May 2015 Featured Volunteer: Shar Grant, Jennifer Ferguson, Lacey Shirley, Erik Anderson and Curtis Little Sun
- Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
LASO welcomes University of Tulsa and Oklahoma City University law student interns!!
This month LASO is pleased to highlight Tulsa intern, Shar Grant, 2L; and students from the Americorps JD Summer team: Jennifer Ferguson, 1L; Lacey Shirley, 2L; Erik Anderson, 2L and Curtis Little Sun, 3L.
The internship program allows Shar, Jennifer, Lacey, Erik and Curtis to gain practical work experience while affording them the opportunity to serve their community. Public interest work is an essential part of these students legal education and is an important component of their future legal careers. Each student will receive exposure and assist attorneys in multiple areas of civil law.
As a part of the Application Line Shar take calls from persons applying for legal assistance. She will also observe court hearings and work alongside attorneys at docket proceedings.
Shar grew up in a military family and is a mom herself of three children. Shar returned to school to pursue her law degree after her longtime occupation reached its peak. In her spare time Shar writes poetry. She co-teaches a six-week poetry course to inmates at the Tulsa County jail.
Jennifer Ferguson, Lacey Shirley, Erik Anderson and Curtis Little Sun come to LASO as members of AmeriCorps JD, an Equal Justice Works program. They work alongside Lauren Truitt, Veterans Legal Coordinator in OKC and Nichole Harden, staff attorney for Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow Veteran Legal Corps in Tulsa.
As a part of the EJW team, these students assist with various types of civil legal issues, which include removing barriers to employment and housing, serving the legal needs of veterans, adoption, and bankruptcy. They will observe in court when possible and help with legal research.
Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from Florida State University. She now resides in Jenks while attending law school at the University of Tulsa.
Lacey lives in Tulsa with her husband and three daughters. She holds an undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas. She is a 2017 JD Candidate at the University of Tulsa. Lacey says becoming a lawyer fits her perfectly!
Erik Anderson is a Miami, FL transplant. He came to Oklahoma 10 years ago to pursue degrees in Finance, Accounting, and Quantitative Financial Economics at OSU. He comes to LASO with a background in audit, tax, and oil and gas services and is working toward his law degree at The Oklahoma City University School of Law.
Curtis Little Sun is an Army Reservist and currently attends Oklahoma City University School of Law. Although born in Kansas City, MO, Curtis grew up in Bartlesville and plans to take the Oklahoma Bar Exam this summer.
- Pro Bono/Legal Services