PILI Alumna Amanda Walsh is one of 63 recipients of a 2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship. This prestigious program provides the funds for recent law school graduates to work in legal aid and provide services to low-income and underserved populations. Amanda recently graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and was a PILI Intern last spring at the Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU.
For her Fellowship, Amanda will work at the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago to establish the Family Preservation Project (FPP). This project will tackle the social determinants of health and family instability faced by children with mental illness through a medical-legal partnership model.
Amanda was chosen for this Fellowship and project because of her interdisciplinary training. She has a MSW in Mental Health and a JD with certificates in child and family law. She also experienced these issues firsthand when she was placed in foster care due to her own parents’ mental illnesses. Learn more about Amanda and her project here.
Congratulations to Amanda and all of the 2015 EJW Fellows! We look forward to hearing about the great work you accomplish, and we thank you for your service to those in need.
About the Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program: The Equal Justice Works Fellowship is a two year program that funds public interest attorneys to close the justice gap on issues such as foreclosure, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, homelessness, access to healthcare, and domestic violence. These Fellows have a lasting impact well beyond their Fellowship. More than 80% of Fellows continue doing public interest work after their Fellowship ends. Learn more at www.equaljusticeworks.org.