Elizabeth Tull, '07—Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, Staff Attorney
Tull is a Staff Attorney with Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio. She was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship upon graduation.
What do you do?
“It was through the housing law work I did during my clerkship that I learned about the growing foreclosure problem. When I decided during my third year that I wanted to apply for an Equal Justice Works fellowship to bolster Legal Aid’s foreclosure prevention work, Legal Aid supported me throughout the application process. And I believe that it was a combination of Legal Aid’s support for the project and clerkship experience that won me the fellowship.”
What was your summer position during law school?
“I did an externship at Legal Aid during my 2L year and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to find a way to clerk there during the following summer. During my summer clerkship at Legal Aid, I worked under the supervision of an attorney who does Housing Law and Children’s Law. Most of my work was in housing, dealing with the issues of low income tenants in both private and subsidized housing.”
What makes UC Law’s summer fellows program so important?
“Summer work experience is no doubt the most important factor in career development for law students. For those who do want public interest positions, a commitment to the work is an absolute necessity in any job application. Without showing such a commitment during law school, graduates cannot get competitive public interest positions later on. But even for those lawyers who practice in the private sector after law school, a summer spent working in the public interest informs the legal work they do for the rest of their career. Many will commit to pro bono work, or serving on the boards of public interest organizations.”