The 2018 Rural Summer Legal Corps—a program that connects public-interest law students with various legal aid organizations—launched on May 30 with a training day in Washington, D.C., hosted by Equal Justice Works and the Legal Services Corporation. Among the participants is Caitlyn McDaniel, a rising 2L at the University of Baltimore School of Law, who will serve this summer at the Ohio State Legal Services Association.
According to Claire Cusella, program manager for Law School Engagement & Advocacy, McDaniel joins 29 other public interest law students in addressing pressing legal issues facing rural communities in the areas of housing, domestic violence, public benefits, migrant farmworkers, tribal, and family law. Specifically, she is providing support to the Court Costs Group during her summer Fellowship, which addresses the issue of access in rural courts to record sealing and obtaining certificates of qualified employment.
McDaniel is providing outreach and education surrounding the value of obtaining certificates of qualified employment, and conducting valuable research around court access.
Equal Justice Works accepts applications for the Rural Summer Legal Corps each February for service beginning in late May. All students serve 8-10 weeks, participate in an intensive training from poverty law experts in Washington and receive a stipend of $5,000.