New Hampshire Legal Assistance

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Welcome, 2018 summer interns!

Posted Jun 07, 2018

New Hampshire Legal Assistance recently welcomed four new interns for the summer, who are assigned to different NHLA offices around the state, and will have the opportunity to attend court with our advocates, help with research and assist clients. This year our four interns all have one thing in common: they all have work experience before they went to law school. We interviewed each student to find out why they chose NHLA.

 

NHLA's 2018 summer interns, from left: Katie McDonough, Alli Langley, Zac Higham and Michael Haley

Zac Higham attends Penn State Law. A Manchester native, Zac went to college in Edinburgh, studying archaeology. He spent part of the summer after graduation working as a bartender, and spent part of last summer teaching an introductory course about the United States’ legal system to students at the National University of Mongolia in Ulaan Bator. Zac will be working out of our Portsmouth office.

 

“Why am I at NHLA? For one, everyone I talked to about NHLA said it was a great place to do an internship because NHLA actually gives you meaningful work to do, instead of just fetching coffee. The second reason is NHLA's advocacy work. It is amazing that NHLA has developed a strong presence in the state’s legislative and rule-making arenas, where we can really enact systemic change.”

 

Allison Langley attends Columbia University School of Law; she grew up in Hollis, NH and will be working with NHLA’s the North Country office. Working at a housing authority agency in western Massachusetts after her undergraduate years, she saw first-hand how complicated it is for low-income people living in rural areas to access some parts of the social safety net.

 

“There are unique challenges in rural areas. There is an assumption that people have access to things like public transportation and rental housing, this infrastructure largely does not exist in rural areas.”

 

Katherine McDonough attends the University of New Hampshire School of Law; she grew up in Maine but we aren’t holding that against her. While working at a non-profit in Colorado, Katie was inspired by a legal aid attorney who explained how legal aid can create systemic change for people in need. Katie will be working out of our Manchester office.

 

“I am looking forward to focusing on domestic violence cases. After interning at the Pro Bono Program of the NH Bar Association last summer, I have some experience creating protective orders and I want to learn more.”

 

Peterborough native Michael Haley attends Harvard Law School. Michael spent 10 years living in Japan, teaching English as a second language, coordinating a study abroad and exchange program, and working as a freelance translator. He recently felt a call to return to the United States, to pursue a law degree and use that education to help LGBTQ+ communities. Michael, who interned with NHLA’s friends at the ACLU of NH last summer, will be working out of the Concord office.

 

“I always had it in my head that I wanted to do law or education. I proceeded down the education path for ten years, but there came a point where I had to decide if I wanted to stay in Japan for the rest of my life, or move back home and pursue a law degree.”

 

NHLA is a state-wide non-profit law firm representing low-income and elderly New Hampshire residents who cannot afford a lawyer. NHLA maintains offices in Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Manchester and Portsmouth. For more information about New Hampshire Legal Assistance, please contact Communications Manager Sarah Palermo at 603-369-6650 or spalermo@nhla.org