(L-R): Amy Smith,Campbell University Law School; Masha Kazakova, Indiana University Maurer School of Law; Charly Gilfoil, Georgetown Law; Garrett Eggen, Tulane University Law School; Jacquelyn Miner, William & Mary School of Law; Pelatiah Bickford; The Pepperdine University School of Law; and David Ballard, Notre Dame Law School.

Pisgah Legal Services welcomes seven new law clerks from law schools across the U.S. who will be working with us for 10 weeks this summer. These internships offer valuable hands-on learning opportunities for a select group of law school students and provide much-appreciated assistance for our attorneys and staff, allowing PLS to serve more clients than with staff alone.

The law students work on legal issues that range from unfair housing practices to domestic violence and securing benefits for people with serious disabilities. Some will have the opportunity to appear before area judges to argue their cases.

We hope this experience will inform and enhance these students’ knowledge of the law and give them greater appreciation of those who are in need of legal assistance but cannot afford it.

Kyle Mirabelli was a Pisgah Legal law clerk last summer. He said of the experience, “Throughout the summer I developed a greater appreciation for the many challenges facing impoverished communities. Working under the guidance of my supervising attorneys, I learned to hone in on the precise issues facings our clients, while still maintaining a holistic approach toward resolving legal problems. The opportunity to work with PLS clients has undoubtedly made me a better law student as well as a more informed citizen regarding the challenges that face many of our neighbors.”