UC Law student selected for Equal Justice Works fellowship

Rising 3L Elizabeth Gatten one of 35 law students in the 2020 class of Rural Summer Legal Corps

Growing up in a rural small town in Western Kentucky, University of Cincinnati College of Law 3L Elizabeth Gatten knows what it’s like to not have access to the services people in cities might have. Now, she’ll spend her summer supporting the legal needs of rural communities in Greater Cincinnati.

Gatten was recently selected for the 2020 class of Rural Summer Legal Corps, a partnership between the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and Equal Justice Works that supports law students who want to address pressing legal issues facing rural communities. Gatten is just one of 35 law students chosen from over 400 applications.

LAW incoming freshman

Law student Elizabeth Gatten

“I know what it’s like to live in a really remote area and not have access to services that people who live in urban areas might have,” said Gatten. “I grew up in a low-income family—my dad was a coal miner; my mom was student-teaching—and so I really identify with the clients I’ll be serving.”

Gatten will be hosted by the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati where she will spend the summer assisting the organization’s Kinship Care Team in providing legal assistance to families in which grandparents and other relatives are caring for children affected by parental substance abuse or incarceration, with a particular emphasis on Greater Cincinnati’s four most rural counties: Brown, Clermont, Clinton, and Highland.

“Equal Justice Works is proud to support Elizabeth as she puts her legal education to work at her host organization, the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati,” said Aoife Delargy Lowe, director of law school engagement & advocacy at Equal Justice Works. “We are grateful to Cincinnati Law for nurturing and supporting her passion for public service.”

About the University of Cincinnati College of Law

Founded in 1833, the University of Cincinnati College of Law has the distinction of being the first law school west of the Alleghenies. From humble beginnings 175 years ago in a room above Timothy Walker’s law offices to its home today in Clifton (OH), Cincinnati Law has been on the leading edge of legal education. Thousands of lawyers have graduated from the law school, and about one-third practice in the Greater Cincinnati community, working in all areas of the law. For more information about the College of Law, visit www.law.uc.edu.

Interested in learning more about public interest law at Cincinnati Law? Visit the website: public interest law

Writer: Nick Ruma

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