Meet the Interns 18-19

NATALIE BIELAWSKI

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: Tiffin University
  • Major: Forensic Psychology with a minor in Criminalistics
  • Why LSIC? Natalie wants to gain experience and skills that will be beneficial for a future career in law. She has done previous work in criminal law, so she 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

EMILY CARRILLO

  • Title: Social Work Intern
  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: The University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Major: Masters in Social Work
  • Why LSIC?  Emily chose to intern at LSIC because she wanted to be in a completely different environment than her previous internship. She also thought it would be interesting to see how social work can play a role in a legal setting.
  • On the fall to-do list: Have a bonfire.
  • Fun fact: “I traveled to Florence, Italy and stayed there for three weeks last summer.”

GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND

JOZSYLNE CARTER

  • Title: Social Work Intern
  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: Howard University
  • Major: Master's in Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in Criminal Justice (District Practice)
  • Why LSIC? Jozsylne 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

STEPHANIE L. DALECKI

  • Title: Legal Intern, Expungement Clinic
  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: UDC David A. Clark School of Law
  • Year: 2L
  • Why LSIC? Stephanie understands the mission of the clinic, and the need for public service because she lives it every day. While working in a small but fast-paced immigration law firm, she has come to understand some aspects of the law. Several clients she met 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. She wants 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 her to help other minorities like herself and perhaps, change the direction of their lives.
  • On the fall to-do list: Find balance and maintain sanity.
  • Fun fact: "I am a Black belt in Shotokan-Karate."

AREQUIPA, PERU

JACOB DERUE

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: Thiel College
  • Majors: Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice with a minor in Legal Studies
  • Why LSIC? Jake wanted to intern at LSIC because it makes a difference in people's lives and he wants 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

SAMANTHA EATON

  • Title: Operations/Immigration Intern
  • Semester: Spring 2019
  • University: Colby-Sawyer College
  • Majors: History and Political Studies with a minor in Legal Studies
  • Why LSIC? Samantha will learn the crucial skills and gain the firsthand experience needed to succeed in the field of law while also helping those who otherwise many not be able to afford legal help.
  • On the spring to-do list: Explore everything the capital has to offer and experience living in a city.
  • Fun fact: "I have only been to DC once!"

NEW LONDON, NH

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."

GIBRALTAR

CLAIRE HEINE

  • Title: Operations Intern
  • Semester: Spring 2019
  • University: Georgetown University
  • Major: International Economics
  • Why LSIC?
  • On the spring to-do list: Gain legal experience and serve the DC community through her work with LSIC.
  • Fun fact: "I am captain of the ultimate frisbee team!"

WASHINGTON, DC

ELAINE HUANG

  • Title: Operations Intern
  • Semester: Winter 2019
  • University: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Majors: Political Science and Economics with a minor in Asian American Studies
  • Why LSIC? Elaine wants an opportunity to experience the diverse community in Washington, DC as well as the opportunity to gain experience in the legal field alongside people who are just as passionate about it.
  • On the winter to-do list: Explore the state and get a taste of the East coast.
  • Fun fact: "I love EDM concerts and I'm excited for the cheaper tickets for these events on the East coast."

LOS ANGELES, CA

AMBER LAI

  • Title: Development Intern
  • Semesters: Fall 2018 & Spring 2019
  • University: George Mason University
  • Majors: Global Affairs and Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Why LSIC? Amber discovered this organization through the Global Politics Fellows program that she is a part of at her university. She chose this internship because it will not only allow her to better understand the legal profession, but will also allow her to contribute to the organization's mission while working in a collaborative environment.
  • On the fall & spring 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

MONICA LEBENSZTEJN

  • Title: Operations Intern
  • Semester: Spring 2019
  • University: Dominican University
  • Majors: Political Science and History with a minor in Pre-law
  • Why LSIC? I was drawn to this organization because it offers representation for low-income clients facing housing issues and allows students to play an integral role in helping out.
  • On the spring to-do list: Monica is excited to visit as many cafes and restaurants in DC.
  • Fun fact: "I am Polish. I am fluent in speaking, reading, and writing the language!"

CHICAGO, IL

BRADLEY MCEWAN

  • Title: Legal Intern
  • Semester: Spring 2019
  • University: Howard University School of Law
  • Year: 3L
  • Biography: Mr. McEwan aspires to be a corporate transactional lawyer whose practice will include counseling clients in all business and legal aspects related to the financing, acquisition, production, distribution and other exploitation of content and live events. Additionally, Mr. McEwan aspires to represent media and entertainment clients (including their portfolio companies) in connection with all aspects of their domestic and cross-border M&A activities, and structuring strategic investment, financing, and co-financing arrangements. In this respect, Mr. McEwan has gained exposure to the media and entertainment field by assisting the National Basketball Association (“NBA”) as an Associate Staff Accountant that managed the accounting for NBA Digital, a joint venture with Turner Sports Digital composed of NBA TV and NBA.com. Furthermore, Mr. McEwan has begun to gain a robust understanding of M&A activities due to his experience as a Summer Associate in the M&A practice group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Upon graduation in May 2019, Mr. McEwan will return to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as an Associate in its New York office.

WASHINGTON, DC

NITZA MUNOZ

  • Title: Immigration Intern
  • Semester: Spring 2019
  • University: Monmouth University
  • Majors: Communication and Political Science with a concentration in Legal Studies
  • Why LSIC? Nitza connected with the values of LSIC. She admires the organization's efforts to promote equality for all. She wants to fight against social injustices and she believes LSIC will show her how. In the fall, she plans on attending law school and LSIC will give her the hands on experience in the legal field.
  • On the spring to-do list: Explore DC and discover what law she wants to do.
  • Fun fact: "I have been a vegetarian since the fourth grade."

NORTH BERGEN, NJ

CHRISTOPHER OFFOHA

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: University of Maryland College Park
  • Major: Economics
  • Why LSIC? Christopher admires the organization's dedication to the zealous representation of low-income families. He believes in their mission to make "equal justice under law" a reality. Their work aligns with his 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

ALLISON OGUL

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: Colorado State University
  • Majors: Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Legal Studies
  • Why LSIC? Allison chose LSIC because she really believes in the idea of equal justice under law, and she wants 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

EDUARDO ROA

  • Semester: Spring 2019
  • University: University of California Davis
  • Majors: Political Science with Minor in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies
  • Why LSIC? Eduardo has worked six years in the field of workers compensation law assisting injured workers gain maximum representation. He was drawn by this organization's diverse involvement in several fields of law and hopes to gain more knowledge of Washington’s judicial system.
  • On the spring to-do list: Travel the east coast and network.
  • Fun fact: “I’ve backpacked through both the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for seven days and Europe for 10.”

DAVIS, CALIFORNIA

MONIQUE THIMODENT-REYES

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Majors: English and Political Science with a minor in French
  • Why LSIC? Monique chose to intern at LSIC because of the social justice component and criminal law division. She would like to become an attorney one day and hopes to learn the different areas of the law that she 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

ASHLEY TOMILLO

  • Title: Operations Intern
  • Semester: Spring 2019
  • University: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Major: Political Science with a concentration in Law and Power
  • Why LSIC? Ashley hopes to attend law school after graduating next December.
  • On the spring to-do list: Shopping, watching sports, and reading new books.
  • Fun fact: “I have never been to DC before and am super excited to spend the semester learning more about the legal profession and exploring the nation's capital!”

BARTLETT, ILLINOIS

CHAELIN SHIN

  • Title: Legal Intern
  • Semester: Winter & Spring 2019
  • University: University of Chicago Law School, Class of 2018
  • Why LSIC? Chaelin is interested in working at LSIC because she has always wanted to help people who do not have the requisite resources to seek legal aid, and that is one of the main reasons she entered law school in the first place. She believes LSIC is the perfect place for her to pursue that path and also a great opportunity for her to learn and gain valuable experience.
  • On the winter & spring to-do list: Meet new people, learn more, and just enjoy life in general.
  • Fun fact: “I can speak three (and a half) different languages: English, Korean, Japanese, and a little bit of Mandarin Chinese.”

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

MONICA SILVEIRA

  • Title: Expungement Intern
  • Semester: Spring 2019
  • University: San Diego State University
  • Major: Political Science
  • Why LSIC? Monica chose LSIC because she wanted to get hands-on experience working under criminal lawyers, develop her professional skills, and to get involved with the DC community.
  • On the spring to-do list: See a case argued in the Supreme Court, visit all of the monuments and all of the museums in the National Mall, and try food from every restaurant in Union Market.
  • Fun fact: "I speak some Italian and know American Sign Language."

NOVATO, CA

JULIA WETZEL

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: The George Washington University
  • Major: Political Science with a minor in Law and Society
  • Why LSIC? Julia is a third-year undergraduate student and an aspiring law student. She knows interning with LSIC will help her 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
  • Majors: Political Science and Marketing with a minor in Leadership
  • Why LSIC? LSIC provides a lot of opportunities for interns that Lauren knew she 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. She thinks 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

JOSEPHINE WHITELEY

  • Title: Expungement Intern
  • Semester: Spring 2019
  • University: Monmouth University
  • Major: Criminal Justice with a minor in Legal Studies
  • Why LSIC? Josephine chose an internship with LSIC because she has a passion for serving justice for all individuals and will be able to gain necessary skills and experience in the field of criminal law.
  • On the spring to-do list:
  • Fun fact: “I hope to attend law school and pursue a career in criminal law."

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ

SEAN WILLIAMSON

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • University: Baldwin Wallace University
  • Major: Political Science
  • Why LSIC? Ever since Sean was young, he knew he wanted to be a lawyer, but it wasn’t until he got older that he discovered his passion for non-profit work. His dream job would to be to combine both of these passions to provide legal work for those who need it the most. Luckily for him, LSIC does exactly that. He hopes to get valuable hands-on experience with both law and non-profit work and is 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

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