Judge Sandy Karlan has been a Circuit Court Judge since her appointment to the bench by Governor Lawton Chiles in 1995. She is currently the Administrative Judge of the Family Division and is also assigned to the Complex Litigation Division within the Unified Family Court. To honor Judge Karlan, a Law Student Fellowship has been established in her name at LSGMI where 70% of the households are headed by women and one third of household members are children. The Fellowship will provide the opportunity for a rising young law student to continue Judge Karlan’s Legacy as a Pioneer of Women and Children’s Rights and, at the same time, make it possible for LSGMI to help more vulnerable women and children resolve critical legal problems.

Talented and committed law students are indispensable to helping LSGMI fulfills its mission of Equal Justice. Excellent opportunities exist in all LSGMI Projects for law student fellows to build substantive expertise, strengthen practical legal skills, develop professional contacts, and provide vitally needed legal services to those who could not otherwise afford them.  Perhaps most importantly, a law student fellowship at LSGMI fosters a life-long commitment to public interest legal advocacy and pro bono service.

Law student fellows provide important assistance to LSGMI attorneys including interviewing clients and witnesses, drafting legal documents, discovery and briefs, and conducting research and investigations. Law student fellows have frequent opportunities to attend strategy sessions, hearings, mediations, depositions, and community events. These contributions by law student fellows enable LSGMI staff attorneys to engage in complex and systemic advocacy.

To apply for the one semester fellowship beginning in January 2015, please email the following by December 5: (a) resume and (b) cover letter indicating why you want to help women and children with critical legal problems.