Thanks to the generous support of OLSPIF donors, I spent the summer interning with the Anchorage Conflict Counsel (ACC) and its committed, passionate, and experienced criminal defense attorneys. As an intern, I gained insight into the challenges and triumphs of attorneys who have dedicated their legal careers to protecting the rights of indigent clients, and I solidified my commitment to working as a public defender upon graduation.
Over the summer, I sat second chair at two trials. I did the opening statement in the first trial and cross examined a police officer in the other. These were unparalleled learning experiences, and I am excited to continue developing my trial skills. I also met with defendants at the Anchorage jail, handled pre-indictment hearings, dispositions, and pre-trial conferences. These real-world experiences enhanced my understanding of what a defense attorney does on a daily basis. When I was not in the courtroom, I researched legal issues in areas of criminal law, briefed attorneys on cases and wrote legal memoranda and motions.
With one year of law school remaining, my commitment to public interest work has never been stronger. I am grateful to begin a meaningful career. My summer internship was truly exceptional, and it would not have been possible without OLSPIF's support.