1L Matthew Yanez Chosen for Prestigious AAPD Summer Internship
First-year law student Matthew Yanez, recipient of a Dean's Scholarship and a JK Wonderland Scholarship, has been chosen to be an American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) summer intern.
"This is a prestigious summer internship that receives hundreds of applications each year from undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities from all academic fields within the US," explains Professor Arlene Kanter, Director of the Director of the Disability Law and Policy Program. "Only a fraction of those students are selected each year."
AAPD Summer Interns work in congressional offices, federal agencies, and disability organizations. "However, the benefits of the Fellowship continue beyond the summer, as some of the most accomplished leaders in the disability field in the US are former AAPD interns," says Kanter. "It was my pleasure to recommend Matthew, who joins other DLPP alumni who have interned at AAPD, including most recently Lauren Galloway L’19, a 2017 AAPD Summer Intern."
Yanez is a young disability advocate who is determined to create an inclusive and equitable world for all. Before law school, he worked with several non-profit groups, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the National Association of the Deaf, and Arc of the United States.
In addition to his J.D., Yanez hopes to pursue a joint master of public affairs degree at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Policy. In an interview in the College of Law alumni magazine, Yanez said he hopes his degrees will give him the tools he needs to help dismantle and eradicate injustices that people of color, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations face.