Each year WUPILP provides financial assistance to allow students the opportunity to work in public service, defined as traditionally unpaid, non-profit, or government work, by way of public interest-focused fellowships. Our fellowships typically take place in the Summer semester and range from $3,000 for a part-time fellowship to $6,000 for a full-time fellowship.
The fellowships facilitate WUPILP's mission to educate law students on the inequities in the legal system and encourage future lawyers to dedicate their professional lives to the development of a more just society. The program is critically important because many law students face the economic realities of limited financial means and WUPILP serves as a way to even the playing field and allows more students interested in the public interest to gain the necessary experience to skillfully serve their clients before and after graduation.
Samantha is a rising 2L, currently working with the Unaccompanied Children program at Immigration Counseling Service. After a decade of fundraising for local and national nonprofits, she hopes to spend her career in law advocating for the human rights of the most vulnerable populations both here and internationally, and she is grateful to WUPILP for helping to make that a reality.
Because of WUPILP, Jessica is spending her second summer at the Public Defense Office in Marion County. Jessica wants to pursue public defense after graduating and hopes that the experiences WUPILP gave her will better prepare her for that career.
Jon began law school with the ultimate goal of promoting disability rights and advocacy after spending over a decade working in social work in Boise, ID. He was thrilled to receive a clerkship at Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) this summer and is absolutely loving it. Having the opportunity to clerk with DRO is giving Jon an idea of what this kind of work would look like in a professional capacity, and he hopes to continue down this path after graduating. He is enrolled in the joint MBA/JD program with the hopes of acquiring the tools to one day manage his own nonprofit organization that advocates for disability rights.
Dina Lovenstein is passionate about public interest law. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Darien, Panama from 2015-2017. In Summer 2020, Dina worked as a law clerk at Immigration Counseling Service. This summer, as a 2021 WUPILP fellow, Dina is helping low-income Oregonians with unemployment, SNAP, and other public benefit issues at Legal Aid Services of Oregon.