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UST Interprofessional Center for Counseling & Legal Services Announces Legal Services Clinic Fellow for Fall 2009

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The Legal Services Clinic of the UST Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Sarah Solz Brenes as our Legal Services Clinic Fellow.

A quote that resonates with Sarah is “‘May every sunrise hold more promise, and every sunset hold more peace.’ In the Immigration Law Practice Group, we meet our clients during a very difficult part of their life journey. Many have escaped traumatic situations that we ask them to reconstruct on paper for their asylum applications. Remembering these events and worrying about the future can make it difficult for clients to find tranquility in the present and remain positive about the future. This blessing captures the essence of my hope for each of our clients—that they are able to find a little more promise and peace with each new day.” Sarah Solz Brenes reflects on her work as the Clinical Law Fellow in the Immigration Law Practice Group

Although Sarah is the newest addition to our Interprofessional Center (IPC) staff, she is familiar to us. Sarah spent a semester with the IPC as an Elder Law clinical student in spring 2007 and returned as a summer law clerk for both the Elder and Immigration Law Practice Group in 2007 and 2008. Sarah continues to make an impression on the IPC community

“In only a few months, Sarah has exceeded our high expectations of her. She’s a natural advocate, fusing together compassion, legal smarts, and an innate sense of what should be done. Sarah sees where we can improve as a training institution and makes concrete suggestions. ,” says Virgil Wiebe, associate professor of law and co-director of the IPC. He adds, “Among Ms. Brenes’ many qualifications which impressed the selection committee were her demonstrated commitment to public service and social justice work, prior experience in immigration law as a paralegal and intern, international experience and demonstrated potential as a teacher and supervisor of clinic students.

When asked about what drew Sarah to the IPC as the Immigration Clinical Law Fellow, she states “I saw it as a chance to blend my passion for immigration law with my persistent interest in teaching. The staff and faculty at the Interprofessional Center are exceptional at what they do. The IPC community is extremely family-friendly, something I learned when my son was warmly welcomed while I was enrolled in the clinic as a student. I feel fortunate to have been given the opportunity to serve low-income immigration clients, work with students, and receive exceptional support as I begin my own journey as a new attorney.

Sarah we feel fortunate to have you in the Interprofessional Center as well.

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