Lehotay de León ’23 Awarded Equal Justice Fellowship


06.30.21 —Andra Lehotay de León ’23 has been selected to join the inaugural class of the Equal Justice Works Disaster Resilience Program Student Fellows.  She is one of six law students who will spend eight to ten weeks during the summer working alongside Equal Justice Works Disaster Resilience Program Fellows in Texas and Florida as they help underserved communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

At Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Lehotay de León will work with EJW Fellow Maria Vazquez to ensure that immigrants in Harris County, Texas, have access to the immigration legal services they need to help them in the disaster recovery and preparedness process.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and the staggering rise of natural disasters has resulted in a sharp increase in civil legal issues, and we need more passionate public service leaders who can help individuals and families navigate disaster-related legal challenges,” said Linda Anderson Stanley, senior program manager at Equal Justice Works and director of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Disaster Legal Services Program. “We are proud to support these impressive law students in their work to expand critical legal resources and support for communities impacted by disasters of all kinds.”

“I am looking forward to working at Catholic Charities as the EJW Disaster Resilience Student Fellow to provide direct representation and community outreach to Houston's immigrant population,” said Lehotay de León. “This mission is very important, particularly in the context of Houston, a city that experiences a high rate of natural disasters. I am very grateful to spend the summer working with and learning from the team at Catholic Charities and Equal Justice Works to become a better advocate for underrepresented populations.”

Joining Lehotay de León this summer in the inaugural class of Equal Justice Works Disaster Resilience Program Student Fellows are participants from Elon University School of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law, University of Washington School of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law and New England Law – Boston.

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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