By far one of the greatest ways USF Public Interest Law Foundation helps to make an impact in our community is by providing grants to USF Law students who choose to pursue unpaid summer legal work. This past summer, 25 remarkable students were selected to each receive grants of $4,000. We are proud to offer these grants through the generous donations we receive throughout the year as well as through several fundraising events sponsored by USF and PILF.
Our largest fundraising opportunity is the Annual PILF Gala and Auction. This year’s Gala and Auction takes place on November 4th. As the Auction draws nearer, we want to take a moment to introduce our most recent 2011 Summer Grantees in the Q&A’s below.
Back From London, Wendy Betts Talks About Human Rights Law
Wendy Betts is from Petaluma, California and attended the University of the Pacific for her undergraduate studies. This summer she worked at the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute in London.
1. Why did you choose law school, and why USF in particular?
Prior to starting law school, I worked with nonprofit organizations focused on strengthening human rights and the rule of law in developing countries. I chose to attend law school to obtain the skills to have a greater impact in this area. I selected USF because of its emphasis on public interest and social justice as well as its wide range of international programs.
2. What kind of work did you do this summer?
I conducted legal research related to international criminal law and war crimes trials, advocated for accountability for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, and supported rule of law strengthening programs in developing countries.
3. What do you find most inspiring about the work you did?
I was most inspired by the opportunity I had to help shape international policy discussions related to the protection and promotion of human rights.
4. Are you interested in public interest legal work as a career? What sort of law would you like to practice?
I would like to practice human rights law at a nonprofit organization with a global focus.