By Emily Bell
My name is Emily Bell. I am a rising 2L and I am originally from the St. Louis area.
Prior to attending SLU LAW, I received my undergraduate degree in American Studies from Hendrix College, a small liberal arts college in Conway Arkansas. After undergrad, I did a year of service with City Year Chicago. I worked in a public school on the South Side where I mentored and tutored a class of fifth grade students. I came to SLU LAW knowing I wanted to pursue a career in public interest and, possibly, child advocacy.
This summer I have had the pleasure of interning at Voices for Children. Voices for Children is a non-profit organization in St. Louis that advocates for the best interest of children in foster care. The attorneys at Voices work inside and outside of the courtroom to insure that every child we work with is given a chance to have a safe and happy childhood.
Interning at Voices has given me the opportunity to get hands-on legal training in child advocacy. I have been able to work on a variety of projects such as drafting court documents, organizing and summarizing abuse and neglect hotline reports, performing legal research and creating a database of residential treatment facilities. Along with the different projects I have worked on, I have also been able to attend family support team meetings, attend court hearings, and go on home visits.
During my time with Voices, I have learned that no two cases are alike and that each brings with it a new set of challenges. I have had the opportunity to continue to develop my research and writing skills, while also learning how to practically apply those skills. It has been exciting to apply the knowledge I learned during my first year of law school out in the “real world”.
Working at Voices has furthered my interest in child advocacy and I am thankful I had the opportunity to learn and work alongside the talented attorneys at Voices. This summer has been great!