Ferrari-Agudelo '18 Receives Goldmark Equal Access to Justice Internship

Laura Ferrari-AgudeloLaura Ferrari-Agudelo, a second year law student at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, received the 2017 Goldmark Equal Access to Justice Internship.

This ten week, paid summer internship was created to honor the Legal Foundation of Washington’s (LFW) second president, Charles Goldmark, and encourage young lawyers to emulate Goldmark’s ardent commitment to provide civil legal aid to under-served populations. The internship is a hands-on training program for law students focusing on research, writing, casework, and client services, and offering valuable experience in public interest law.

Each year, LFW’s Board of Trustees selects a legal aid program in Washington to host the Goldmark intern. The King County Bar Association’s (KCBA) pro bono services family law program is the recipient of the Goldmark intern, Laura Ferrari-Agudelo, for summer 2017.

The King County Bar Association works in partnership with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), addressing the legal and safety needs of unaccompanied immigrant children, some of which may qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) relief. The KCBA provides pro bono assistance in filing the appropriate family law action and obtaining the order needed to file a SIJS petition. The internship is ideal for law students interested in family law and immigrant rights.

Laura is a perfect fit for the internship. Being an immigrant herself, she hopes to assist children and immigrants who struggle to navigate the U.S. legal system. Laura is fluent in Spanish, adept at translating legal terminology in both Spanish and English, and passionate about helping others.

“As a person who came to the United States many years ago, I have always been appreciative of the opportunity I was provided here. As a future lawyer, I just hope to help those who are the most vulnerable,” said Laura.

Laura has a wealth of background experience from working as the lead docket clerk for the Northwest Defenders Association in Seattle, Washington, a case administrator for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Iowa, a criminal legal assistant with the U.S. Attorneys’ Office in Seattle, Washington, and most recently as a legal intern for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, also in Seattle.

Congratulations to Laura as she heads to work in Seattle with the King County Bar Association, KIND, and NWIRP as the 2017 Goldmark Intern.