Six law school students have been chosen to participate in the 2015 Carr L. Darden Conference for Legal Education Opportunity internship program. The interns and the Indiana Court of Appeals judges each is assigned to are:
• Nicole Burts, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Judge Michael P. Barnes;
• Talisha R. Griffin, Valparaiso University School of Law, Chief Judge Nancy H. Vaidik;
• Mariah R. McGhee, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Judge Rudolph R. Pyle III;
• Lena M. Pratt, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Judge Terry A. Crone;
• BreAnna Smith, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Judge Ezra H. Friedlander; and,
• Andrea Stanarevic, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Judge Melissa S. May.
The 10-week paid internships immerse students in the court’s daily work under the guidance of leading jurists. In the program’s 18th year, interns will make site visits to courts and agencies including the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Public Defender of Indiana and Marion Superior Court.
“CLEO has worked exactly like our state government and courts designed it almost 20 years ago,” said Friedlander. “It’s helped a great many students launch successful careers in law and government, and it’s refreshed the courts every year with keen young legal minds.”
Friedlander has worked with CLEO interns each year since the program’s inception. This will be his final year of involvement because he is retiring at the end of August.
Five of this year’s seven interns are past fellows of the Indiana CLEO Summer Institute, which helps prepare students for the rigors and challenges of law school. The seventh intern satisfies eligibility requirements for the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity, which was established by statute in 1997 to assist Indiana minority, low income or educationally disadvantaged students pursue law degrees and careers in Indiana’s legal and professional communities.
More information about the CLEO program is available here.