Summer 2017

New Grads Embark on Public Service Careers

New graduates Kelsey Craig, Heather Perez, and Rufus Urion are this year’s recipients of the Law School-funded Public Service Legal Fellowships, a program that places alumni in year-long, full-time public service positions.

Craig joins Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) in Nashville, a nonprofit that protects the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities. She will represent incarcerated clients, monitor facilities, conduct ADA compliance investigations, and collaborate with other nonprofits on policy efforts.

Perez’s destination is the Political Asylum/Representation (PAIR) Project in Boston, which provides free legal services to asylum-seekers and promotes the rights of detained immigrants. Perez will represent indigent detained clients in removal proceedings and conduct rights trainings in the state’s detention facilities.

Urion is working for the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Special Litigation Unit in the Cop Accountability Project (CAP) in New York. He will assist with data collection, data analysis, and internal system reporting of police misconduct for criminal and impact litigation, policy reform, and media advocacy.

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