Note: Each summer, Nebraska Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright, talented law clerks and interns. This is one of a series of posts that feature Appleseed’s clerks and interns discussing their backgrounds and experiences.
Name: Lily Carr
Position: Law Clerk
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (came to United States at age 19)
About Lily: Lily is a second-year student at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, College of Law. She has an undergraduate degree from Chadron State College in Legal Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice. She grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, until she was 19 and came to the United States to attend college. Moving to western Nebraska from one of the great metropolises of Ethiopia must have been quite a unique experience. While she has a supportive family back home, in her words, “I’ve created a family here in Nebraska; my friends are my family”.
Why Appleseed?: “I worked for a nonprofit before law school, in Washington D.C., called MANA, that works with Latinas and women, I was really happy with the work. It was very challenging, but at the same time very interesting; just to be helping out people. I knew that was the kind of field I wanted to get into, and I know that Appleseed is a firm that strives to help get a better life or a better education for everybody, including minority and low income society. That’s why I applied here.
“I wanted to learn more about the law, how it applies to minorities, and what the benefits are that people can get. I know that I would not be able to learn about all these laws at law school or at other nonprofit organizations. That’s what I want to get out of working for Appleseed.”
Future Plans: Lily’s immediate plans are to graduate law school. After that, she has plans to find a job and work in an area of her choosing, such as public interest or employment law. She plans to stay in the area and have a family.