The Foundation has committed to annual stipends to Harvard Law School students wishing to work in the Not-For-Profit/Public Service Sector in NYC. Each year we provide summer stipends to select students spending their summers working for the NYC chapters of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Racial Justice Program/Voting Rights Initiative, as well as organizations addressing Poverty Law and Environmental issues. Each student who receives the stipend is designated a Foundation Fellow and provides the Foundation with a summary of his/her experience at the summer’s conclusion. These stipends have proven to be essential to allow students to choose working in one of these fields rather than in the private sector, inuring to the benefit of our city. We look forward to expanding this program in future years with increased support.
Foundation Summer Fellows 2022
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
This summer, with the support of the Harvard Club of New York, I completed a summer legal internship in the New York office of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). I was assigned to NRDC’s Safe Water Initiative and spent most of my time conducting legal research on the implementation of lead service line replacement programs, particularly salient due to the influx of funding for LSL replacement from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. I worked on a team of NRDC attorneys across the country working to reduce lead in drinking water, and focused on potential statutory and regulatory fixes to help reduce lead exposure for young children in New York City and New York State. I also was able to devote some time to pursuing a personal interest of mine, food system policy; I supported NRDC’s New York Regional team as they began to develop their advocacy strategy around procurement policies in New York State and New York City.
I am working at the Bronx Defenders’ Criminal Defense Practice this summer. Alongside a holistic team of attorneys, social workers, and non-legal advocates, I help represent Bronx residents in criminal proceedings. Nearly 30% of all Bronx residents live under the poverty line, making BxD’s holistic approach crucial to the success of any formal legal representation. My contributions range from representing clients at arraignments to writing mitigation reports on the inefficacy of incarcerating clients with cognitive difficulties.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s New York office
I am a 3L at Harvard Law School, and I hope to pursue a career in civil rights litigation. This summer, I received the HCNY NAACP Legal Defense Fund Fellowship for a 10-week internship at LDF in New York City. I worked on litigation concerning economic justice, voting rights, and school desegregation, in service of LDF’s mission of advancing racial justice.
Mobilization for Justice in NYC
Janna Adelstein is a rising 2L at Harvard Law School. For the Summer of 2022, she received the Harvard Club of New York Foundation Child Advocacy Fellowship in support of her internship at Mobilization for Justice (MFJ). Adelstein worked in the Warren J. Sinseheimer Fellowship at MFJ, where she provided legal representation and advice to low-income parents of students with disabilities seeking appropriate special education services and school placements from the New York City Department of Education. She is doing a split summer with the Office of Chair Charlotte Burrows of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she is continuing to work on civil rights issues, including disability rights, gender equity, and racial justice.
New York Civil Liberties Union
As a Legal Intern at the New York Civil Liberties Union, Catherine conducted legal research and drafted memoranda to support litigation and legislative priorities on a wide range of civil rights and civil liberties issues, including voting rights as well as immigrants’ rights and LGBTQ+ rights. Her voting rights work involved researching arguments in support of non-citizen voting in New York City municipal elections; to do so, she investigated constitutional, historical, and comparative arguments about noncitizen voting in the United States and reviewed state constitutions and ongoing state litigation. She also assisted in investigating a claim of voter suppression in New York’s most recent primary elections.
Foundation Summer Scholars 2021
Mary Brown JD '22
NAACP Legal Defense Fund, NY
“This summer, I am a litigation intern with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. My work has been focused on racial and economic justice issues, and I plan to also contribute to voting rights work later in the summer. It has been a wonderful experience to work on civil rights litigation and to learn from some of the most talented civil rights lawyers in the country at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.”
Austin Nielsen-Reagan JD '22
“This summer I am working as an intern for the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) team at Brooklyn Defender Services. The first program of its kind nationwide, NYIFUP provides universal representation to people facing immigration removal proceedings in New York, drastically increasing their chances of obtaining relief. Because removal proceedings often relate to criminal records, my work centers around advocating for people experiencing the intersectional harms of the racist and classist U.S. criminal and immigration legal systems.”
Cristina Urquidi JD '23
Legal Aid Society; Juvenile Rights Practice
“I will be interning with the Juvenile Rights Practice Group at the Legal Aid Society office in Brooklyn. I will be representing children in abuse and neglect cases and in delinquency proceedings in family court.”
Linda Xu JD '23
“I am interning with Just Atonement Inc., a legal nonprofit with a particular focus on human rights within the context of climate change and sustainability. I am working on legal memos and pleadings related to domestic climate litigation, as well as a submission to the UN assessing international human rights issues as impacted by the climate crisis and by challenges to the rule of law.”