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’09 Graduate Virginia Tallent Award Equal Justice Works Fellow

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati College of Law over the weekend, Virginia Tallent is set to begin her legal career with the Child Health Law Partnership, a partnership between the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. This program was made possible through the Equal Justice Works Fellow program.

“My project will solve legal issues affecting the health of low-income children and their families through a dynamic medical-legal partnership,” said Tallent. “My project will elevate the ability to respond to housing conditions cases referred to Child HeLP through specialized advocacy. My goal is to secure environmental justice for low-income clients.” 

Tallent, a Springfield, MO native, began work in legal advocacy through an internship with the Children’s Law Center in Covington, KY. She saw that children’s rights and the inequalities facing many youth today were issues that had never touched her life before, but affected her through her work at the CLC. This inspired her to focus on this area as a career.

“I believe that our first responsibility is to help others, especially vulnerable populations like children. I have seen firsthand how the medical problems of low-income children are often complicated by unmet legal needs. Medical-legal partnerships are an invaluable tool in the fight to improve medical outcomes for children.”

This year, Equal Justice Works awarded 48 legal fellowships. The new Fellows officially will begin their two-year terms in September, joining 54 other Fellows already in the field.

Equal Justice Works Fellowships is the largest postgraduate legal fellowship program in the U.S. More than 300 lawyers and law students submitted applications for the Class of 2009. The new Fellows are funded by 34 sponsors; represent 35 Equal Justice Works member law schools; and will be working at organizations in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

“The Class of 2009 is entering the field when people need affordable legal services the most,” said Cait Clarke, Director of Public Interest Law Opportunities at Equal Justice Works. “These attorneys have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to justice and I’m proud to welcome them into the legal services community.”