William & Mary Law School is proud to announce that four students have been selected for competitive grants from the Equal Justice Works 2011 Summer Corps Program. Claire de Jong ‘12, Andrew Hass ‘12, Michelle Hopkins ‘12, and Meredith McCoy ’12 were selected for the awards from an applicant pool of nearly 1,900 students from 163 different law schools.
The grants represent a great achievement, noted Rob Kaplan, Associate Dean for Career Services and Public Service Initiatives. “By these awards, Equal Justice Works has recognized what all of us at the Law School know – our students personify the citizen-lawyer. These four honorees will make a meaningful difference to their clients, their communities, and the legal profession.”
Participants in the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program provide legal assistance to low-income and underserved communities nationwide. Ms. de Jong will spend her summer in the Family Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston. Mr. Hass will work for Farmworker Legal Services of Michigan in Kalamazoo. Ms. Hopkins will assist the Capital Defender’s Office in Arlington, VA. Ms. McCoy will work for the Brennan Center for Justice in New York City. Each of the students will receive an AmeriCorps education award of more than $1,100 upon completion of their service at the nonprofit organizations.