For Immediate Release:  Dec 17, 2007
2007, 12, 17

HOFSTRA LAW STUDENT AWARDED FELLOWSHIP TO ADVOCATE FOR NEEDS OF FOSTER CHILDREN

HOFSTRA LAW STUDENT AWARDED FELLOWSHIP TO ADVOCATE FOR NEEDS OF FOSTER CHILDREN

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Laura Daly, a third-year student at Hofstra Law School, has been awarded an Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellowship to advocate for the educational needs of children living in foster care in New York City.

The fellowship will enable Ms. Daly, of Mount Kisco, New York, to join the staff of the NYC nonprofit group Lawyers for Children (LFC) starting next fall. Hofstra Law School Interim Dean Nora V. Demleitner said, “We are delighted that Equal Justice Works has recognized Laura’s talent and dedication to public service law.

 Her experience here at Hofstra Law as a Child and Family Advocacy Fellow helped make her an ideal candidate for the prestigious EJW fellowship. Our Child and Family Advocacy Fellowship Program is designed to train and develop the next generation of leaders in the specialized field of family law and is one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in the country.”

At Lawyers for Children, Laura will represent children in foster care and be responsible for developing and implementing methods to resolve the numerous educational problems faced by children living in care.  Lawyers for Children offers free legal and social work services to children voluntarily placed in foster care, as well as those who are abused and neglected and involved in “high-conflict” custody cases.  The group has represented approximately 45,000 children since its founding in 1984 and is one of the leading professional nonprofit agencies of its kind.

Ms. Daly is currently the Managing Editor of Hofstra Law’s Family Court Review.  Last summer, she worked as a law intern at Lawyers for Children.  Following that experience, she worked with the agency to design a law fellowship proposal to assist children in foster care.  She is a 2004 graduate of Loyola College in Maryland where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Sociology with a Concentration in Service Leadership.   In addition to her Child and Family Advocacy Fellowship, Laura served as Co-President of the Public Justice Foundation during the 2006-2007 school year and participated in the Courtroom Advocates Project for domestic violence victims.  During 2006-2007, she also interned in the Nassau County Family Court and the Matrimonial Part of Nassau County Supreme Court. 

Ms. Daly’s Fellowship sponsor is the Morrison & Foerster Foundation, an organization tied to the international law firm, which places a strong emphasis on pro bono work for children's issues.

The two-year Equal Justice Works Fellowships program was launched in 1992 to address the shortage of attorneys working on behalf of traditionally under-served populations and causes in the United States and its territories.  It offers salary and loan repayment assistance; a national training and leadership development program; and other forms of support during the term of the Fellowship. 

Equal Justice Works was founded in 1986 by law students dedicated to working for equal justice on behalf of underserved communities and causes. The organization creates summer and postgraduate public interest opportunities for law students and lawyers, and advocates for more public interest programming at law schools.

Hofstra Law School was founded in 1970 and is accredited by the ABA, boasting an alumni body of approximately 8,000 graduates. The school is located on campus at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. In addition to its full-time juris doctor (J.D.) degree program, Hofstra Law School offers part-time day and evening J.D. programs as well as graduate degree programs, including an LL.M. Program in American Legal Studies (for foreign law graduates), an LL.M. Program in International Law (for foreign or U.S. law graduates), and a new LL.M. Program in Family Law.

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