May 30, 2014 -- Two recent UCLA School of Law graduates, Erica Carroll ’14, a graduate of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, and Julia High ’14, have been awarded prestigious Equal Justice Works Fellowships to pursue post-graduate public interest projects.
Erica Carroll, a student in the joint J.D./M.S.W. degree program, will work with the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, providing comprehensive family law services and education to pregnant and parenting foster youth in order to enable them to retain custody of their children and break the intergenerational cycle of foster care. Carroll worked with the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps before coming to UCLA to pursue her graduate studies, and throughout her time at UCLA, she has been singularly devoted to working with children and adolescents. While here, she worked with The Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Children’s Law Center as a summer law clerk and with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and Occupational Therapy Training Program as an MSW student intern.
Julia High will work with Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, advocating for youth with mental health disabilities to ensure that they have access to necessary mental health services, education and support services. While at UCLA Law, High worked as an extern or law clerk with the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, a project of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, and the Lanterman Special Education Legal Clinic. She also volunteered with the Public Counsel’s Education Rights Clinic, served as a Board Member of the Education Law Society and was a law student monitor with the LAUSD Parent Engagement Monitoring Project.
Launched in 1992, the Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program is the largest postgraduate legal fellowship program in the country. Fellows work on two-year projects they designed with nonprofit organizations, targeting the most crucial needs of the communities they serve. The fellowships are privately funded by the generous support of law firms, corporations, foundations, and individual donors.