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.
A voice for the voiceless, that’s what Nebraska Appleseed law clerk Rene Cramer wants to be.
“I wanted to work for Appleseed because I want to make a big impact in the way juveniles in the system in Nebraska are treated,” she said. “Appleseed is one of those passionate places working to accomplish these goals.”
Originally from Omaha and a current student at the University of Nebraska College of Law, Rene’s passion for the juvenile system in Nebraska all started in an undergraduate class.
“When I was in a criminal justice course at UNO, Douglas County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) came in as guest speakers, and I fell in love with their mission and joined right away,” Rene said. “I started interning there and became a CASA volunteer. When I had that experience with CASA, I just knew that was what I wanted to do.”
After getting a glimpse into how the juvenile justice system and foster care systems worked in Nebraska through her internship with CASA, Rene wants to continue working with kids after she graduates by becoming a guardian ad litem – a special attorney appointed by courts to represent the best interests of certain categories of people, including children, in legal cases.
“[Being a Guardian Ad Litem] is the best way to accomplish my goals because you get to see the kids and help them with the court process. You’re the voice of the child and represent their best interests.”
Her hope is to continue working for overall change in the juvenile justice and foster care systems, to continue being a voice for the kids who need it the most.
Name: Rene Cramer
Position: Law Clerk
Hometown: Omaha, NE
About me: I am a law student at Nebraska College of Law. When I was in a criminal justice course at UNO, Douglas County CASA came in as guest speakers, and I fell in love with their mission and joined right away. I started interning there and became a CASA volunteer. For fun, I like to lie by the pool in the summer, play sports, make homemade greeting cards and work out.
Why Appleseed?: I wanted to work for Appleseed because I want to make a big impact in the way juveniles in the Nebraska system are treated. Appleseed is one of the most passionate places to accomplish these goals.
Future plans: My future plans are to become a Guardian Ad Litem and help improve/reform the juvenile justice and foster care system.