2014 Appleseed Interns and Law Clerks – Meet Kathleen Hansen

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.

Appleseed intern Kathleen Hansen hopes one day to become an attorney. She also is a second-degree black belt in taekwondo.

Appleseed intern Kathleen Hansen hopes one day to become an attorney. She also is a second-degree black belt in taekwondo.

“I thought Appleseed would be a good mixture between my family science background and my future plans to be a lawyer,” Appleseed intern Kathleen Hansen said. “Turns out, it is.”

Kathleen is getting ready to graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in family science and minors in criminal justice and psychology. A native of Lincoln, Kathleen hopes to turn her experience as an intern with Appleseed into a career as a lawyer. By working with people who are passionate about their areas of interest Kathleen got a glimpse of a career she could be excited about.

“It honestly just struck me one day that practicing law would be something I could be very good at. It combines a lot of my interests and strengths.” Kathleen said. “Being a lawyer combines my interest in the well-being of people and families with my interest in criminal justice. I applied for Appleseed because I wanted to impact people, get a feel for a potential career in this field, and gain experience.”

Working with the child welfare team at Appleseed and also helping get signatures for the minimum wage petition campaign has given Kathleen a close-up view of the impact the organization has on Lincoln.

“I’ve seen Appleseed impact the community directly through our petitioning,” she said. “Being out on the streets is exciting because I know I’m directly contributing to and participating in democracy and I’m doing it through Appleseed.”

Name: Kathleen Hansen

Position: Intern

Hometown: Lincoln, NE

About me: Undergraduate Student at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (done in August, yippee!!) Studying Family Science, with minors in criminal justice and psychology. Something unique that not a lot of people know about me is that I’m a second degree black belt in taekwondo! No longer practicing, but still very capable. My three favorite things ever are: my dog, Sasha; going out to the lake on a nice summer day; and dill pickle flavored anything.

Why Appleseed?: I thought Appleseed would be a good mixture between my family science background and my future plans to be a lawyer; turns out, it is!

Future plans: Hopefully get into law school for the coming year and become a lawyer! It honestly just struck me one day that practicing law would be something I could be very good at. It combines a lot of my interests and strengths.

 

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