Bios Current 13-14 Fellows
Jamille Fields is the RJ Fellow at the National Health Law Program (NHeLP). She received her J.D and M.P.H. with an emphasis in Health Policy from Saint Louis University in May 2013. Jamille spent her law school summers advocating for vulnerable populations at the National Health Law Program’s North Carolina office and at Families U.S.A. in Washington D.C. She has also served as research assistant throughout law school to Professor Sidney Watson, one of the leading experts on the Affordable Care Act and long-time advocate for increased health care access for all, and currently works with Professor Watson as a part of a grassroots advocacy group to expand Medicaid in Missouri. While in law school, Jamille served on several student and professional boards, including acting as Notes & Comments Managing Editor for the Journal of Health Law and Policy and student liaison for the Women Lawyer’s Association of Greater St. Louis. Jamille has received many honors, including being selected as one of the top three finalists in the White House Policy Challenge for her policy proposal, Utilizing Web-Based Tools to Manage Chronic Illness in the Medicaid Population and placed second in the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Midwest Regional Competition. Prior to law school Jamille was active in public policy, working in the Office of Senator Barack Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Office of Missouri Secretary of State, Robin Carnahan for Missouri and Robin Carnahan for U.S. Senate. Jamille holds a Bachelor in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Lillian Hewko is the RJ Fellow as the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN). She graduated in 2011 from the University of Washington School of Law where she was a Gates Public Service Scholar. From 2011-2013, Lillian was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Legal Voice where she led a project she created to provide legal education to incarcerated mothers and implements legislative strategies to reduce the chances of family separation in Washington State. As a queer, mixed-Latina from a working class background, reproductive justice is integral to her life and led to her desire to use the law as a tool to create social change. Lillian began her reproductive justice work as Peace Corps Urban Youth Development Volunteer in Concepción, Paraguay implementing community and youth led comprehensive sex-education workshops. During law school, Lillian focused on human rights issues that affect women and girls, including child rape, sex trafficking, abortion access in Latin America, health care access in WA, wage claims and lawful status for immigrant survivors of domestic violence in the United States. During law school Lillian co-founded the Incarcerated Mother’s Advocacy Project (IMAP), a volunteer led project which provides legal information and resources to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women. She also served as Co-President for the University of Washington’s LSRJ Student Chapter, the Innocence Project Student Chapter and the Latino Law Students Association. She is a proud recipient of the 2011 Law Students for Reproductive Justice Cari Siestra Award for Excellence in Organizing, and the 2011 University of Washington School of Law Charles Z. Smith Award for Public Service. She served as a member of the Board of Directors for Law Students for Reproductive Justice and on the board of Surge Northwest. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
Tiana Patterson is the RJ Fellow at the Black Women’s Health Imperative. She graduated from DePaul University with a J.D. in May 2012. During law school, Tiana was a law clerk at the State’s Attorneys Office in the Domestic Violence division in Chicago, IL, where she assisted domestic violence victims with trial preparation and with attaining orders of protection. During law school, Tiana was an active member of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Prior to law school, Tiana attended Emory University where she earned her B.A. in philosophy. While at Emory, Tiana was selected to participate in the Ethics and Servant Leadership Program at the Georgia Justice Project where she helped formerly incarcerated women learn new skills to aid with their reintegration into society. Tiana was also a member of AmeriCorps in Boston, MA where she worked as a literacy advisor at ReadBoston, supporting the implementation of in-school libraries for inner-city public schools.
Lauren Paulk is the RJ Fellow at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). She graduated in May 2013 from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. At CUNY, Lauren interned with the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, where she worked on international reproductive justice issues with the Center for Reproductive Rights. Lauren also interned with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, researching and writing about pregnancy-based discrimination and Title IX issues. Lauren received a grant to work with Women’s Link Worldwide in Bogotá where she worked on access to reproductive health care and freedom from violence. In 2010, Lauren interned for Legal Services NYC, focusing on bankruptcy, housing, benefits access, and VAWA and DOMA-related immigration issues. As a research assistant for Professor Caitlin Borgmann, Lauren researched a range of issues related to reproductive justice. Prior to law school, Lauren spent two years as a volunteer advocate for Backline. Lauren also volunteered as an AmeriCorps HOPE Fellow at Home Free, a domestic violence agency in Portland, Oregon, conducting home visits and support groups and dating violence prevention presentations and trainings. In 2010, Lauren testified before the Oregon Legislative Health and Human Services Committee on why dating violence prevention education should be an integral part of health curriculums across the state. Lauren grew up in Missouri and is a 2007 graduate of Webster University, with a major in International Studies and an emphasis on International Human Rights. Lauren is the author of What Is an “Undue Burden”? The Casey Standard as Applied to Informed Consent Provisions, in Volume 20, Issue 1 of the UCLA Women’s Law Review.
Agata Pelka is the RJ Fellow at the National Abortion Federation (NAF). She graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in May 2013, where she was a recipient of the Trey Cheek Memorial Public Interest Scholarship. Agata is the current President of the National Law Students for Reproductive Justice Board of Directors and also served in leadership roles of UNC LSRJ chapter throughout law school. While in law school, Agata focused on pro bono work, fundraising for the Carolina Public Interest Law Organization and advocacy for women’s and LGBT rights. As a research assistant for Prof. Maxine Eichner, Agata researched social welfare policies that advance the economic wellbeing of women and families and contributed to a report on the “Potential Legal Impact of the Proposed Domestic Legal Union Amendment to the North Carolina Constitution.” During her 2L summer, Agata worked as the Reproductive Health Policy Intern at the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office and as a Law Clerk at the UNC School of Government. During her 3L year she served as a technical legislative advisor to the “NC Vital Records Legal Working Group” organized by the UNC School of Government. She also worked as a semester extern at the National Health Law Program, where she assisted attorneys providing technical assistance regarding access to health care for low-income individuals. Throughout law school, Agata worked on a project to evaluate the implementation of North Carolina’s judicial bypass laws with the support of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina. Agata holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the UNC Kenan Flagler Business School.
Kashif Syed is the RJ Fellow at Advocates for Youth. He received his J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in May 2013, where he focused on sex and gender inequality under the law. In law school, he was an active member of the college’s LGBT student organization and worked in support of the school’s first LGBT Civil Rights Conference in 2011. He went on to found the Society for Gender & Law in his second year and represented Chicago-Kent with his teammates at the 2012 Williams Institute Moot Court Competition—a competition dedicated exclusively to legal problems relating to gender identity and sexuality. Kashif spent his 2L summer with the Women’s Law Project in Pittsburgh, where he worked with staff attorneys on a variety of projects ranging from trans-inclusive housing and restroom policies in higher education to sex discrimination in intercollegiate athletics under Title IX. During his 3L year, Kashif wrote as his seminar thesis a critique of institutional liability standards under Title IX in private actions for sexual harassment. In addition, he served for two semesters as a volunteer legal advocate at the Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse, where he aided survivors of intimate and partner violence in petitioning for protective orders. Prior to entering law school, Kashif interned at a Michigan state lawmaker’s office where he connected constituents with state and local resources and conducted policy research. He also volunteered as counselor and trainer at The Listening Ear, a crisis intervention center in East Lansing, MI. Kashif earned his B.A. in Political Science from Michigan State University in 2009.