Not many people can look at their work and proudly say that their work is their life calling, that this is their hobby and destiny. But working as a law clerk at the Sikh Coalition, I can now proudly say that “my work was my play.” As a Clerk, I was able to work closely with the legal team to take intakes of individuals who have been discriminated against due to their religious articles of faith. I researched complicated and ambiguous legal issues, drafted advocacy letters, wrote memos, briefs, interacted with clients, court officials and even attended an anti-hate Crime rally where I was able to speak alongside Attorney's on the effects of bigotry and discrimination on our communities. Through this I was able to give back to my community and make the world a better place. I could not have done this without the Voice for Justice Fellowship, which provided me with the opportunity to sharpen my legal skills and be financially secure in the process.
The Voice for Justice Fellowship gave me the opportunity to work directly with low income individuals facing issues with their housing. I was able to assist homeowners avoid mortgage foreclosure and help tenants file discrimination claims against landlords who violated civil rights laws. I am so grateful for the opportunity to give my clients access to the legal system and empower them to fight their case in the courts.
The Voice for Justice Fellowship allowed me to spend my summer researching legal issues of concern to people in my community. Working as a fellow at Community Legal Resources, a Detroit based non-profit organization; I worked side-by-side with other Michigan law students, attorneys from several firms, and members of the non-profit sector. This opportunity enhanced my legal skills and knowledge base on several legal areas while serving the needs of my community.
The Voice for Justice Fellowship allowed me to work for the Innocence Project in Tallahassee, Florida. The Project was fundamental to my growth. I learned about innocence issues, including false confessions, eyewitness identification reform, and exoneree compensation. I was given the opportunity to write a motion for postconviction DNA testing for a client wishing to prove his innocence. I will take these experiences, and acquaintances I have made forward in my legal career. It was opportunity of a lifetime.