2Ls Laughlin, Wall Awarded MPILC Fellowship

Luke Laughlin2Ls Luke Laughlin and Diana Wall have been awarded the Montana Public Interest Law Coalition (MPILC) Summer 2015 Fellowship.

Luke Laughlin is a rising 2L, MPILC’s future 2L Rep, Outlaws member and board member of the Blue Mountain Clinic. He serves as an HIV tester/Counselor for Montana Gay Men’s Task Force and has previously been involved with the Social Justice Fund, Western Montana LGBT Center, and Oregon Fair Trade.

This summer Luke will commit his time to the Montana Innocence Project where his efforts will go towards exonerating wrongfully convicted people, as well as public policy reform to prevent wrongful convictions. Luke will be helping with both the investigative and screening processes and legal research for cases underway.

Diana WallDiana Wall is also a rising 2L, future MPILC co-President, board member of the Western Montana Bar Association Pro Bono Committee and volunteer with Montana Legal Services.

After studying abroad in China this summer, Diana will continue her work on the Pro Se Litigant’s Handbook for the Western Montana Bar Association Pro Bono Committee. This Handbook will provide individuals with information on how to obtain an attorney, and in the event that these individuals are representing themselves, this Handbook will aid individuals in navigating civil litigation by providing directions on how to identify proper forms and publicly available legal information. She will also volunteer with the Missoula Self-Help Family Law Center helping pro se litigants navigate court forms and procedures relating to family law matters.

Diana’s enthusiasm and passion for human rights and equal access to justice is admirable. Her legal career aspirations include promoting equality in the court system and MPILC is honored to be able to support her public interest efforts.