KHLF Awards Honor 10 King Hall Students
The King Hall Legal Foundation (KHLF) has awarded Summer Public Interest Grants to 10 UC Davis School of Law students, providing funding that will enable them to work in positions that would otherwise be unpaid in order to serve underrepresented and disenfranchised populations throughout California, the United States, and the world. The KHLF grants were made possible through the efforts KHLF volunteers, who raised more than $45,000 for the awards.
The students receiving this year's grants are Kara Abelson '11 , Krista Della-Piana '12, Anders Nelson '11, James Beck '12, Roya Ladan '12, Joanna Cuevas Ingram '12, Rachel Ray '11, Jihan Kahssay '12, Caitlin Barth '12, and Lauren Roberts '12.
Projects supported by the grants represent a diverse spectrum of legal interests, including:
- Ingram will work with the Center for HIV Law and Policy in New York City to develop programming and web-based legal resources for HIV-positive women, LGBT youth, and communities of color.
- Abelson will provide direct services to at-risk youth while working at Legal Services for Children in San Francisco, representing juveniles in court and performing vital client intake duties in an effort to reach youth before they enter the juvenile justice system.
- Roberts will travel to Cairo, Egypt to work with the St. Andrews Refugee Service in the Refugee Legal Aid Project. Her work will focus on providing legal resources to refugees, primarily from Iraq, who have resettled in Egypt. She will also interact with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to evaluate eligibility for permanent resettlement in the United States.
- Kahssay, who received KHLF's Hogan Award, presented to the student with the most innovative and promising grant proposal, will work with Legal Services of Northern California in Sacramento to establish a clinic for non-citizen survivors of domestic violence who seek protection under the Violence Against Women Act and immigration law. The award is named in honor of Professor Emeritus James Hogan, a long-time KHLF supporter and benefactor.
The King Hall Legal Foundation is a student-run 501(c) (3) non-profit organization based at UC Davis School of Law. Founded in 1978, KHLF seeks to encourage, enable, and empower UC Davis Law students to pursue careers in the public interest. Hundreds of King Hall Legal Foundation members generously volunteer their time in support of their classmates at fundraising events which include the Annual Spring Auction and the Steve Boutin Invitational Golf Tournament.