2019 Rural Summer Legal Corps Fellows

Two Maine Law students selected for Rural Summer Legal Corps Program

Sara Carson Harvey and Devin Sorkin, rising 3Ls at the University of Maine Law School, have been selected for the Rural Summer Legal Corps Program (RSLC). Sara will spend her fellowship at Pine Tree Legal Assistance and Devin will serve at the Legal Aid of Wyoming.

Each summer, Equal Justice Works partners with Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to support 30 dedicated law students who want to serve rural and isolated communities across the United States and its territories. Student Fellows spend eight to ten weeks during the summer conducting outreach, exploring innovative ways to meet with clients living in remote areas, and building capacity at the organizations where they serve.

Sara and Devin join other public interest law students in addressing pressing legal issues facing rural communities in the areas of housing, domestic violence, public benefits, migrant farmworkers, Native American, and family law. Specifically, Sara will work with a staff attorney on substantive legal work and community outreach regarding housing, consumer law, family law, and advocating for public benefits. Devin will collaborate with the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapho tribal councils to expand legal support and services on Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation.

In late May, the RSLC Fellows traveled to Washington D.C. for a three-day training on public interest law and the unique challenges and benefits of working with legal clients in a rural setting (group picture above). From there, they went to their respective host organizations.