Landon Hacker RLAW ’20, who shared his journey from drug addiction and homelessness to attending law school in the hopes of becoming a public defender on the Power of Attorney podcast, will become the seventh Maida Post-Graduate Public Interest Fellow in January 2022 and will be working at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, as part of the Rutgers Medical Legal Partnership.
Hacker, who shared his story with Co-Dean Kim Mutcherson on the Power of Attorney podcast, will be working with patients/clients who are living with or have a history of opiate use. He follows in the steps of Ashley Maddison RLAW ‘19, who recently finished an Equal Justice Works fellowship at the MLP and is now an attorney working at the coalition where she focuses on housing and utility issues for low-income clients who have persistent health problems.
He said, "I consider it my duty to help those who are in the position I was once in. I cannot think of a higher honor to be bestowed upon me than to be placed in a position to do just that. I'm very excited to be a part of the Coalition."
Hacker’s post-graduate fellowship is funded by James and Dr. Sharon Maida as part of the Maida Public Interest Fellowships Program, established in 2015 with an initial $1 million gift that has since been increased and renewed. The program funds approximately 40 law student public interest fellowships each summer; past post-graduate fellows have worked at Fair Share Housing, Inc., ACLU-NJ ; the HEAL Collaborative; NJ Office of the Public Defender; HomeBase; and Make the Road-NJ.