2L Kyle Anderson’s summer work with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services has been featured in the St. Charles Herald-Guide newspaper. The Norco native divided his time between St. Charles Parish and Hammond, helping SLLS pool resources to bolster their pro-bono efforts in St. Charles Parish. SLLS is Louisiana's largest provider of free civil legal aid, and currently operates in 22 parishes.
“I learned how to fight for people who are emotionally destroyed and have no hope,” he said. “I learned to give them hope.”
The experience inspired Anderson, who has always wanted to be a lawyer.
“Being from St. Charles Parish, I saw a need for all the services available,” he said. “I learned the role that community plays in establishing programs like this,” he said of the parish’s C.A.R.E. Center and the nonprofits operating there.
St. Charles Herald-Guide: Law student returns home to provide free legal assistance
Anderson’s internship was funded by Loyola’s Gillis Long Poverty Law Center. “We are very proud of Kyle Anderson and his dedication to justice. We have been able to fund 706 internships for Loyola law students like Kyle Anderson to provide legal services to the poor in our communities since 1991," said Christina Luwisch, Associate Director of the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center.
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services is one of 13 agencies across the United States that hosted summer interns through the Gillis Long Summer Internship Program. This summer the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center placed 41 Loyola law students in legal services offices. Each intern receives a $5,000 stipend over the 10-week program.