This past summer, NYLAG and its clients benefited from an exceptionally large class of interns. Numbering 38, the interns joined NYLAG in late-May and departed in early-August, working full-time for ten weeks.

Each student was assigned an attorney to act as a supervisor and mentor. Student interns met with clients, conducted research, participated in legal clinics, and drafted correspondence, petitions, motions and other legal documents. Some interns also engaged in oral advocacy at administrative hearings, helping clients appeal denials of public assistance, food stamps or Social Security benefits.

Mikhail Izrailev, a summer intern in the General Legal Services Unit, says that the best part of his NYLAG internship was “getting the chance to sample so many different kinds of work.” He primarily worked on securing benefits for immigrants but also assisted attorneys on issues as disparate as home mortgage foreclosure and Holocaust compensation. Izrailev also appreciated the training series in which attorneys from each unit taught sessions throughout the summer covering the full range of NYLAG practice areas.

The students hailed from 14 law schools, including Brooklyn, Cardozo, University of Connecticut, CUNY, George Washington University, Harvard, University of Michigan, New York Law, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers, Seton Hall University, University of St. Thomas and Yale. Two undergraduates also participated, from Syracuse University and Davidson College.

In testament to the richness of the intern experience at NYLAG, Izrailev decided to continue to work at NYLAG and currently works in the Immigrant Protection Unit through the externship component of the Immigration Justice Clinic at Cardozo Law School. When asked what drew him back to NLYAG, Izrailev cited the friendly and dedicated nature of NYLAG attorneys, elaborating, “NYLAG attorneys genuinely like what they do, and that translates to an open and joyful style of teaching, which I and other interns benefit from.”