Sadé Calin Class of 2017
Sadé's commitment to serving the Camden community started long before she came to law school. For example, as an undergraduate Resident Advisor, Sadé started a program to deliver college student letters of support and encouragement to women in domestic violence shelters and drug rehabilitation centers. After an active first year, as a 2L, Sadé served as a Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project fellow, President of the Black Law Students Association and Vice President of the Women’s Law Caucus. She orchestrated BLSA’s annual Safe Halloween and WLC’s Mr. Law School Pageant, a fundraiser for I Dare to Care, a community organization providing mentorship to Camden girls. She is currently the Sub-Regional Director of Greater Philadelphia for the Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association, a two-term Student Director of the Street Law Pro Bono Project, a Michael Young Fellow (teaching assistant) for Marshall-Brennan, and a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Diversity Committee. Sadé has also participated in the Voters’ Rights Pro Bono Project, served as a mediator in the Mediation Pro Bono Project, acted as a Big Sister for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Camden County, and volunteered for Wills for Heroes. After graduation, Sadé will join Ballard Spahr LLP as an associate, where she hopes to continue her pro bono efforts.
Carly Campoli Class of 2017
Carly has engaged in a wide range of community-oriented activities, both in and out of the law school. An SBA representative for all three years, Carly has worked closely with students, faculty, and administrators to identify and address student concerns. Carly’s outstanding legal writing and research skills, developed through an editorship on the Rutgers Law Review and board membership in Hunter Moot Court, have enabled her to complete several big constitutional law projects through the Legal Research Pro Bono Project. Her work included assisting in the appeal of a denial of a class certification and researching whether foster care is a public accommodation. She has participated in the Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project and is currently in the Domestic Violence clinic. Carly has also made significant leadership contributions in the Association of Public Interest Law, both as a committee member for the Alternative Spring Break program and as a very engaged co-chair of the APIL Auction. Next year, she will clerk for the Honorable George S. Leone, Judge of the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.
Mary-Kate Collins Class of 2017
Mary-Kate has leveraged her extensive experience as a volunteer community mediator to rejuvenate the Mediation Pro Bono Project, increasing the project’s efficiency, expanding its services and re-vamping its training—a task not usually delegated to student volunteers. In addition to her work with the Mediation Project, Mary-Kate has taken a leadership role in the Planning Estates Pro Bono Project, where her detail-oriented, responsible, self-motivated approach makes her an anchor for the student volunteers she leads. As a member of the executive board of the Estates and Trusts Society, Mary-Kate helps organize the annual Wills for Heroes project, preparing documents for first responders on a pro bono basis. Mary-Kate is also the mother of two small children and volunteers for the Juvenile Conference Committee in Haddon Township, which seeks to guide young people accused of minor juvenile offenses to restorative solutions that will keep them out of the juvenile justice system.
Jason Kanterman Class of 2016
While at Rutgers Law, Jason Kanterman did exceptional public interest work both in Prisoner Re-entry and advocacy against Domestic Violence. During his 3L year, Jason worked with the ReNew Camden Re-entry team, providing free legal services to participants mired in unresolved pre-incarceration municipal court charges, many of which were a decade or older at the time of release. Jason proved himself to be a tireless and diligent advocate, painstakingly reviewing all matters and unraveling the bureaucratic entanglements that often accompany such dated charges. Even after the clinical engagement was technically completed, Jason continued to participate in the program, sharing the knowledge he had gained regarding pre-incarceration charges and other technical assistance. His work forged a strong relationship between the law school and the ReNew Camden Team, garnering high praise from the judges, prosecutors, defenders and probation representatives on the team. That same year. Jason also worked in the Domestic Violence and Advanced Domestic Violence clinics. Among other matters, he worked on an appellate brief in conjunction with the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence, which led to several publications on issues in domestic violence law. His tenacity, compassion, and dedication to his clients make him stand out. Jason is now serving a clerkship to the Honorable Marie P. Simonelli, Judge of the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court, and in the future, will serve a clerkship with the Honorable Noel L. Hillman, of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Rachel Lamb Class of 2017
Rachel left a career in Journalism to pursue a legal education at Rutgers Law, with a focus on animal rights. Undeterred by a lack of existing programming in the area, she founded a student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF). In its first year the chapter undertook substantial fundraising endeavors for animal rights groups, and Rachel conceptualized and executed a well-received presentation at the law school on the links between animal and domestic abuse. In addition to SALDF, Rachel has also been working remotely with the Animal Welfare Institute, as an intern in Wildlife Law and Public Policy, where she researches policies dealing with animal welfare, and has co-authored an article with her supervisor for the Lewis & Clark Animal Law Review. In addition to her animal welfare work, Rachel is also a student leader of the 501(c)(3) Pro Bono Project, where she assists small non-profit entities evaluate whether applying for tax exemption is appropriate, and guides them through the application process.
Kathryn Morris Class of 2017
Kathryn has dedicated herself to advocating on behalf of those most vulnerable in our society. Kathryn enrolled in the Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation hybrid clinic, where she worked on a variety of human rights issues, especially the Trafficking Victims Protection Re-Authorization Act. Kathryn also worked with the ACLU, helping to analyze the legal ramifications of the CIA's enhanced interrogation program and contributing to an amicus brief filed in the Fifth Circuit. In the summer of 2016, Kathryn interned in the Public Defender’s Office in Camden, where she assisted defendants in cases that involved everything from disorderly persons offenses to serious indictable offenses. As a 1L, Kathryn was a Pro Bono Street Law and Youth Court volunteer, and as a 2L, helped organize the 2015 Philbrook Award Celebration. Currently, Kathryn is the President of the Rutgers chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and she has volunteered countless hours serving as a legal observer at political demonstrations. She is a student leader for the Voters Rights Pro Bono Project ("VRPBP"), an award-winning non-partisan initiative whose goal is to ensure voter access and fair elections in Camden. As of early October, VRPBP has registered hundreds of individuals, including over 100 inmates at the Camden County Correctional Facility.
Leigh Kelsey O’Donnell Class of 2016
While at Rutgers Law, Leigh Kelsey held leadership positions in both the Voters’ Rights and Mediation Pro Bono Projects. In her 2L summer, she was a legal intern at the Child and Family Advocacy Clinic with First Star Academy in Camden, while also serving as a judicial intern to the Honorable Gwendolyn Blue, in New Jersey Superior Court. In her 3L year she worked in the school’s Juvenile Justice Clinic and received the Clinical Legal Educational Award for her work. She has also received the Philadelphia Bar Association Public Interest award and the Dean’s Pro Bono Public Award for Exceptional Service. Throughout her time at Rutgers, Leigh Kelsey’s enthusiasm and passion for helping others was infectious and an invaluable asset to the public interest community. Leigh Kelsey plans to continue her work from her 3L clinic experience by working as juvenile public defender.
Emily Preziosa Class of 2017
Emily Preziosa serves as one of the student co-directors for the Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project, an effort she first joined as a 1L. In this capacity, she works with advocates to ensure that victims of domestic violence receive the help they need both in navigating the legal system and in obtaining services and resources from community programs. She is currently in the Domestic Violence Clinic, providing comprehensive legal representation to victims of domestic violence. As a student leader for the Planning Estates Pro Bono Project, she assists in drafting estate-planning documents for low-income seniors free of charge. As a student leader for LEAD (Learn, Empower and Advocate for People with Disabilities), Emily also assists in researching governmental programs to provide families with the information and tools they need to navigate the complex systems of government-funded support. In an effort to reduce the waitlist of families in need waiting for guardianships to be approved, Emily also spent her 2L year working with Professor Overton and the Civil Practice Clinic on this issue. Next year, Emily will be clerking for the Honorable David M. Ragonese of the New Jersey Superior Court in Camden, and plans to continue her commitment to serving those in need.
After graduating from St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government & Politics and minors in International Studies and Theology, Kisha came to Rutgers Law School to pursue a career in public service. Kisha has already completed over 100 pro bono hours through work with the Voters’ Rights, Street Law, Mediation, Domestic Violence, Youth Court and 501(c)(3) Pro Bono Projects, as well as the school’s Alternative Spring Break program. In addition to her extensive pro bono participation, last year Kisha created a new pro bono project with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. As the student leader of this new endeavor, Kisha has created opportunities for students to assist attorneys fighting for the release of clients who have been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Through her internships with the Honorable Joel Schneider of the District of New Jersey, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, she is building the professional skills that will enable her to pursue her passions in combatting mass incarceration, closing the education gap and expanding restorative justice practices. Ultimately, Kisha hopes someday to serve her beloved state of New Jersey as an elected official.
Allan Zhang earned a Master's of Social Work at New York University, and at Rutgers Law School, has used this background to help ameliorate social conditions that limit people’s ability to reach their potential. Allan is a co-leader of the Planning Estates Pro Bono Project where he secures sites, supervisors and volunteers to write wills, medical directives and powers of attorney for low-income elderly people in Camden and the surrounding communities. As one of the student co-directors of the Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project, Allan trained new volunteers and worked with victims seeking final restraining orders by providing them with information regarding available services. Finally, as a co-leader of the LEAD (Learn, Empower and Advocate for People with Disabilities) Pro Bono Project, Allan and others provide information and guidance to families in need of publicly funded resources for their disabled children. This year, Allan is participating in the Thomas S. Forkin Jr. Family Law Inn of Court, as a guest of the Inn, and upon graduation, Allan hopes to continue his commitment to public service by working in that field.