Alumni Help Engage Current Center for Global Justice Interns
By Brett Wilson | August 29, 2013
Jaclyn Walliser supporting the Jubilee Campaign.
Photo courtesy of Jaclyn Walliser.
As the summer draws to a close, Regent University School of Law students are opening their Black's Law dictionaries once again. But some Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law interns spent their summers continuing to learn under the supervision and training of Regent alumni now submerged in their own legal careers.
"It was great to work with someone who understands the laws, but also understands my values," said Kyle Carter, 3L, who worked alongside Evan Henck '08 (Law), director of Freedom Firm. "He was incredibly open and willing to talk about everything."
Freedom Firm, a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) in India, is dedicated to rescuing young females from child prostitution by giving them an opportunity to sell a commodity other than themselves: jewelry.
Carter's work involved researching business decisions for the organization as it seeks to expand operations outside of India.
"One of the things that makes a big difference when you're reading through things like corporate tax law is when you realize that it's companies like [Freedom Firm] that will make a world of a difference," said Carter. "And that gives your work a lot of purpose."
Erica Weston, 2L, also found purpose in interning with the general counsel's office for Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) in Orlando, Fla. Though her primary passion is fighting against slave trading and human trafficking, Weston explained that her internship experience this summer opened her eyes to a different area of law she enjoys.
"I have a passion for Cru and the work God is doing through their ministry," said Weston. "This internship experience was a great combination of my passions and a great eye-opener to the field of law in general."
Weston worked alongside Tara Powell '09 (Law), an attorney with the organization. Weston explained that working with Powell encouraged her to look into working with non-profit organizations upon her own departure from Regent.
"She had some great insight into how God leads people who are willing to listen and follow Him," said Weston.
Jaclyn Walliser, 2L, spent her summer working with the Jubilee Campaign in Fairfax, Va., an international organization dedicated to promoting religious freedom of minority peoples around the world. During her internship, Walliser worked alongside Ann Buwalda '91 (Law).
"She gave me a lot of real world advice for being a lawyer," said Walliser. "And all of my experiences reaffirmed the calling I believe God has placed on my life."
To Walliser, her summer spent interning ignited her desire to stand up for the persecuted people of oppressed nations. She recalled witnessing a specific trial where a young woman from Eritrea was seeking asylum from the religious persecution she was facing there.
"The tears of joy that came to her eyes when the judge announced that he was granting her asylum brought tears to my own eyes, and I thought of how blessed I am to live in this country," said Walliser. "And how blessed I was to be able to be a part of her journey."
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