Student receives Skadden Fellowship to provide legal services to young adults

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DePaul third-year law student Sue Lee is the recipient of a 2016 Skadden Fellowship​ to support her work in public service following law school. Lee is one of 28 graduating law students and judicial clerks from across the country who received this prestigious two-year fellowship established by law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom​. ​​​

In collaboration with sponsoring organization Cabrini Green Legal Aid​ (CGLA), Lee’s project will target at-risk, emerging adults, ages 15 to 24, in Chicago, with legal services in the areas of criminal record expungement, housing law and family law. Through these efforts, she hopes to remove the legal barriers to employment and lessen the impact of collateral consequences of having a juvenile or criminal record.

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to do the exact kind of legal work that I’ve dreamed of right after I graduate,” Lee said, “working with an organization and staff attorneys that I respect and can learn from, alongside social service organizations that have already been serving the inner-city youth in Chicago for decades.” ​

The Skadden Fellowships, which provide a salary and benefits, were established in 1988 in recognition of the need for greater funding for graduating law students who want to devote their careers to helping the poor, elderly, homeless and disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights.