Congratulations to the First-Ever Class of NACA Fellows!

NACA is excited to announce the recipients of our first annual summer fellowships that allows 12 first- and second-year law students to work with and learn from experienced consumer law firms and organizations. The brand-new summer fellowship program provides students with a $5,000 stipend, NACA student membership, plus additional resources and support that will expose them to potential careers in consumer law. This summer, fellows will work directly with consumers on a wide variety of issues including student, payday, and military lending, mortgage foreclosures, auto repossessions, credit reporting, debt collection, and so much more.

The fellows (and their law schools and their placements) selected by NACA are:

Hashim Beig, CUNY Law (Tariq Law, NY)

Ashley Bliss, University of Maine (Pine Tree Legal Assistance, ME)

Emily Gallo, University of Michigan (Public Counsel, CA)

Hannah Katz, Penn State University (ARM Lawyers, PA)

Alexandra Kenney, New England (KMT Law, MA)

Jackson McMillan, Stetson (Varnell and Warwick, FL)

Chandler Mankins, San Luis Obispo (Loker Law, CA)

Idean Marvastian, University of Maryland (The Consumer Law Center, MD)

Anna Pyle, Marquette University (Legal Action Wisconsin)

Micah Scott, Birmingham School of Law (United Legal Team, AL)

Madhu Srikantha, Northeastern University (Greater Boston Legal Services, MA)

Christina Turner, Chapman University (Public Law Center, CA)

The process to apply for 2025 Summer Fellowship will be announced in the Fall of 2024. We look forward to supporting many more law students as they consider a career in consumer law.

NACA 2024 Consumer Law Summer Fellowship Program Details

The National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) are seeking motivated law students to apply for our Summer Consumer Law Fellowship Program. Students should have a position arranged, contingent on funding, from a Legal Services or Public Interest Organization’s consumer law unit or a private consumer law firm.

Applications regarding either virtual or in-person internships will be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of if their placement will be remote or in-person.

This is the first year of NACA’s Summer Fellowship Program, and we hope that we will be able to offer it annually. The Program will pay a $5,000 stipend to at least five (5) students who spend the summer months working for a NACA member non-profit or private consumer law firm on consumer protection issues.  We hope that the fellowship will provide students with the opportunity to learn about consumer protection law and help them explore possible career opportunities in our field.

Fellow Requirements

Fellows must have a demonstrated interest in public interest consumer law and in serving low- and moderate-income consumers.  All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The fellow must commit to ten weeks between May 1 and September 1 to their chosen organization or law firm.

Organization Requirements

Qualified organizations and law firms must be NACA members and must be willing to commit to having a consumer attorney supervise the fellow and provide them with meaningful activities including conducting intake, interacting with clients, attending hearings and mediations, conducting research, and drafting memoranda.

Application Process

Each applicant shall submit a resume, a completed application form, and a prospective organization or consumer law firm’s supporting statement. Please be specific about the issues on which you plan to focus and what you hope to accomplish. Please submit all application materials to [email protected]

Evaluation Process

Both the fellow and the organization/ law firm must submit a short report to NACA within four (4) weeks of the conclusion of the fellowship, but no later than September 15, 2024. The fellow should describe their summer experience including what the law student learned about the substance and practice of consumer law. The fellow’s supervisor should describe the student’s contributions to their organization and provide feedback as to what skills and abilities the NACA Consumer Law Summer Program should look for in future fellows.

See the Summer 2024 NACA Consumer Summer Law Fellowship Application. If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected]