Before Josh adopted Oregon as his second home, he studied government and sociology in his native State of Texas at The University of Texas in Austin. While at the University of Oregon School of Law, Josh spent the 2015 legislative session as an intern in Oregon State Senator Floyd Prozanski’s office and spent the following summer at the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office. Josh brings his passion for working to create a more just society together with his desire to work in government in his current position with the Oregon Attorney General’s Office.
During law school, Cassandra interned at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, the Public Defender’s Office of Lane County, and the Civil Liberties Defense Center. She has been with the Texas Civil Rights Project since graduation, where she is now a staff attorney in its Austin office. She litigates a variety of civil rights issues, defending voting rights, fighting institutional discrimination, and reforming systems of criminal justice.
Sherisa Davis-Larry is a staff attorney with Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) in Portland. At LASO, Sherisa provides free legal help to low-income individuals, enabling them to access quality representation and to seek justice. In addition to offering these critical services—which run the gamut from family law to domestic violence, employment, public benefits, and housing discrimination—Sherisa also performs community outreach on behalf of LASO, widening Legal Aid’s umbrella and engaging with all facets of people in Multnomah County and surrounding areas.
During his graduate studies in Argentina, Killian volunteered with a non-profit working to improve environmental law and protect citizens from human rights violations, which led him to apply to UO School of Law. During law school, Killian volunteered, externed, and interned with the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW), an international network of environmental and human rights lawyers. Killian now works for ELAW assisting lawyers around the world with research, writing, and strategizing for diverse environmental and human rights cases and law reform efforts.
Kiara works as a trial attorney with the Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office in Birmingham, Alabama. As an attorney with the Jefferson County Public Defender, Kiara provides legal representation to individuals charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses who cannot afford representation. Kiara endeavors to help transform the criminal justice system by building a movement of public defenders who provide equal justice for marginalized communities. She looks forward to continuing to improve the criminal justice system and being a part of a broader movement of transforming indigent defense.
Allison intended to attend graduate school and provide mental health services for indigent communities. Then she read a shocking statistic: the biggest providers of mental health services are jails and prisons. Allison decided to become a lawyer to help break the cycle of mental illness leading to incarceration. In her position with the Umpqua Valley Public Defender’s office, Allison works in the Douglas County Mental Health Court program. This alternative sentencing program provides services for people whose mental health issues have contributed to their criminal behavior. Allison says, “I feel fortunate to be the first attorney in this new program.”
Robin works for Cascadia Wildlands, a non-profit in Eugene, Oregon. She focuses on federal forest issues in the Umpqua basin, assisting in environmental litigation to protect some of Oregon's most vulnerable wild places. During law school, Robin participated in the Environmental Law Clinic and was a director of the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference and Land Air Water. She now is on the Board of Directors for Friends of Land Air Water, supporting current students as they develop the conference and serving as a conduit into the local environmental law community.
During law school Kyle worked for the Appeals Division of the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and as a Court Certified Law Clerk at the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Currently, Kyle is a Deputy District Attorney for the Crook County District Attorney’s Office. As a DDA, he handles a caseload of largely misdemeanor cases but also an increasing number of felony cases. Kyle is excited to gain further experience as a prosecutor by gaining trial experience and handling a larger felony caseload.
Kelsey is an attorney at the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project in Los Angeles. She represents especially vulnerable immigrants, particularly those in immigration detention in the Los Angeles area who cannot afford private counsel. Her interest in public service began as an undergraduate, when she served on a number of social justice projects. During her time in law school, Kelsey worked on environmental issues in Peru and with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona. Kelsey also served as a Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics graduate teaching fellow where she organized events on immigration law and policy.
During law school, Jenna clerked with the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, participated in the Oregon Child Advocacy Project, and externed at the Lane County Circuit Court for Judge Love and Judge Rigmaiden. Today, Jenna is a Deputy District Attorney for the Coos County District Attorney’s Office. As a Deputy District Attorney, she handles both misdemeanors and felonies. In the future, Jenna hopes her work will also include prosecution of human and sex trafficking cases. Jenna is excited to grow as a trial lawyer with the District Attorney’s Office and continue serving the Coos County community.
Georgina currently works for Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid as a housing attorney. Georgina works on a project representing Minneapolis tenants who have repair problems and whose landlords fail to comply with applicable Minnesota law. The goal of her work is to ensure clients have access to safe housing and to preserve the stock of naturally occurring affordable housing in Minneapolis.
Zach works as an attorney with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) in its Dallas, Texas office. With the FLRA, Zach helps promote stable labor/management relations between employees, labor unions, and federal agencies through the resolution of labor disputes. After graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2015, Zach volunteered as a pro bono attorney for Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, where he helped provide legal services to refugees and immigrants who have suffered human rights abuses.