Current Fellowship Recipients

Justin

2017 McAndrews, Held & Malloy Fellowship Recipient: Justin Sia

Justin is a first year law student at Loyola University with a B.A. in Political Science from Emory University. As a Legal Intern for Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Chicago, Justin provided legal research assistance to promote passage of various state-level and city-level legislative proposals, such as the Illinois TRUST Act and Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance. He worked with community members to amend Chicago’s Language Access Ordinance to include emergency services and improve accountability among city agencies’ implementation of language services. He also provided comprehensive research regarding language access violations under the Illinois Civil Rights Act, and assisted the Sanctuary School Coalition, a group of youth-led immigrant and education rights organizations throughout Chicago. Justin even participated in discussions on immigration policy and strategy with high-profile federal and local lawmakers. Justin looks forward to applying the lessons and experiences he obtained through his work at Advancing Justice, Chicago as he enters Loyola University Law School this fall.

Wendy

2017 Justice Laura Liu Memorial Fellowship Recipient: Wendy Zuo

Wendy is a third year law student at DePaul College of Law with a LLB in Law and Finance from Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chonqing, China, and an LLM from Pennsylvania State University. As a Legal Intern for the Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic, Wendy served the Chinatown community in a variety of cases involving landlord-tenant disputes, family law, immigration law, and even tax law. Wendy has gained a deeper understanding of the obstacles faced by Chinese immigrants, such as language barriers, cultural barriers, and the lack of suitable resources when they encounter legal issues. Her experience at the Chinatown Legal Clinic has helped her to learn effective communication and has inspired her to succeed in confidently representing the Chicagoland Chinese community.

Emily

2017 DLA Piper Fellowship Recipient: Emily Chu

Emily is a third year law student at the University of Illinois College of Law with a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Illinois. As a Legal Intern at Chinese Mutual Aid Association, Emily gained experience in a wide variety of areas ranging from visas to federal fundraising, and was able to help draft and implement employment policies for CMAA programs. Through her work at CMAA, where the staff speaks over ten different languages and the client population skews towards recently arrived, low-income families, Emily has gained a better understanding of how to advocate for the Asian American community as a whole. After graduating from law school, Emily hopes to come back to Chicago and invest the skills she has learned back into the community that has welcomed her with open arms this summer.

Mustafa

2017 Honigman Fellowship Recipient: Mustafa Aijazuddin

Mustafa is second year law student at The John Marshall Law School with a B.A. in 20th Century History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a Legal Intern for the Council on American and Islamic Relations - Chicago, Mustafa was exposed to Contract Law, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Employment Law, and Conflicts between State and Federal laws, all in the context of working on discrimination cases. During the course of his fellowship, Mustafa realized the sheer number of unreported and unnoticed incidents faced by individuals who fall outside of the social majority. That realization has reinforced his commitment to be an advocate for the disenfranchised. One of Mustafa’s greatest achievements this summer was being able to assist individuals seeking asylum, and he is proud to have been able to help people who faced the worst kinds of discrimination and injustice.