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


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 2022-2023
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 rotates 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 assists 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. 

2021 Community Justice Fellow

Widad Diab

Widad Diab graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Criminology, Law and Society & Psychology and Social Behavior. She went on to graduate from UC Irvine’s School of Law where she was active in the Expungement Clinic, International Refugee Assistance Project, ACLU Court Watch, and the American Constitution Society. 

Widad’s legal experience includes working as a certified legal intern at the Clark County District Attorney’s Office and as a judicial extern to a judge in the Superior Court of California, County of Orange. While externing, Widad gained experience briefing and drafting legal memos related to child support and other issues in family law matters.  

Through her own personal and working experience, Widad found that low-income individuals and families with legal issues face many hurdles. Many must overcome cultural barriers, including language and communication differences that hinder their ability to obtain legal assistance. Other hurdles include a lack of awareness of available resources, along with economic deficits, which prevent vulnerable populations from obtaining the services they need. Widad is dedicated to assisting those who are without the proper financial, language, and cultural understanding to navigate the legal system.

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Additional Information

Feel free to email or call 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 702-386-1406. 

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