Thanks to the support of Proskauer Rose LLP, Rutgers School of Law–Newark students Sarah Hunt and Denise Meyer have the opportunity this summer to give back to the community and to gain valuable legal experience.
As 2014 Proskauer Rose Fellows, Hunt, a member of the Class of 2015, and Meyer, an evening student who will complete her JD studies in December 2014, are interning at Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), a comprehensive pro bono program that is located in Newark, New Jersey.
Proskauer, a global law firm with an office in Newark, in 2008 created a public interest fellowship program for Rutgers–Newark Law students, extending its long-time support for public service programs in Essex County. The Proskauer initiative complements the Rutgers Public Interest Law Foundation summer grant program, which provides students with a stipend for participating in unpaid public service employment.
Proskauer Fellows are chosen on the basis of their academic performance and commitment to public service. Hunt, who is a graduate of Bates College, is a managing notes editor of the Rutgers Law Review and a Marsha Wenk Fellow in Public Interest Law. As a law student, she has been a judicial intern to the Honorable Esther Salas, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and a legal intern with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. Meyer received her BA in political science from Rutgers University–Newark. She has worked since 2005 in the Financial Institutions Group of Evercore Partners.
VLJ serves low-income clients with a variety of legal issues, including consumer law, bankruptcy, family law, criminal record expungement, driver’s license restoration, education law, estate planning issues, will contests, disaster legal response issues, and issues impacting veterans.