summer 2011 interns

2011 interns with staff pic

The students selected to work with LEJ staff this past summer were:

  • Chelsea Du, New York University School of Law
  • Anita Hofschneider, Harvard College
  • Fawn Jade Koopman, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa
  • Kelsy Sargent, University of Colorado Law School
  • Jamie Young, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa

Each summer clerk worked on several projects. Some of the topics were:

  • the design, delivery and performance of the Department of Education’s English Language Learner curriculum
  • systemic barriers and discrimination confronted by Micronesians living in Hawai`i
  • systemic failures in Hawai`i to provide timely and adequate mental health services to foster children who have suffered trauma
  • the development of a manual to educate immigrants about their legal rights
  • the failures of the O`ahu Youth Detention Home to meet its legal and moral responsibilities
  • options to provide safe, secure and affordable housing opportunities for the homeless
  • options available to expand the federal school meals program in Hawai`i
  • language rights of immigrants guaranteed by federal and state law as well as available enforcement mechanisms
  • the impact of the recession on low income individuals and families and the human services programs that serve them
  • the Hawai`i Public Housing Authority projects that repeatedly fail HUD’s annual audits and the extent of their failures

 Research papers on each of these issues were prepared, and the clerks explored options available for advocacy. Many of these research papers are currently available from LEJ and are contained on our website. LEJ is seeking pro bono partners interested in working on these issues.