Meet the Interns 18-19

NATALIE BIELAWSKI

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: Tiffin University
  • Major: Forensic Psychology with a minor in Criminalistics
  • Why LSIC? I want to gain experience and skills that will be beneficial for a future career in law. I have done previous work in criminal law, so I really wanted the chance to branch out and work in Civil Law.
  • On the fall to-do list: Visit the Kennedy Center, go to the botanical garden, and take a trip to Georgetown University.
  • Fun fact: “I play rugby for the collegiate college level and for my hometown team.”

CLEVELAND, OHIO

JACOB DERUE

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: Thiel College
  • Majors: Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice with a minor in Legal Studies
  • Why LSIC? I wanted to intern at LSIC because it makes a difference in people's lives and I want to change the world one person at a time, while being able to learn the law and other applicable skills.
  • On the fall to-do list: Visit all of the monuments, ride all of the metros, and visit all of the museums.
  • Fun fact: "I played volleyball internationally for five years in high school and have physically played volleyball in over 10 states."

FAIRPORT, NEW YORK

FRANK FACIO-BEANLAND

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: City University of London
  • Program: Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
  • Why LSIC? Because it seemed and is a really good place to learn, develop and gain as much experience as possible in a welcoming environment.
  • On the fall to-do list: To learn, develop and grow as much as I can to become a strong advocate and litigator.
  • Fun fact: "I am a Liverpool FC fan."

GILBRALTAR

AMBER LAI

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: George Mason University
  • Major: Double-Major in Global Affairs and Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Why LSIC? I discovered this organization through the Global Politics Fellows program that I am a part of at my university. I chose this internship because it will not only allow me to better understand the legal profession, but will also allow me to contribute to the organization's mission while working in a collaborative environment.
  • On the fall to-do list: Learn the skills necessary to succeed in the legal profession, network, and balance work, school, and on-campus involvement.
  • Fun fact: “I have a scuba diving license from the Cayman Islands!”

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA

CHRISTOPHER OFFOHA

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: University of Maryland College Park
  • Major: Economics
  • Why LSIC? I admire the organization's dedication to the zealous representation of low-income families. I believe in their mission to make "equal justice under law" a reality. Their work aligns with my passion for public interest law and offers great exposure to the practice of law.
  • On the fall to-do list: Learn more about immigration as it relates to the criminal justice system.
  • Fun fact: "I have a twin sister."

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

STEPHANIE L. DALECKI

  • Title: Legal Intern, Expungement Clinic
  • Semester: 2L
  • University: UDC David A. Clark School of Law
  • Major: Juris Doctor
  • Why LSIC? I understand the mission of the clinic, and the need for public service because I live it every day. While working in a small but fast-paced immigration law firm, I have come to understand some aspects of the law. Several clients I meet with have been placed into removal proceedings due to a criminal conviction. Many of them plead guilty without knowing (or at least understanding) the immigration consequences of pleading guilty. I want to use the skills learned while working at an immigration law firm to help people use the law to enhance their lives. Volunteering with LSIC-Expungement Clinic will allow me to help other minorities like myself and perhaps, change the direction of their lives.
  • On the fall to-do list: Find balance and maintain my sanity
  • Fun fact: "I am a Black belt in Shotokan-Karate."

AREQUIPA, PERU

ALLISON OGUL

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: Colorado State University
  • Major: Double-Major in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Legal Studies
  • Why LSIC? I chose LSIC because I really believe in the idea of equal justice under law, and I want to practice civil rights law in the future.
  • On the fall to-do list: Visit every art museum in DC, observe a Supreme Court case, and take a trip to New York City.
  • Fun fact: “I know how to conduct music and once conducted the musical Godspell.”

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

MONIQUE THIMODENT-REYES

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Major: Double-Major in English and Political Science with a minor in French
  • Why LSIC? I choose to intern at LSIC because of the social justice component and criminal law division. I would like to become an attorney one day and hope to learn the different areas of the law that I could potentially pursue.
  • On the fall to-do list: Explore the different museums within the city, tour law schools, and try Ethiopian food.
  • Fun fact: “I am very adventurous and enjoy trying new things!”

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS

JULIA WETZEL

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: The George Washington University
  • Major: Political Science with a minor in Law and Society
  • Why LSIC? I am a third-year undergraduate student and am an aspiring law student. I know interning with LSIC will help me gain a necessary hands-on experience in the legal community to help ensure a fair justice system, along with making a difference in the DC area.
  • On the fall to-do list: To go apple picking and a fall fair.
  • Fun fact: “When I was in Italy I sang opera at the Pantheon.”

Kings Park, NY

LAUREN WHELAN

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: North Central College
  • Major: Double-major in Political Science and Marking with a minor in Leadership
  • Why LSIC? LSIC provides a lot of opportunities for interns that I knew I would want to take advantage of. Not only is LSIC committed to helping the residents of the DC area, but they are committed to helping law students. I think this aspect is so important and sets LSIC apart from other organizations.
  • On the fall to-do list: Attend a Supreme Court oral argument and go to a Capital’s hockey game.
  • Fun fact: “I am really good at calligraphy.”

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

SEAN WILLIAMSON

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: Baldwin Wallace University
  • Major: Political Science
  • Why LSIC? Ever since I was young I knew I wanted to be a lawyer, but it wasn’t until I got older that I discovered my passion for non-profit work. My dream job would to be to combine both of these passions to provide legal work for those who need it the most. Luckily for me, LSIC does exactly that. I hope to get valuable hands-on experience with both law and non-profit work and I’m excited to be working with LSIC.
  • On the fall to-do list: Get acclimated with living in a city for the first time.
  • Fun fact: “I’ve played the drums for 12 years and had a cat that lived to be 21 years old."

INDEPENDENCE, OHIO

JOZSYLNE CARTER

  • Title: Graduate Intern, Social Work
  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: Howard University
  • Major: Master's in Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in Criminal Justice (District Practice)
  • Why LSIC? She wanted to work with our staff attorneys and supervisors to provide clients and their families with resources in their community, while also creating psychological reports and various assessments to help the staff understand the physical, emotional and psychological issues that our clients face.
  • On the fall to-do list: Travel, hike, and hang out with friends and family.
  • Fun fact: "I worked with the College Success Coach to help a high school senior who had a criminal background to get accepted into three universities."

UPPER MALBORO, MARYLAND

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