Note: Each year, 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: Catherine Larsen
Position: Legislative Intern
About me: “I have lived in Nebraska my entire life. I will start my final year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in August, where I will graduate with degrees in English and Political Science, and a minor in French. I love politics, and I’m especially fascinated by the unique political dynamic of Nebraska’s Unicameral. Throughout my three years in Lincoln, I’ve worked as a page in the Legislature, volunteered in Lincoln’s Community Learning Centers as an Americorps VISTA, and worked on State Senator Kate Bolz’s legislative campaign.”
Why Appleseed: “When I was a page at the Legislature, I got to see Nebraska Appleseed testify on bills all the time, and I was very glad to see that an organization committed to social and economic justice was so active in Nebraska. I’ve always been interested in legal and legislative issues facing Nebraskans, and Nebraska Appleseed seemed like the perfect place to gain experience relevant to dealing with those issues.
“I have gained so much from my seven months at Appleseed. I’ve developed a much deeper familiarity with many aspects of the legislative process and learned how effective policy advocates can be at influencing legislative outcomes, both at the state and federal level. I’ve begun to understand how incremental policy developments can translate to big changes in people’s lives. I’ve improved my research skills. I’ve confirmed for myself that public interest legal/policy work is truly what I want I do. I think what I’ve enjoyed most, however, is simply that I’ve gotten the opportunity to be a part an organization that I really admire and to be proud of the work that I’ve done here.”
Future Plans: First and foremost, I plan to graduate from UNL next spring. Then, I’ll take a year off from school to get work experience in the field of law and save up money for law school in August 2015. With a J.D., I hope to go into public interest law and would love to do work focused on tax and budget policy at the state level.