Claudia Pepe ’22 Chosen for Prestigious IJC Fellowship


04.16.22 — Claudia Pepe ’22 has been named to the Class of 2022 Justice Fellows by the Immigrant Justice Corp (IJC). Each year, IJC awards Justice Fellowships to recent law graduates and law clerks from around the country – individuals with tremendous talent, promise and a demonstrated commitment to providing legal services for low income people and for immigrants. IJC trains Justice Fellows to become experts in immigration law and pairs them with leading non-profit legal services providers and community based organizations. Pepe is among only 31 graduates from top law schools around the country that were chosen for the prestigious program.

Pepe will spend her fellowship at Safe Passage Project, a nonprofit organization that provides free lawyers to undocumented immigrant children and teenagers facing deportation in New York City.

Pepe's commitment to immigrant justice stems from her advocacy with immigrant survivors at the Urban Justice Center’s Domestic Violence Project prior to law school. During law school, Claudia interned with The Legal Aid Society, ACLU of Southern California, and Make the Road NY. She also participated in Northeastern University School of Law’s Immigrant Justice Clinic and its Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic.

"We are delighted to welcome these immensely talented Justice Fellows who are launching their legal careers at such a critical time for immigrants' rights," said Jojo Annobil, IJC's Executive Director. "There's a tremendous need for quality counsel for immigrants, and these highly accomplished, passionate Fellows will help ensure that every immigrant, regardless of status, is treated with dignity and has access to justice."

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. The future of legal education since 1968, 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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