Crabtree is the managing attorney with the Children’s Law Center. A former grant recipient, his role with CLC also includes selecting and hiring UC Law students each summer.
What was your summer position during law school?
“Children's Law Center was a match for everything that I wanted out of a legal career. Having previously taught, I had an intense interest in education law and CLC allowed me to focus on that interest.”
What makes UC Law’s summer fellows program so important to you as a former recipient?
“My work at CLC completely shaped my professional aspirations. I went to law school bright-eyed and ready to change the world. My CLC experience showed me that "law" could do just that—change the world—-if only for the child that I helped in a dire situation. Instead of becoming cynical about what I could do professionally, my experience made me see that it could really happen.”
What makes UC Law’s summer fellows program so important to you now as an employer?
“Summer funded students are essential to the work of CLC. Without our students we would be unable to tackle some of the most important work that we do in a given year or with a given topic. Also, summer funded students may go off and never again work in public interests fields as a career, but they definitely leave the experience knowing about our issues, valuing our work and the importance of providing legal services to the least in society. That may be the greatest asset of all.”