Spotlight on Child Advocacy Clinic Students

Below is a selection of news items about students who have participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic. Click here for additional information about CAP’s Child Advocacy Clinic, including a master list of placements.

Laura Stelianou, J.D. ’19, On Learning How to Be an Education Advocate

In “No Matter What It Takes,” Laura Stelianou’s essay from the 2019 Clinical and Pro Bono Programs Commencement Newsletter, the recent J.D. graduate discusses her clinical training in education equity advocacy, including her placement with a juvenile court judge as part of the Child Advocacy Clinic.

Florence Bryan, J.D. ’19, Reflects on Child Advocacy Clinic Placement

In her blog post, Compassion and Commitment in Child Advocacy, Florence Bryan (J.D. ’19) writes about the lessons she learned through her CAP Child Advocacy Clinic externship placement with the Children and Family Law Trial Division (CAFL) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (the public defender agency for Massachusetts) about client relationships and advocacy beyond the courtroom.

*Florence’s piece also appeared in the 2019 Clinical and Pro Bono Programs Commencement Newsletter.

Michael Jung ’18, CAP Child Advocacy Clinic Alum, in Harvard Law Today

In the May 7, 2018, Harvard Law Today “Student Spotlight,” Ha Ryong (Michael) Jung ’18 credits his Child Advocacy Clinic placement (at the Massachusetts AG’s Office in the Child and Youth Protection Unit) with providing critical tools for the global child advocacy work he plans to pursue after graduation.

Charlotte Robinson ’18 Reflects on Child Advocacy Clinic in the Office of Clinical and Pro-Bono Programs (OCP) Commencement Newsletter

In the 2018 OCP Commencement Newsletter, Charlotte Robinson, J.D. ’18, writes in “Finding Purpose at the Child Advocacy Clinic” about how her CAP Child Advocacy Clinic externship placement helped her to determine the best path for pursuing her professional goal of legal advocacy for children and youth.

CAP Child Advocacy Clinic Student Among Recipients of David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Award

The award honors the late Clinical Professor of Law David Grossman ’88. This year, Michael Jung ’18, was one of just two students selected to be recognized for their outstanding clinical work. Read more about the achievements of Michael Jung in HLS’s 2018 OCP Commencement Newsletter.

CAP Child Advocacy Clinic Students Honored at 2018 HLS Class Day

Ha Ryong Jung and Charlotte Robinson, Child Advocacy Clinic alum, were among the recipients of the 2018 Dean’s Award for Community Leadership.

Elisa Hevia, JD ’17: Giving Back to My Community Through the Child Advocacy Clinic

Elisa Hevia, JD ’17, writes about her work in south Florida for her CAP Child Advocacy Clinic placement which enabled her to strengthen her personal and professional connections to a city she planned to return to after law school. Read more about Elisa’s experience here. 

Susana Cervantes, JD ’17: Reflections from the Child Advocacy Clinic

Susana Cervantes, JD ’17, discusses how her Child Advocacy Clinic placement gave her an opportunity to learn how in-house legal counsel can support social change. To read more about Susana’s experience, click here.

2016 Skadden Fellowship Awarded to Elizabeth Hadaway, JD ’15 and CAP Child Advocacy Clinic Alum

Elizabeth Hadaway, JD ’15, Hadaway will work at Public Counsel in Los Angeles on advocacy for California children denied the necessary instruction to achieve basic literacy. Her project will include community-led impact litigation, representation of children in their schools, as well as outreach to share the litigation model.

Lauren Blodgett, JD ’16: Three Clinics, One Common Value

Lauren Blodgett cites the Child Advocacy Clinic among the law school experiences that most significantly impacted her passion and preparation for work in public service after graduation. To learn more about Lauren’s clinical experiences, click here.

Mickey Belaineh, JD ’16: My Experience in the Child Advocacy Clinic

Mickey Belaineh, JD ’16, discusses how the CAP Child Advocacy Clinic helped her explore the various alternatives to litigation while “lawyering” for social justice and change at her placement, InnerCity Weightlifting (ICW). For Mickey’s article, click here.

Multiple Students Reflect on their Work with the Child Advocacy Clinic

In 2016, the Office of Clinical Programs, asked three CAP Child Advocacy Clinic participants to reflect on their experiences. To read the stories from Lydia Halpern (JD ’15), Faye Maison (JD ’16), and Mark Hamlin (JD ’16) click here.

Seth Packrone, JD ’15: Winner of Exemplary Clinical Student Award

Seth Packrone, JD ’15, credits the Child Advocacy Clinic with teaching him about the work of public interest law. To read more, click here.

Child Advocacy Clinic Students Honored at 2014 Class Day

Lisa Michelle Lana, CAP Child Advocacy Clinic alum, awarded the Frank Righeimer, Jr. Prize for Student Citizenship, in recognition of her dedication to the HLS community.

Arvind Sohoni, who also participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic, was among the students awarded the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership. To read more about the 2014 Class Day awards click here.

Two CAP Child Advocacy Clinic Students Awarded 2014 Skadden Fellowships

Alice Abrokwa, JD ’12, and Melissa Friedman, JD ’14, were among the recipients of the prestigious two-year post-graduate fellowships that support students who wish to pursue public interest law. Alice will work at the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, D.C. and Melissa will be at the Legal Aid Society in New York. To read more about the Skadden Fellowship and our Child Advocacy Clinic alum, click here.