Texas Christian University
  • Major: Political Science
  • Why LSIC? My passion is civil rights law and I felt that LSIC encapsulated everything that I want to pursue as a profession. Also, I want to go to law school in a few years and LSIC will give me an opportunity to help out with an array of different cases. I am very excited to be an intern with LSiC this summer.
  • On the summer to-do list: Take a couple of summer courses online, start studying for the LSAT, and learn as much as I can during my time at LSIC
  • Fun fact: “I love listening to music on vinyl!”

DALLAS, TEXAS

REBECCA GREENLEE

  • Semester: Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
  • University: UDC David A. Clark School of Law
  • Major: Juris Doctor
  • Why LSIC? Because I intend to devote my life to representing disadvantaged populations as a public defender. LSIS offers a nice area of experience to help me prepare to be an excellent advocate.
  • On the spring to-do list: Make it to the Supreme Court for a hearing.
  • Fun fact: “I am a classically trained soprano.”

DAVEBPORT, IOWA

MICHAELE HINCKLEY-GORDON

  • Semester: Fall 2017
  • University: University of New Hampshire
  • Major: Double Major in Political Science and Justice Studies
  • Why LSIC? Interning at LSIC was an ideal opportunity to gain hands on experience for a nonprofit law firm.
  • On the fall to-do list: Visit the Newseum!
  • Fun fact: “I have travelled to 15 countries.”

BENTON, MAINE

NOOR LAITH

  • Semester: Fall 2017
  • University: Catholic University
  • Major: Politics with a double minor in Philosophy and Theology
  • Why LSIC? When I first learned about LSIC, I thought, and still think, that it was one of the most amazing things ever. I loved that their mission is to provide a fair trial for low-income residents of D.C.
  • On the spring to-do list: Attend the White House Garden Tour, visit the National Arlington Cemetery, and attend the law school fair at the George Washington University.
  • Fun fact: “I survived the Saddam Hussein regime.”

BAGHDAD, IRAQ

SHUYING LI

  • Semester: Spring 2018
  • University: University of California Los Angeles
  • Major: Politics Science
  • Why LSIC? Because I am interested in Criminal and Public Interest Law.
  • On the spring to-do list: Go back to school and finish my last quarter there.
  • Fun fact: “I recently found out that I am allergic to cats (sad fact instead of fun fact).”

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

JAMES PAILIN

  • Semester: Summer 2018
  • University: UDC David A. Clark School of Law
  • Major: Juris Doctor, U.S. Law
  • Why LSIC? LSIC has a history of working with law students, helping them develop the legal skills necessary to succeed as future attorneys. I want to use the knowledge and skills I hone while interning with LSIC to assist and educate the community on key legal issues.
  • On the summer to-do list: Grow my knowledge of the law, exercise, network.
  • Fun fact: “I like to cook.”

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

TEGAN PETERSON

  • Semester: Summer 2018
  • University: The University of Wyoming
  • Major: Criminal Justice- Pre Law
  • Why LSIC? I love the mission of LSIC and have a heart for those who are without a voice.  I want to be exposed to the issues dealt with daily, while also getting experience that will be beneficial in a future career!
  • On the summer to-do list: To explore D.C. and see as much as possible.
  • Fun fact: “I love fitness and one of my favorite places to be is the gym.”

CHEYENNE, WYOMING

TIFFANY PROCTOR

  • Semester: Fall 2017
  • University: Howard University
  • Major: Legal Communications with a minor in Psychology
  • Why LSIC? I want to better understand the legal system and work with an organization that is actively helping people in need.
  • Fun fact: “Recipient of the United Negro College Fund's Red, Hot & Snazzy Scholarship

DALLAS, TX

KIRA PYNE

  • Semester: Spring 2018
  • University: American University
  • Major: CLEG (Communication, legal studies, economics, and government) with a minor in Psychology
  • Why LSIC? I wanted to get an idea of what it is like to work for an organization that helps people in need. My goal is to become a lawyer, and I thought that interning for LSIC was a great first step in the process.
  • On the spring to-do list: 1. Learn about housing cases and get an idea of what my career will be like.
  • Fun fact: “I have three alpacas back home.”

MIDDLEBORO, MASSACHUSETTS

SARAH SHTESSEL

  • Semester: Summer 2018
  • University: College of Charleston
  • Major: Economics and Political Science
  • Why LSIC? I want to gain experience and skills that will be beneficial for a future career in law.
  • On the summer to-do list: Watch an outdoor movie screening.
  • Fun fact: “I am bilingual in Russian and English.”

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA

ASIA SIMON

  • Semester: Summer 2018
  • University: Clark Atlanta University
  • Major: Criminal Justice Administration
  • Why LSIC? I chose LSIC because I am particularly interested in working with vulnerable and disadvantaged populations to tackle injustices and also gain practical experience as I plan to pursue my J.D. in fall 2019.
  • On the summer to-do list: Visit some local communities in the district to build trust with individuals who we may potentially help and represent.

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MARYLAND

SIDI TRAORE

  • Semester: Spring 2018
  • University: American University
  • Major: Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Accounting
  • Why LSIC? I respect how the organization is committed to their efforts to seek justice, promote fairness and equality for all, and offer legal representation to those who are at a disadvantage. The values and goals of the organization resonate with my interests in law specifically in human rights, immigration, and international law. I want to be able to fight and advocate for those social justice injustices that are often times neglected. I also respect how LSIC offers legal services to those who are vulnerable and are not able to combat their legal needs.
  • On the spring to-do list: Maintain and balance my academics and extra-curricular activities. Also, to maintain my physical, mental, and spiritual health.
  • Fun fact: “Major sports fan for all D.C. teams such as the Redskins, Wizards, and Nationals.”

SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND

NIKITA VASUDEVAN

  • Semester: Fall 2017
  • University: American University
  • Major: Justice and Law
  • Why LSIC? After seeing the internship opportunity on the Law Students in Court website, I was eager to volunteer for a team that provides knowledgeable legal counsel to low-income residents. I wanted to help students with cases and to gain a hands-on experience in the areas of public interest law like landlord and tenant issues.
  • On the fall to-do list: See more museums in DC and join the law fraternity at Amerian University.
  • Fun fact: “I have a black belt in mixed martial arts.”

 

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA

 

MAX WEST

  • Semester: Fall 2017
  • University: Rogers State University
  • Major: Public Administration with an emphasis on Public Policy and Pre-Law
  • Why LSIC?  I had heard about LSIC and their great reputation for public interest law in the D.C. area, so I was very excited to get an interview with them for an internship position!
  • On the fall to-do list:  I hope to get the chance to attend a few rallies at the Capitol as well as visit as many of the Smithsonian museums if possible!
  • Fun fact: "I collect pocket constitutions; I currently have 36 different copies."

CLAREMORE, OKLAHOMA

STEPHANIE YAMOAH

  • Semester: Spring 2018
  • University: Towson University
  • Major: Sociology/Anthropology
  • Why LSIC? Seems like a good place to foster my passion to help people specifically through the mode of legal practices.
  • On the spring to-do list: Hmm... to be determined
  • Fun fact: “I have a whale-shaped birthmark.”

LANHAM, MARYLAND

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