Tyler Sesker ’22 is one of only six undergraduates from across the nation chosen for pre-law positions this summer in the Investigative Internship Program at the Georgetown University Law Center’s Criminal Justice Clinic.
Investigation interns are trained and assigned to work with attorneys, contributing to pre-trial evidence gathering and defense strategy building.
A gender and women’s studies major and social justice minor, Sesker said her studies at Hollins have motivated her advocacy and inspired her “commitment to social justice, compassion for community, and work to eliminate sources of discrimination and inequality.” During January Short Term this year, she completed a Signature Internship with the Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C., where she got the opportunity to research intersections of indigent criminal defense and juvenile justice.
“I learned that client-centered work from an intersectional perspective can make change,” she said of her experience.
Georgetown Law’s clinical programs allow law students and select undergraduates the unique chance to serve clients. They collaborate with, and are supervised by, faculty practitioners of law. This model of practice-learning informs the teaching of Assistant Professor of Political Science and Gender and Women’s Studies Courtney Chenette, who is also an attorney. “Tyler embraces every opportunity to learn and lead,” Chenette said. “She embraces the scholar-practitioner model and brings course concepts to creative community engagement and advocacy.”
“I look forward to serving Georgetown Law’s Criminal Justice Clinic clients, counsel, and community this summer,” Sesker said.