Meet the 2018 Haywood Burns Fellows

The NLG National Office is pleased to introduce our 2018 Haywood Burns Fellowship recipients! Now in its 45th year, the Fellowship sponsors law students and legal workers spending the summer working for public interest organizations nationwide to build their legal skills and strengthen their long-term commitment to social justice.

Tyler Crawford is a Stein Public Interest Scholar at Fordham Law. He will be a Haywood Burns fellow at Appalachian Research and Defense Fund, a civil legal aid organization based in Eastern Kentucky, where he will be defending the welfare rights of vulnerable clients and conducting legal clinics and outreach to rural communities.

Walter Anthony Jean-Jacques is a first-year law student at Notre Dame Law. As a Haywood Burns Fellow, he will be a summer legal intern for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. in NYC working on Juvenile Justice and School Segregation issues.

Jilisa Milton is a JD/MSW candidate at the University of Alabama. She will be working at Equal Justice Initiative on appellate representation of indigent women and men on death row, advocacy on behalf of those sentenced to life without parole as juveniles, investigation of inhumane and abusive conditions in prisons, and research aimed at developing connections between America’s racist history and current issues in mass incarceration.

Anita Miralle De Asis aka Needa Bee is a long time businesswoman, artist, organizer, advocate, activist and educator. She will work with Meikeljohn Civil Liberties Institute to expand the institute’s work and the work of her organization The Village of ensuring landless people’s human and constitutional rights to adequate housing and the decriminalization of homelessness.

Denali Wilson is a first-year law student at the University of New Mexico. With the support of the fellowship, she will spend the summer providing legal support to immigrants detained at the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico.

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