Lauren LeSueur, a rising 2L at the University of Maine School of Law, is working at Montana Legal Services Association (MSLA) in Helena, Montana this summer as part of the Rural Summer Legal Corps Program. This program connects public interest law students with civil legal aid organizations to address pressing legal issues facing rural communities. It is organized by Equal Justice Works and Legal Services Corporation.
Lauren, who is a Montana native, joins 29 other public interest law students who will spend the summer working on legal issues facing rural communities in the areas of housing, domestic violence, public benefits, migrant farmworkers, Native American, and family law. Specifically, Lauren will assist directly with case work and provide telephonic legal advice for MSLA’s rural clients. She will also research case-specific legal issues and draft petitions, motions, and other court documents for rural clients, mainly in the areas of housing and family law.
Lauren recently traveled to Martinsburg, West Virginia with the other students in the program (pictured above) to gain firsthand experience and to learn about the unique challenges and benefits of working with legal clients in a rural setting.