15 Law Students Pursuing Summer Public Interest Work in Africa

Fifteen Washington University law students will intern with NGOs, government offices, and courts in southern Africa this summer. This is the 10th year for the law school's Africa Public Interest Law Initiative summer internship program, coordinated by Karen Tokarz, the Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law and Public Service and director of the Dispute Resolution Program. The summer initiative has placed more than 100 Washington University law students for 10-week summer internships in South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda over the past decade.  

This year's team of students will work with Legal Aid, Black Sash, Lawyers for Human Rights, and the University of Kwa Zulu-Natal Legal Clinic in Durban, South Africa; the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), the Legal Resource Centre, and the Supreme Court of Ghana Judicial Services ADR Programme in Accra, Ghana; Search for Common Ground in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), based in Arusha, Tanzania.  

Almost all students receive public interest stipends through the school's Summer Public Interest Law Stipend program, as well as supplementary travel stipends from the law school. Some students also are supported by Dagen-Legomsky Fellowships offered through the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute. 

Durban, South Africa

  • Sarah Aslam, JD ’13 (Legal Aid of South Africa)
  • Jayme Bagri, JD ’13 (Legal Aid of South Africa)
  • Giovanni Bianchetti, LLM ’12 (Legal Aid of South Africa)
  • Carla Jordan-Detamore, JD ’13 (Legal Aid of South Africa)
  • Nickesha Lambert, JD ’13 (Legal Aid of South Africa)
  • Dominique de Vastey, JD ’13 (Lawyers for Human Rights)
  • Jarron Akele Parnell, JD ’13 (University of Kwa Zulu-Natal Legal Clinic)
  • Hannah Zhao, JD ’13 (Black Sash)

Accra, Ghana

  • Stefan Akorli, JD ’13 (Supreme Court of Ghana Judicial Services ADR Programme)
  • Evelyn Chuang, JD ’13 (Legal Resource Centre)
  • Vanessa Hill, JD ’13 (International Federation of Women Lawyers  - FIDA)

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Ilunga Kalala, JD ’13 (Search for Common Ground)

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

  • Jennifer Wren, JD ’13 (International Labour Organization)

Arusha, Tanzania

  • Junko Nozawa, JD ’12 (International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda)
  • Jack Wilkinson, JD ’12 (International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda)