Hofstra Law students Joseph Guarino 3L, Jana McNulty 3L, Viral Shah 3L and April White-Small 3L, three of whom worked in the Criminal Justice Clinic this year, have accepted positions with the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County as public defenders. To date, five students from the clinic have accepted positions working as public defenders.
“Having worked at the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County this semester, I can honestly say that there is nothing I would rather do,” said White-Small. “I feel incredibly lucky that I get to start at my dream job this fall with a team of talented and dedicated public defenders.”
The Legal Aid Society of Nassau County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping indigent persons in criminal legal matters and in certain family court matters, including those involving child custody and support issues.
“I truly believe that everyone, no matter what their upbringing, personal demons or missteps, deserves a dedicated attorney to fight for their human and legal rights when they find themselves in the criminal justice system,” said McNulty. “I am beyond thrilled to begin a career at the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County advocating for those rights.”
Nicole Guliano 3L and Lenore Furlong 3L, who also participated in the Criminal Justice Clinic, have secured positions with New York County Defender Services and The Legal Aid Society in New York City, respectively.
Under the direction of Professor Elizabeth M. Nevins-Saunders, attorney-in-charge, students in the Criminal Justice Clinic represent indigent clients charged with misdemeanors in Nassau County District Court and Queens County Criminal Court. Clinic interns provide the entire range of legal representation, from initial interview to sentencing.