November 14, 2022
Oregon Law welcomes to campus the second cohort of the Lane County Bar Association (LCBA) Bar Fellows. Five UO law students earned the fellowship during the 2022-23 academic year. This year’s LCBA Fellows are Julie Foss, Amy Huynh, Raman Mann, Michelle Rodriguez, and Alyssa Whitcomb-Zeidel. This class builds on the four Fellows in last year’s inaugural group.
This highly selective program is designed to help diversify Oregon’s legal community by recruiting and supporting diverse law students. The program provides a paid internship for recipients’ first summer in law school, a scholarship throughout law school, and multiple networking opportunities, judicial mentorship, and other resources designed to support the Fellows’ success in law school and in their Oregon legal career.
The internships will take place during the summer of 2023. The students will be matched with the following Summer Sponsors: Hershner Hunter, Hutchinson Cox, Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton, the Local Government Law Group, Public Defender Services of Lane County, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Thank you Summer Sponsors for your leadership and support of this important program.
Alyssa Whitcomb-Zeidel received a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Management, and Planning from the University of Southern California. Prior to law school, she worked for the National Domestic Workers Alliance helping distribute pandemic relief funds to domestic workers. She has worked in software technology roles for several media organizations, including Pandora, and served on the board of directors for an organization that helps to increase representation of women and non-binary people in the audio engineering and recording industry. She is interested in advocating for others at the “…intersection of community advocacy, public policy, and technology” and is especially interested in serving historically underrepresented groups.
Raman Mann is a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis, where she received a degree in International Relations, with minors in History and Human Rights. While in school, she was the Vice President of her school’s Punjabi Kabaddi as well as the Sikh Cultural Association. Prior to law school, she completed internships at the Sikh Alpha Foundation, and at a domestic violence support organization. She also worked for a summer camp for underprivileged Hispanic children. She wishes to serve underserved communities in Oregon, including members of the Punjabi community, and looks forward to contributing to the diversity of the legal profession in the state.
Amy Huynh is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in Philosophy. While in school, she worked for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, and volunteered in various capacities with her school’s transfer student organization. Prior to attending law school, she worked in quality assurance for a substance abuse healthcare company. She is interested in several areas of law, including family law and criminal law. Her previous work experiences lead her to an interest in law school, and she wishes to “…be the person who advocates for others and represents their interests when they’re unable to.”
Michelle Rodriguez is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, where they received a degree in Literature and a minor in Political Science. While in school, she also completed a summer legal reasoning course at Duke University School of Law, as well as a global entrepreneurship and innovation course at Columbia University’s campus in Singapore. She was also involved in her school’s QTPOC group, as well as being a member of the pre-law society. She is interested in public interest and civil rights law, and after law school, she wishes to help vulnerable people and underserved populations navigate the legal system.
Julie Foss grew up in Oregon and is a graduate of Astoria High School (where she was valedictorian) and is a student of the 3+3 program through the law school and the Clark Honors College. She majored in Political Science and minored in Legal Studies, and her honors thesis focuses on the Prision Litigation Reform Act. She plays the violin and studies ballet, and was a member of several regional symphonies. Her legal interests include civil appellate litigation. She believes it’s vital to have more Arab and Muslim representation in law and government and wishes for future generations will face less difficulties due to their racial identities and ethnic backgrounds.