Jasmine Greenfield Selected as Rural Summer Legal Corps Student Fellow
3L Jasmine Greenfield has been named one of 30 Rural Summer Legal Corps Student Fellows. A joint program of Equal Justice Works (EJW) and Legal Services Corporation, the Legal Corps provides direct services to underserved rural communities across the United States and its territories. EJW selects the Student Fellows and LSC funds the Legal Corps program and the 26 host sites.
Student Fellows spend eight to 10 summer weeks gaining hands-on experience in providing legal services, engaging in community outreach and education, and building capacity at their host organizations. Legal skills developed through the program include interviewing clients and witnesses, advocating, and legal research and writing. Fellows also develop and distribute fact sheets and training on legal topics and they help organize focus groups and planning committees.
During her fellowship, Greenfield will provide housing representation to low-income clients in rural areas of New York. She will work on eviction defenses, warranty of habitability cases, and administrative advocacy to secure housing-related public benefits, including ongoing emergency cash assistance and eligibility for US Department of Housing and Urban Development subsidies.
According to EJW, rural communities face a shortage of talented lawyers. Data compiled in 2013 showed that only 2% of law practices in the country are in small towns and rural communities, even though these areas are home to nearly 20% of the population.