Spotlight on 2012 Grantee, Natasia de Silva

Natasia de Silva is originally fromHonolulu,Hawaii. She attended Harvard University as an undergraduate. This summer she is working in the Health Unit at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) inBerkeley.

Why did you choose law school, and why USF in particular?

I chose to attend law school so I could be an advocate for those struggling to have their own voices heard. I decided to attend USF because of the strength of its public interest program, and the support faculty, staff, and other students give to students pursuing public interest careers.

What kind of work did you do this summer or what type of projects did you work on?

The Health Unit strives to provide holistic legal services to low income individuals referred through EBCLC’s medical partners, with the goal of eliminating underlying legal barriers in order to achieve better health outcomes. The Health Unit provides a variety of legal services, including assistance with public benefits, housing, and health care access.

What do you find most inspiring about the work you are doing or the organization you are working for?

What I find most inspiring about the organization I am working for is their commitment to training the lawyers of the future to be compassionate, contemplative, and overall, the best advocates they can be for clients who desperately need these services.

What would you like to do following law school?

Following law school, I would like to continue to work for a nonprofit that provides direct legal services to underserved communities, preferably in the areas of healthcare or housing. Ultimately, later in my career, I would like to serve as Executive Director of a nonprofit with a similar mission and purpose.

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