This year my fellowship is at the Medical-Legal Community Partnership (MLCP) unit at Philadelphia Legal Assistance, working to provide legal services to clients at health centers in West Philadelphia. Although I’ve been out of work recovering from a pneumothorax (more on that in a future blog post), one of the nicest things about starting was the warm welcome I got from the other paralegals and interns around the organization, including a couple from Haverford.
PLA gets a lot of volunteer workers every year, from undergrad and law students as well as members of fellowship programs such as Haverford House. However, a big portion of these workers come just for the summer. This past week was the last one for some of the MLCP interns, so we had a group meeting to reflect on the summer and celebrate their time here. People went around and shared their favorite parts of the summer and how they might change the experience for future workers over cupcakes baked by my supervisor’s daughter.
Around the main office of Philadelphia Legal Assistance in Center City, I got to see another fellow Ford: Sydney Cone ’16. Sydney has worked in the Family Law unit at PLA for the past two summers, working alongside last year’s fellow Caya Simonsen ’14 in helping clients maintain custody of their children, receive protection from abuse court orders and other similar services. While I’m not around the center office much, it was great to see a familiar face and chat about life at Haverford and the mixed emotions surrounding senior year.