St. Thomas University School of Law rising 2L, Mirela Ella Russell, has been selected for the prestigious 2020 Rural Summer Legal Corps Fellowship by Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, and the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the nation’s single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans.
Selected from 446 applications, Ella is one of the 35 students from 30 law schools who will serve in the 2020 class of Rural Summer Legal Corps.
Each summer, Equal Justice Works partners with Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to support law students who want to give back to rural communities across the United and its territories. Program participants, called Student Fellows spend eight to ten weeks during the summer exploring a career in civil legal aid, by providing direct legal services and building capacity at the organizations where they serve. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Student Fellows will work remotely this year to support the efforts of their host organization.
Ella will be hosted by Legal Services of Greater Miami, where she will spend the summer supporting the organization’s Mobile Home Park Advocacy Project which serves mobile home park residents in rural South Dade Florida and Monroe County. “Through the Rural Summer Legal Corps, Ella will have the opportunity to explore a career in public interest law, while helping her organization Legal Services of Greater Miami address the affordable housing crisis in rural South Florida,” said Aoife Delargy Lowe, director of law school engagement & advocacy at Equal Justice Works. “We are grateful to STU Law for supporting her passion for public service.”
Learn more about the 2020 Rural Summer Legal Corps Fellowship.