Legal Aid Center's Civil Justice Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by Robyn Ratcliffe Manzini and Aldo Manzini
We are proud to offer the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Civil Justice Summer Fellowship, sponsored by Robyn Ratcliffe Manzini and Aldo Manzini. The Civil Justice Summer Fellowship will provide a law student from an ABA-accredited law school who meets the Nevada requirements for student practice (Rule 49.5) the opportunity to work full-time during the summer with attorney mentors in one of our project areas: Family Justice Project, Children’s Attorneys Project, or Consumer Rights Project. The Fellow will gain practical legal skills, from interviewing potential clients and drafting documents, to court appearances and final resolution.
Legal Aid Center Board Member Robyn Ratcliffe Manzini and her husband, Aldo Manzini, are proud Las Vegas residents who created the Civil Justice Summer Fellowship to encourage the brightest future legal minds to join Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, to engage in the Las Vegas community, and build their legal career in Southern Nevada. “We appreciate the importance of practical legal and courtroom experience for new attorneys and we want to provide a hands-on fellowship experience for a public interest-minded law student.”
The 2022 Civil Justice Fellowship has been selected.
Congratulations, Jay Brunner!
William S. Boyd School of Law, Class of 2023
Roland “Jay” Brunner was born and raised near Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from Emory University, Jay moved to Las Vegas to teach 12th grade English at Eldorado High School. Jay settled into Las Vegas as his new home by taking advantage of the rock climbing, live performances, and taco trucks.
Since starting law school at Boyd, Jay has worked in several positions in various types of law. He was a law clerk for a top-rated criminal defense attorney. This past year, Jay was a licensed student attorney with the UNLV Immigration Clinic, working primarily on affirmative asylum applications for unaccompanied minors and bond hearings for people in ICE custody. Additionally, Jay is a Notes Editor for the Nevada Law Journal and the incoming President of the Workplace Law Club.
Last semester, Jay was a law clerk for Legal Aid Center in the Consumer Rights Project, and he is very excited to continue working with Legal Aid Center this summer. He applied for the Civil Justice Fellowship both to build his in-court advocacy skills and to get involved in public interest work in Las Vegas. Jay wants to give back to his new home and build tools to help everyday people in Nevada. Following graduation, he hopes to practice in Las Vegas.
In his spare time, Jay collects board games, bakes, and goes on adventures with his two ferrets.
The application period for the 2022 Civil Justice Summer Fellowship is closed
- Application period: will reopen in 2023
- The Fellow will receive a $12,000 stipend for the summer
Legal Aid Center will award the Civil Justice Summer Fellowship to a law student who has a minimum of 45 law school credits and meets the Nevada requirements for student practice (Rule 49.5). The chosen fellow will be mentored by a small number of attorneys in one of our Project areas (Family Justice Project, Children’s Attorneys Project, or Consumer Rights Project), gaining practical legal skills from interviewing potential clients, to drafting documents and court appearances, through final resolution.
Application requirements are listed below. Preference will be given to a law student who wants to work in a public interest law firm and learn how the top legal aid in Nevada assists over 187,000 individuals a year.
- A cover letter explaining why you are applying for this experience;
- A legal writing sample, limited to 10 pages;
- A resume. Please include any paid or volunteer work with vulnerable populations. Also include non-legal employment experience; and
- Your law school transcript