The Leadership Program

Leadership Fellows Summer Experiences

Summer Experience Profiles
Ashley Clark
L. Collin Cooper
Janison Dillon
Shoshana Fried
Caroline Johnson
David Lambert
Chantelle Lytle
Kelsey Roth
Julie Stainback

Leadership Fellows have an opportunity to serve in a public sector organization through a summer externship offered with course credit and a scholarship covering the tuition for the externship course and living expenses.

The following is one in a series of self-reported descriptions of the fellows' summer employment experiences.

Shoshana Fried '13

Name of Employer:                                   

Pisgah Legal Services

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Legal Intern

Elon Law student Shoshana FriedFirst Line Supervisor:                 

Domestic Violence Attorney         

Pisgah Legal Services Overview:

Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) is in Asheville, North Carolina and has various departments, which include foreclosure prevention, landlord-tenant issues, consumer law, domestic violence, and immigration.  PLS has about 18 full time staff attorneys and about 300 volunteer attorneys who take a few cases a year on a pro bono basis.

Shoshana's Narrative:

I was assigned primarily to work under one attorney on the domestic violence team. My supervisor was one of three managing attorneys at the office. I also spent two mornings a week working with a bilingual court advocate on some immigration issues, but only as they related to domestic violence.

I spent about half my time working directly on cases. This involved initial client intake, evidence gathering, and trial preparation. I spent about 20% of my time on research. The research was usually related to a question that a client had. For example, one client asked if and how she could garnish child support from her ex-husband’s disability payment. I spent about 10% of my time drafting court orders. I drafted a few motion to modify custody orders and one notice for service by publication.  The remaining 20% of my time was spent on immigration work. PLS has a battered immigrant project, where we help undocumented immigrants who are victims of domestic violence obtain legal status. Since I speak Spanish, I spent some of my time interpreting for an immigration attorney during client intake. By the end of the summer, I was able to conduct these interviews without the attorney present. I also completed two UVISA applications this summer, which is the visa that is available to victims of domestic violence.

Though I was primarily assigned to one attorney, I worked on projects with 4 different attorneys and two court advocates throughout the summer. Each person had a different strategy and style, which was a great opportunity for me to learn and see the law from different perspectives.