Andrea Crumrine (’16) Awarded Equal Justice Works Fellowship
Andrea Crumrine, who expects to receive her J.D. from the Law School next May, has been awarded a two-year postgraduate fellowship through Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit organization whose mission is “mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice.” During the term of the fellowship, Crumrine will work at Americans for Immigrant Justice in Miami, representing detained asylum seekers in immigration court, before the Board of Immigration Appeals, in federal district court, and potentially in federal circuit court. She also intends to provide advocacy at the national level on the conditions of immigrant detainees in Broward Transitional Center, the Miami detention facility of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
During her 2L year, Crumrine was a student attorney with the Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic, where she represented Central American asylum applicants. She also interned with the Immigration Law Project at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid. Following her 2L year, as a fellow with the Law School’s Human Rights Center, Crumrine worked with the ABA’s Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR), which provides legal services to detainees at Port Isabel Detention Center near San Antonio.
Each year, through a competitive process, Equal Justice Works awards approximately 50 fellowships to lawyers who have developed innovative legal projects aimed at serving communities in desperate need of legal assistance. Fellows receive a competitive salary, generous loan repayment assistance, training, and additional support during their two-year tenure. “I am very excited to continue using my ProBAR experience and skills and to build up them further with Americans for Immigrant Justice,” Crumrine said. “Had it not been for my experience at ProBAR, I might not have received this fellowship.”
“The Human Rights Center and the University of Minnesota Law School are proud to have assisted in Andrea’s success in obtaining this fellowship,” said Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin. “Her strong commitment to human rights work throughout her studies at the Law School has given her a solid understanding of human rights advocacy and representation.”