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Legal Aid Center's Community Justice Fellowship
Sponsored by Paul Padda Law

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Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada awards a one-year Community Justice Fellowship to a law student graduate, outgoing judicial law clerk, or an attorney with less than three years of postgraduate legal experience who wants to work in a public interest law firm and learn how the top legal aid in Nevada assists over 144,000 individuals a year. 

Please visit  Paul Padda Law for information on the sponsor of the Community Justice Fellowship.

The application period for the 2021-2022
Community Justice Fellowship is closed.    

 

About the Fellowship

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The fellow provides critical assistance to the thousands of low income and vulnerable clients who are assisted by Legal Aid Center each year. The Community Justice Fellowship is designed to give new attorneys valuable legal training and the opportunity to gain practical experience in the areas of practice handled by Legal Aid Center. The purpose of the fellowship is not only to assist with the great unmet legal need at Legal Aid Center, but to expose the fellow to the workings of a public interest law practice. 

The fellow will rotate through Legal Aid Center’s project areas and get exposed to all areas of practice, from interviewing vulnerable clients to processing cases to final resolution in:  

The Children’s Attorneys Project, which represents thousands of abused and neglected children in the foster care system, giving them a voice to ensure they are not separated from siblings and are timely reunited with parents or grandparents or adopted quicker so they are not traumatized by long stays in foster care. 

The Family Justice Project, which represents victims of domestic violence, providing clients with a vital lifeline to reclaim a life free from violence by obtaining protective orders, divorce decrees, and custody orders. If the victim is an immigrant, the fellow will be able to assist in obtaining immigration-related relief under the Violence Against Women Act or other victim-based relief.

The Consumer Rights Project, which helps victims of financial fraud and exploitation, fighting against abusive practices that cause great economic hardship. Our newest program includes protecting seniors and adults with disabilities from unnecessary guardianships, ensuring their voices are heard, their liberty is not unduly restricted, and their savings are not depleted by those who seek to take advantage of them. 

2020 Community Justice Fellow

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Wesley Su obtained his undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley in Modern U.S. History and attended William S. Boyd School of Law on an academic scholarship. He received the CALI Award in Basic Bankruptcy and he was also on the Dean’s List. While in law school, Wesley worked as a law clerk at Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in the Consumer Rights Project, assisting clients with bankruptcy matters. In law school, his favorite class was Trial Advocacy, a class that boosted Wesley’s confidence with public speaking. He graduated from Boyd Law School in May 2019 with Pro Bono Honors.  

Following law school, Wesley worked as a judicial law clerk for the Chief Judge of the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court. Wesley was also a volunteer judge for the Family Court Truancy Diversion Program. As a volunteer judge, he met with elementary school students who were frequently late or absent from school. Wesley helped these students identify the stumbling blocks that caused them to be late or miss class. He worked with the students to develop a plan to overcome these barriers so that they could succeed and not fall behind in school.

The experience Wesley gained during and after law school illuminated the roadblocks that many low-income individuals and families face when it comes time to seek legal assistance.  These roadblocks are financial challenges due to the costs of taking legal action, the complexities of navigating the law, and a lack of education about legal resources. Wesley’s goal is to help vulnerable individuals overcome these roadblocks through education and effective legal assistance.

Additional Information

Feel free to email or call Venicia Considine, Director of Development and Community Relations at Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, for any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 702-386-1442. 

Please visit Paul Padda Law for information on the sponsor of the Community Justice Fellowship.