[Nfbnet-members-list] FW: The Coelho Center Disability Law Fellowship

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From: "Perez, Katherine" 
<<mailto:katherine.perez at lls.edu>katherine.perez at lls.edu>
Date: May 3, 2019 at 4:02:57 PM PDT
Subject: RE: The Coelho Center Disability Law Fellowship

The Coelho Center Law Fellowship Program is 
launching this Summer 2019. Central to the 
mission of The Coelho Center for Disability Law, 
Policy and Innovation is bringing together and 
fostering the development of leaders from our 
disability community. In particular, we believe 
in creating a strong pipeline of law students 
with disabilities who will go on to serve as 
attorneys, judges, public policy professionals, 
and politicians. Our ultimate goal is to increase 
representation in policy spaces where decisions are being made.
As the disability rights slogan goes, "Nothing 
About Us Without Us!" or more aptly "Nothing 
Without Us!" because people with disabilities 
belong in every sector of society, including the 
legal profession. We need disabled voices in law 
schools, in law firms, in the courts, on the 
bench, in the Congress, in legal academia and beyond!
In order to do so, we need to strengthen the 
pathway into law school for students with 
disabilities. Too often, students with 
disabilities are discouraged from attaining 
higher education. Educational barriers, along 
with negative assumptions and attitudes, dissuade 
our community from reaching careers in law and policy.
This has to change. Our program targets 
early-year college students with disabilities to 
intervene and provide encouragement, support and 
mentorship that is crucial to success.
Currently, there is no program like The Coelho 
Center Law Fellowship Program whose specific 
mission is to train and mentor college students 
with disabilities to think about a path toward law school.
Our program offers:
a one-week summer intensive course at Loyola Law School;
an academic-year-long virtual course;
a mentoring program between the fellows and law 
students and attorneys with disabilities;
academic planning and support through the law school application process; and,
a $1,000 stipend to be used for school supplies.
Deadline to apply: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 11:59 pm PST
Download your application here to apply: 

From: Leslie Cunningham 
<<mailto:lcunningham at CALIFORNIALAWINC.COM>lcunningham at CALIFORNIALAWINC.COM>
Sent: Friday, May 03, 2019 3:58 PM
To: Perez, Katherine <<mailto:katherine.perez at lls.edu>katherine.perez at lls.edu>
Cc: <mailto:ruthe.ashleyesq at gmail.com>ruthe.ashleyesq at gmail.com
Subject: Re: The Coelho Center Disability Law Fellowship

Hello Katherine:

It’s great to hear from you.  I’m so proud of 
you and the work you’re doing with the 
disability demographic in the legal 
profession.  Why don’t you give me a link or 
flyer I can forward to the LA-area Community 
Colleges?  We can get the word out to the Pathway Network.

Thanks Katherine!

Sent from my iPhone

On May 3, 2019, at 3:19 PM, Perez, Katherine 
<<mailto:katherine.perez at lls.edu>katherine.perez at lls.edu> wrote:
Dear Ruthe and Leslie,

I’m kicking myself for not reaching out 
sooner.  Our application for the Disability Law 
Fellowship has gone live as of last month, and 
our deadline is quickly approaching on Monday, May 27th.

We haven’t gotten many applications as of 
now.  I’m hoping that you are able to help us 
spread the word either by sharing this with your 
network or sharing some of your contacts with me, 
so that I may reach out to them.  In particular, 
we’d like to get this information out to 
community colleges in the LA area.  Though, all 
college students with disabilities are eligible to apply.

All the information about the program as well as 
the application can be found here: 

It was such a pleasure to meet you earlier this 
year at the Pathways event at LLS / the 
reception!  I’m still in awe and filled with so 
much appreciation for the work you do, and I hope 
that our program heads for the level of success.


Katherine Perez
Director, The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy and Innovation
Visiting Professor of Law, Loyola Law School
Pronouns: she, her, hers
(213) 736-1486

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