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CLEO interns assigned to Court of Appeals, Tax Court

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Eight students from three law schools have been selected for summer internships with judges of the Indiana Court of Appeals and Tax Court through the 2014 Carr L. Darden Conference for Legal Education Opportunity internship program.

The 10-week internships will immerse the students in the court’s daily work, guided by some of Indiana’s most accomplished and respected jurists. The interns will also make site visits to other courts and government agencies, including U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, the Indiana Department of Correction and Marion Superior Court.

“CLEO is win-win-win,” Chief Judge Nancy H. Vaidik said. “Our interns win through their immersion in the court’s day to day work. The court benefits from their energy and passion. And the legal profession gains a more diverse pool of people entering the law.”

The paid internships are part of the Indiana judiciary’s CLEO program that assists minority, low-income or educationally disadvantaged students pursue law degrees and legal careers. Interns and their summer assignment are as follows:

Court of Appeals:

  • Tyler M. Alford, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law; assigned to Chief Judge Nancy Vaidik
  • Jennie D. Bell, Valparaiso University School of Law; Judge Patricia Riley
  • Lori Chen, Indiana University Maurer School of Law; Judge Ezra Friedlander
  • Norman E. Cooke Jr., IU Maurer; Judge Rudolph Pyle III
  • Maurice L. Fulton II, Valparaiso; Judge Michael Barnes
  • Karim Merchant, Valparaiso; Judge Terry Crone
  • Elaina J. Streisel, IU McKinney; Judge Elaine Brown

Tax Court:

  • Jazmin Harris, IU Maurer; Judge Martha Blood Wentworth.

More information about the CLEO program is available here.

   

 

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