Today we welcome Bethan Eynon as our Community Inclusion Fellow. Bethan is a 2012 graduate of UNC School of Law and was a Center intern during the summer of 2011.
Peter Gilbert will transition to his Equal Justice Works Fellowship at the Center, focusing on the Community Inclusion Project
The first month of my first year in law school, the Center held an interest meeting for students about the Wills Project, where even first semester law students were encouraged to write advanced directives for low-income clients. I had found law school to be dry and passionless, and saw this as an opportunity to take the sort of social justice action that I had envisioned when I applied to law school.
This meeting shaped the path of my law school career. I participated in the clinic and I met Center attorneys – they supervised and guided my very new legal mind. I experienced my first low-income client interaction against the backdrop of a crash course in North Carolina civil rights law, namely the history of municipal underbounding as a mechanism of continued segregation and discrimination. I went on to become a collaborator in managing the wills clinic, working closely with Center attorneys and its client communities, while also training students to write advanced directives. During the summer of 2011, I interned at the Center and further explored the intersection of the fights for integrated schools and integrated communities.
Through law school, the Center’s mission and its staff have been a touchstone for my own personal and professional goals. Over the summer, I was able to attend a hearing concerning the Brunswick County Fair Housing Case, where I met Center clients and learned more about the role I would be stepping into. Now, I am honored and ready to join this dedicated team, to become the person that shapes the path of some other first year law student. I look forward to the journey of developing my own legal practice while dedicating my talent to the ongoing civil rights struggle.
Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Tue. September 4, 2012 10:32 AM