As a rising third-year law student at American University’s Washington College of Law, I pursued a summer internship with HPRP to gain practical public interest experience in a fast-paced environment. My immersion as a public benefits law clerk has given me a chance to work on a number of projects, and to learn a lot about programs like Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, Medical Assistance, and Temporary Cash Assistance in the process.
Shortly after starting my internship, I joined staff attorney Michelle Salomon and other HPRP attorneys to do outreach at local homeless shelters, where we met with families who had questions or needed help with public benefits. As the summer comes near an end, I am now seeing closure for many of these families. Read more…
NOTE: This blog post is reblogged from the Homeless Persons Representation Project. I have shared this excerpt and a link to the original article so that our supporters can read about some of the work I’ve been up to outside of my regular projects with The Goodis Center. In addition to working on public benefits issues with HPRP this summer, I have also been involved in coordinating law student volunteers to assist with intakes for their expungement program in Silver Spring, MD.