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.
3L, David Truong Spent His LA Summer Steeped in Dependency Law
Why did you choose law school, and why USF in particular?
I wish to get into public interest work dealing with low income and immigrant groups. USF was a school with a dedication to public interest work.
What kind of work did you do this summer?
I represented parents in dependency law cases, helping parents work towards maintaining a family instead of having their children go into adoption and foster care.
What do you find most interesting about the work you are doing or the organization you are working for?
I find it inspiring when despite the harsh acts some parents have committed that has caused their children to be taken away, they quickly realize what is at stake and reform their ways.
Are you interested in public interest legal work as a career? What sort of law would you like to practice?
I am very much so interested in public interest work as a career and would like to get into Civil Rights