Students Gain Experience through APIL Fellowships

APIL Fellows
APIP Fellows: Bottom row (l-r): Britt Baca-Miller (`13), 2012-13 APIL Co-President; Jenessa Trillo (`14), Rachel Giron (`14), Cassandra Brown (`14), Michelle Miano (`14). Top row (l-r): Mari Martinez (`14), Freeman Faust (`14), Shayne Huffman (`14), 2012-13 APIL Secretary; Santee Lewis (`14), Elysa Baron (`14).

The Association of Public Interest Law (APIL) at the University of New Mexico has awarded $25,000 in fellowships to UNM law students working in public interest positions this summer. The fellowships will support 10 law students in a variety of nonprofit, legal services and government law positions.

APIL is a student organization whose primary mission is to raise funds to support students working in public interest law. APIL raises fellowship money through numerous ongoing fundraisers, including apparel sales, raffles, bake sales, and textbook sales.

APIL leaders are grateful to private donors and other student organizations at the UNM School of Law for their support of public interest fellowships. This year, APIL wishes to extend a special thanks to Robert McNeill for funding two fellowships. Also providing support was Dean Kevin Washburn, the Student Bar Association, the Environmental Law Society student chapter and the State Bar Young Lawyer’s Division. Funding for the Craig Othmer Fellowship was provided by the State Bar Public Law Section and Sheila Brown. 

Following are the students who received fellowships and their placements:

  • Matthew Bernstein: New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty – recipient of this year’s Craig Othmer Fellowship
  • Elysa Baron: Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel, Immigration-Based Employment Discrimination Department
  • Cassandra Brown: Law Access New Mexico
  • Freeman Faust: U.S. Attorney, District of New Mexico
  • Adam Flores, Law Access New Mexico
  • Rachel Giron: New Mexico Public Defender, Appellate Division
  • Santee Lewis: Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor
  • Mari Martinez: New Mexico Attorney General, Foreclosure Prevention and Avoidance Project
  • Michelle Miano: Earthworks Colorado
  • Jenessa Trillo: New Mexico Public Defender, Felony Division

May 16, 2012