I was a member of the 2019 D.C. Summer cohort, working at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law's Fair Housing & Community Development Team. I came to law school because I wanted to do civil rights work after spending a number of years as a policy researcher in Chicago. I knew I wanted to spend my first summer at a public interest organization doing impact litigation, and the D.C. Program allowed me to do just that. Spending my first summer at LCCRUL made a huge impact on my career path. I found my 2L summer job at the Office of the Solicitor General for the District of Columbia because of the networking opportunities I had that summer. Moreover, it set me on a path to work in public interest organizations across the country. LCCRUL let me spend my first summer advancing civil liberties through impact litigation, and it helped me land jobs at the Urban Justice Center, Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights, and more afterward. I'll always appreciate the jump-start to my career I got because of the D.C. Program.
Funding scholarships like these will make an enormous impact for D.C. students. Right now, many students from less represented identities (e.g., low-income, queer / gender nonconforming students, etc.) cannot afford to do the program out-of-pocket or by taking on more loans. The funding you put into the program can save students a load of debt that would make it difficult to take on unpaid or underpaid positions. You help them get a seat at the table, whether in government agencies, nonprofits, or otherwise. And, if they have a seat at the table, their crucial but often unseen perspectives will make for more humane, more diverse and inclusive policy down the road.
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Moritz Class of 2021