"I would encourage new law students hoping for a specific career in public interest to keep an open mind and explore as many areas of law and career paths as possible. I am thankful for the experiences I had working at law firms, because law firms play a very important role in public interest law by providing financial support and pro bono attorneys. My law firm experience gives me confidence in interacting with private attorneys and encouraging them to support public interest work."
Kathrine Russell leads the Immigrant Youth and Communities Project at Brooklyn Defender Services. Previously she worked with KIND (Kids in Need of Defense) in New York. After law school, she worked as an associate at Latham & Watkins in New York before becoming a children’s immigration attorney with South Texas ProBAR in Harlingen. In law school, she participated in Texas Law Fellowships, Public Interest Law Association, the Texas International Law Journal, the Housing Law Clinic, Telephone Access to Justice at Texas Riogrande Legal Aid, and the Student Hurricane Network. She spent her summers working at Akin Gump in San Antonio, Texas C-BAR in Austin, and Latham & Watkins in New York.