Welcome to our NHLA 2022 Summer InternsPosted Jun 03, 2022
NH Legal Assistance welcomed our summer legal interns this week. They are going to spend the next three months working closely with NHLA advocates in and out of the courtroom. We sat down with each of them so they could share a little bit about themselves and why they are excited to be immersing themselves in civil legal aid.
Tayla George is NHLA’s Mitch-Simon Fellowship out of the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law who will be interning in the Manchester office. She is a rising 3L at the top of her class with prior experience at Catholic Charities’ immigrant legal services office.
“The goals of NHLA align with my reasons for attending law school in general,” she said. “I look forward to continuing the work I’ve done with immigrants and domestic violence survivors.”
With great grandparents from Syria and Lebanon, Tayla is familiar with the struggles refugees coming to the United States face. She sees her internship and future career in law as an opportunity to protect the legal rights of former, current, and future immigrants.
“If my ancestors couldn’t immigrate to the U.S., I couldn’t be in this position to help others,” she said.
Brianna Hankel is also a rising 3L student at UNH Law. She first found out about NHLA by volunteering at eviction clinics last fall.
“After learning about NHLA at the eviction clinics, I wanted to know more,” she said. “While I’m here, it will be great to learn more about legal aid from people who are just as passionate as I am about helping others.”
Brianna’s main interest is in medical-legal partnerships.
“It’s all related,” she said. “You can’t maintain your physical health if you don’t have housing. I’m definitely excited to learn more about NHLA’s medical legal partnerships with Dartmouth Health and Amoskeag Health.”
Brianna will be working remotely and in-person from NHLA’s Concord office.
George Ward is a rising 2L at Boston College who will be working with NHLA’s Portsmouth branch office. A Massachusetts native, George looked around the region for internship opportunities in the legal field.
“NHLA instantly stood out as one of the few organizations doing policy work,” he said. “I’m excited to learn more about the policy advocacy process.”
NHLA’s advocacy focuses on policies and budgets that affect low-income individuals and families, people with disabilities, children, domestic violence survivors. Staff also monitor legislation impacting people’s basic needs such as housing, health care, food stamps and unemployment benefits, and energy/utilities.
“I also hope to get involved in direct legal services, particularly housing law and youth project work.”
NHLA is a statewide nonprofit law firm representing low-income and elderly New Hampshire residents who cannot afford a lawyer. Through advice, referrals, direct representation and systemic advocacy, NHLA works to improve the lives of low-income and other vulnerable New Hampshire residents by providing access to justice. NHLA maintains offices in Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Manchester and Portsmouth.