2014 Appleseed Interns and Law Clerks – Meet Alex Lierz

Appleseed Child Welfare law clerk Alex Lierz is a native of Lincoln and studied abroad at Oxford University.

Appleseed Child Welfare law clerk Alex Lierz is a native of Lincoln and studied abroad at Oxford University.

If you see someone strolling down the streets of Lincoln with a book in hand, you may have just encountered Nebraska Appleseed Law Clerk and literature enthusiast, Alex Lierz.

“I enjoy writing and reading fiction,” Alex said. “Most people know about the reading part as they can see me read while I walk to places downtown but I think not a lot of people know that I also enjoy writing.  I try to create strong, compelling heroines because we need a few more of those characters to combat the popular (despite being unhealthy and dangerous) Bella Swans and Estella Havishams.”

A native Lincolnite, Alex studied at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she majored in English, History, and Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She currently attends the UNL College of Law and expects to graduate in May 2016.

“I finally decided to come to law school after working with Voices of Hope and the Alternatives to Violence Project in Lincoln and seeing the need for more people really dedicated to change,” Alex said. “I wanted to clerk for Nebraska Appleseed with the Child Welfare Program because I had been introduced to a few of the issues associated with child welfare, particularly within the foster care system, and I wanted to gain a greater understanding of how I could make a difference and help change things for the better. I was particularly attracted to the systematic approach to change and hope to gain experience in the process.”

Alex’s passion for change is particularly strong when it comes to her hometown of Lincoln.

“I would like to work addressing some of the issues within the Lincoln community. I plan on staying local for at least the next 10 years and I can see myself working anywhere, including Appleseed, in child welfare.”

Name: Alexandria Marie Lierz

Hometown:  Lincoln, Nebraska

Position: Law Clerk

About me: I attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln from 2009 – 2013 where I majored in English, History, and Medieval and Renaissance Studies and studied abroad in Oxford at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, an affiliate of Keble College within Oxford University.  I currently attend the Nebraska College of Law and expect to graduate in May 2016.

Future Plans:  I would like to work addressing some of the issues within the Lincoln community.  I plan on staying local for at least the next ten years and I can see myself working anywhere, including Appleseed, in child welfare.

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