Liberty Law Students Receive Financial Stipend for Public Service

May 04, 2011

Five Liberty University School of Law students have been awarded a $1,000 stipend from the Virginia Law Foundation (VLF). Founded in 1974, the VLF provides stipends to law students performing public service internships in the Commonwealth of Virginia, through organizations such as the Virginia Legal Aid Society, Public Defender, and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.

This summer’s recipients are Karlee Shelton (Class of 2012), Cindy Shin (Class of 2012), Daniel Mook (Class of 2012), Hilary Webster (Class of 2013), and Rachel Hepkins (Class of 2012).

Ms. Shelton will be helping to provide legal services through the Virginia Legal Aid Society in Lynchburg, VA.  Her ultimate goal is to use the knowledge she gains this summer to impact legislation and further aid those in poverty and/or victims of domestic abuse. Ms. Shin will be working at the Lynchburg Public Defender’s Office. As a committed member and leader of Street Law, a School of Law pro bono effort to educate juvenile offenders, Ms. Shin will use her time this summer to influence juvenile offenders to become better citizens. Mr. Mook is excited about the opportunity “to provide zealous, yet compassionate legal advocacy” through his position at Pittsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. Ms. Webster will use her knowledge and skills to help provide the less fortunate with quality legal representation through the Virginia Legal Aid Society in Danville, VA. Ms. Hepkins, who is fluent in Spanish, will be working with the Refugee and Immigration Services office in Roanoke, VA.  “I began to feel as though God would use my fluency in Spanish to work as a mediator between Hispanic people and the hectic business world of the United States,” she said.
 
Liberty University School of Law sincerely thanks the Virginia Law Foundation for providing the funding so these students can use their summers to impact communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia and continue to develop their own legal skills and abilities.