UST Interprofessional Center for Counseling & Legal Services Announces the Legal Services Clinic Fellow for Spring 2009
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 newest Legal Services Clinic Fellow
Ms. Brenes (Class of 2008, December 2008 graduate) was chosen from an outstanding field of fourteen applicants from UST Law students anticipating graduation in the spring as well as past UST Law graduates now practicing law in the community. "We were once again blessed with the enviable challenge of selecting from an excellent pool of well qualified candidates so clearly committed to the Center’s mission of providing services based on the principles of social justice and Catholic social teaching." said Virgil Wiebe, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center. Professor Wiebe added that “among Ms. Brenes’ many qualifications which impressed the selection committee included 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.
The fellowship is designed for recent graduates of the University of St. Thomas School of Law who have shown a demonstrated commitment to public service and social justice. Appointments are for one year, with the expectation that appointments will be renewed for up to three years.
The University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services houses three programs: Legal Services, Social Work Services, and Psychological Services. The Center is a collaborative effort between the University of St. Thomas Schools of Law, Social Work, and Graduate Professional Psychology. The Legal Services Clinic provides legal representation to working poor and low-income clients in three practice areas; community justice, elder law, immigration law
Fellows have an opportunity to gain significant legal practice experience, develop ties to other public interest lawyers and organizations, and assist in the supervision of law students. Ms. Brenes will work closely with the Immigration Law Practice Group, under the leadership of Professor Virgil Wiebe. Ms. Brenes will also have the opportunity to work with faculty and students in both the Community Justice Project and Elder Law Practice group. She will also collaborate with staff and students in the Social Work Services and Psychological Services components of the Center
It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Ms. Brenes to the Interprofessional Center effective July 1, 2009