This spring, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation team was joined by three talented and dedicated interns. Learn more about our Spring 2020 interns, the projects they've been working on, and why equal access to justice matters to them.
Pictured above, from left to right:
Name: Isabella Zanoni
Hometown: Altoona, PA
Education: Junior at Temple University, studying Public Relations
Most interesting thing I learned while working at the Philadelphia Bar Foundation: I didn't realize how much and how many different communities rely on the services of the nonprofits funded by the Bar Foundation until my internship.
Why I care about equal access to justice: Going to school in Philadelphia has exposed me to people of all different backgrounds, and I believe all people should have the same access to justice, no matter where they come from.
Name: Erica Mannino
Hometown: York, PA
Education: Junior at Temple University, studying Criminal Justice
Most interesting thing I learned while working at the Philadelphia Bar Foundation: The most interesting thing I learned was how expansive the nonprofit and legal aid sector is in Philadelphia. These organizations work hand in hand to aid the city of Philadelphia, and the EJC will only enhance the work being done.
Why I care about equal access to justice: I care about equal access to justice because it is a core belief in our country, and a person's race, socioeconomic status, or academic achievement should not stand in their way of it.
Name: Brooklyn Gerth
Hometown: Doylestown, PA
Education: Senior at Temple University, studying Sociology and Gender Studies
Most interesting thing I learned while working at the Philadelphia Bar Foundation:
The most interesting thing I learned while working at the Philadelphia Bar Foundation is the extent to which the Foundation is dedicated to the opening of the Equal Justice Center! Since the beginning of my internship with the Bar Foundation, I have seen commitment to public service in the form of advocacy and in the drive to open the Equal Justice Center. I think that the Foundation's work towards the EJC shows a true devotion to equal access to justice!
Why I care about equal access to justice:
I care about equal access to justice because for many, the legal system can be extremely difficult to navigate. Equal access to justice is about more than the Philadelphia legal system and how the public interacts with it; it is about recognizing the barriers to adequate legal aid and providing Philadelphians with essential resources that improve their quality of life and interactions with the legal system.