Fellow Spotlight: Candace Milner
Candace Milner Selected as First Thomas W. Weeks Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fellow
OSLSA is excited to introduce its first Thomas W. Weeks Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fellow, Candace Milner. A native of Columbus, Candace graduated from Eastmoor Academy. She earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Georgetown University and is currently in her second year at Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law.
She will spend her 10-week fellowship working at the Ohio Poverty Law Center, where she will focus on unemployment compensation issues and gender and racial disparities related to unemployment. "We are thrilled that Candace chose to work with the OPLC team for her fellowship," says OPLC Director Susan Jagers. "After recently completing an externship with the public benefits team at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, she is now applying that experience and passion to advocate for policies that help low-income Ohioans. Candace has already hit the ground running to support our advocacy priorities."
The fellowship, which provides opportunities for law students to work in a legal services organization in order to develop their interests and skills in public interest law, is designed to foster diversity in legal aid programs. It was created to honor Tom Weeks, the longtime director of OSLSA, who retired in 2019.
Candace says she is eager to develop skills that will make her a more successful advocate. "I knew this fellowship would give me the opportunity to work with amazing attorneys while honing legal skills that will stick with me well beyond the fellowship” she said. “I hope to have a better understanding of the role attorneys can play in supporting low-income clients who are navigating legal issues. Additionally, I’d like to learn more about the policy changes needed to actively support working families and help communities thrive.”
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