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Cherina Clark Selected as 2014 National NAACP Law Fellow

Cherina Clark, Hyde Park resident, 1st year Suffolk University Law School student and active volunteer for Boston's NAACP has been offered a position in the 2014 National NAACP's Law Fellows Program.  The NAACP Law Fellows Program, funded through the Kellogg's Corporate Citizenship Fund, is designed to give students who have completed at least one year of law school the opportunity to work for the summer at NAACP Headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.  Congratulations to Cherina Clark and to the Boston NAACP.



Cherina ClarkOver the past two years, Cherina Clark volunteered for the Boston NAACP and developed a passion for civil rights law through her work on discrimination complaints and voter engagement activities.  She has now been offered a position in the 2014 National NAACP's Law Fellows Program.

"I am excited and anxious to have the opportunity to work on some of the most critical legal issues of our time, including protecting our right to vote," said Cherina. "My work with the Boston NAACP has exposed me to the urgency for new and aspiring lawyers, like me, to lend our training and talents to the unfinished business of the civil rights movement."

Ms. Clark who lives in Hyde Park and is a first year law student at Suffolk University Law School.  She is a graduate (magna cum laude) of Hampton University and active in the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

In the summer of 2013, Cherina served as a legal intern in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Minority Staff in Washington D. C., and currently serves as a production specialist at Eaton Vance Investment Management in Boston, where she supports attorneys and paralegals in a variety of legal tasks.


NAACP Offers Opportunities

Throughout its 105 year history, the NAACP has offered attorneys the opportunity to make significant, historic contributions to the field of civil rights law. Past NAACP attorneys include,
  • Charles Hamilton Houston
  • Thurgood Marshal
  • Constance Baker-Motely
  • Robert Carter
  • Nathaniel Jones
In this tradition, the NAACP seeks to inspire attorneys to enter the field of civil rights law and to provide broad exposure to various strategies utilized by grass roots civil rights organizations.


NAACP Law Fellows Program

The NAACP Law Fellows Program, funded through the Kellogg's Corporate Citizenship Fund, is designed to give students who have completed at least one year of law school the opportunity to work for the summer at NAACP Headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. This year, the NAACP Law Fellow Program celebrates its 12th Anniversary. Over the summer, these future attorneys will be charged with performing the following duties:
 
  • Work with civil rights attorneys on relevant issues concerning economic justice, education, housing, voting rights and environmental justice;
  • Perform case investigation and assist with emerging litigation and administrative complaints;
  • Attend the NAACP National Convention and Continuing Legal Education Seminar in Las Vegas, Nevada;
  • Examine and evaluate citizen complaints of civil rights violations; and
  • Interact with civil rights leaders and attorneys.

Fellows are awarded a stipend of $6,000 to offset living and travel expenses while participating in the program, and are responsible for securing their own housing. "Ms. Clark is about to gain one of the most enriching legal experiences of her young career," said Michael A. Curry, President of the Boston NAACP. "And the National NAACP's Legal Department has gained a hardworking, socially conscious, focused and promising young woman."

"The Law Fellow Program continues to provide law students with first-hand exposure to every aspect of civil rights advocacy and many facets of the legal profession," says NAACP General Counsel Kim M. Keenan. "Through working with the Legal Department and networking with lawyers in many different legal arenas, our summer experience is an excellent opportunity for law students to see the multiple roles lawyers play in shaping American society."


About the NAACP 

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. The Boston Branch was the first chartered branch, established in 1911.

For additional information, contact:
Evelyn Norman, Boston NAACP
617-427-9494
evelyn@bostonnaacp.org

Posted: April 14, 2014     Nancy J Conrad


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