If you had asked me sixth months ago what my plans were for this summer, I would have told you I was hoping to work for a law firm or to clerk with a judge in Southern California. But after spending a day of my winter vacation at Public Counsel, I knew that I wanted to spend this summer as a clerk with Public Counsel’s Homelessness Prevention Project. The thought of sitting in an office writing deposition summaries or researching current case law seemed uninspiring compared to the day I had spent with Public Counsel. Advocating for homeless and indigent clients seeking to gain or maintain general relief and food stamp benefits seemed like it would be much more rewarding.

As a UCLA alumna who hopes to return to the Los Angeles area after graduation, I chose to join the Los Angeles GALILEE group. We decided to spend most of our time at non-profit legal organizations. While our visits to the Barristers Domestic Violence Project, the Los Angeles Free Clinic and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center were all enlightening, our time with Public Counsel’s Homelessness Prevention Project proved to be the most rewarding activity of our three-day itinerary.

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