Elizabeth Kristen Selected as 2012 Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard
Elizabeth Kristen, Director of Legal Aid’s Gender Equity & LGBT Rights Program, has been selected as a 2012 Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow. As a Wasserstein Fellow, Elizabeth will spend two days in residence at Harvard Law School meeting with and mentoring Harvard law students who are considering a career in public interest law.
A Legal Services Corporation report “Documenting the Justice Gap in America: The Current Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income Americans,” demonstrated that public interest lawyers are desperately needed to serve the critical civil legal needs of poor Americans. As of the date of the report, there were less than 7,000 legal services lawyers nationwide. On a per capita basis, those numbers translate into 1 legal aid lawyer to serve 6,861 low-income people.
Ms. Kristen applauds Harvard Law School for its innovative Fellowship program and hopes that her service as a Fellow will encourage more students to choose a public interest career stating “I am thrilled about this exciting opportunity to help mentor another generation of public interest attorneys.”
The Public Interest Fellows Program was created at Harvard Law School in 1990 in honor of Morris Wasserstein through a generous gift from his family.