Jenna Agatep07.31.20 — Jenna Agatep ’21 has been awarded a public interest scholarship by the Asian American Law Fund of New York (AALFNY). She is interning this summer with the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), which runs the Pro Bono Clinic and focusing on the Asian communities in Queens that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. She also volunteers with the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON).

“Receiving the AALFNY Pro Bono Scholarship has provided me with additional support and opportunity to serve my API community in my loved ones' honor. Following the passing of my uncle, grandmother and other family friends from COVID-19, I began to see the disproportionate effect the pandemic was having on the NY urban population and particularly that of Filipino frontline workers and their families,” said Agatep. “Subsequently, I began to volunteer in the spring with the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns and the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) to aid the NY API community in different forms of COVID-19 relief, including monetary and food fundraising and legal assistance. As for the latter form of assistance, I was able to develop it into an independent study for this quarter and serve AABANY's Pro Bono Remote Legal Clinic as a legal intern. Through this position, I am able to help the clinic's clients in the areas of small business assistance, employment issues and housing issues.”

About the Asian American Law Fund of New York 

AALFNY was founded as a nonprofit in 1993 by founders and board members of the Asian American Bar Association of New York. Since 1997, AALFNY has funded more than 50 community service scholarships to encourage law students to use their knowledge and experience to assist their communities.  

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences. All students participate in full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 1,500 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.

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