Support Public Justice Fellowships
Public Justice Foundation (PJF)
Hofstra Law’s Public Justice Foundation helps to ensure that quality legal services are provided to those who would otherwise be marginalized or forgotten in justice system.
This is achieved through Public Interest Law Fellowships, which are awarded to students who devote their summers to working in an area of public interest law, such as Legal Aid, the district attorney’s office, Child Services, the Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations, among others.
Fellowship recipients have worked at some of the following places: Nassau/Suffolk Law Services, District Attorney’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, New York State Division of Human Rights, New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, South Brooklyn Legal Services, New York Legal Assistance Group, Legal Assistance Corp. of Massachusetts (Family and Child Department), Domestic Violence Coalition, Public Defenders Office and many, many more.
Elida Alfaro '18, Mental Hygiene Legal Service (MHLS), Second Judicial Department MHLS is a New York State agency responsible for representing, advocating and litigating on behalf of individuals receiving services for a mental disability. Thanks to the generous contributions of PJF I spent my summer shadowing experienced attorneys, attending court proceedings, meeting with clients, and completing court evaluator reports. My overall experience solidified my passion for courtroom advocacy and contributed positively to my legal education.
Allison Stapleton '18, Nassau County District Attorney's Office, County Court Trial Bureau With the generous funding that I received from PJF, I was able to spend my summer working full time at the Nassau County District Attorney's Office. During my internship in the County Court Trial Bureau, I was able to witness various court proceedings and help with the preparation of hearings and trials in the Nassau County Court. Specifically, I conducted research and drafted memoranda pertaining to legal issues involving different felony cases. This opportunity was incredibly helpful in affirming my passion for this type of work, and this experience helped me to obtain a position as an Assistant District Attorney after graduation.
Support summer fellowships for students pursuing non-paid internships in government and nonprofit agencies.