December 12, 2013 -- Two UCLA School of Law students, Marion Donovan-Kaloust ’14 and Theresa Zhen ’14, both members of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, have been awarded prestigious Skadden Fellowships to pursue post-graduate public interest projects.
Marion Donovan-Kaloust will work with the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project in Los Angeles, providing direct representation to undocumented, abused, abandoned or neglected children facing the juvenile justice system in the Inland Empire. Her work will also include community education, outreach and monitoring components.
Theresa Zhen, a member of the law school’s Critical Race Studies Program as well, will work with A New Way of Life Reentry Project, also in Los Angeles, on community education and policy advocacy efforts, as well as provide direct representation to those with past criminal records, in order to help remove barriers to reentry. The Critical Race Studies Program and A New Way of Life have successfully partnered to launch the law school’s student-coordinated Reentry Legal Clinic, in which students are trained to expunge misdemeanor and felony convictions and assist in enforcing anti-discrimination laws impacting previously incarcerated persons.
UCLA School of Law is ranked third, following only Harvard and Yale law schools, in terms of the number of students who secured 2014 Skadden Fellowships.