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3L Brad Cunningham named Tzedek DC/Equal Justice Works fellow for 2019-2020

Wednesday, October 16, 2019  
Posted by: UDC Law Staff
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From left, Levinson-Waldman, Tzedek DC Staff Attorney Amelia French, Cunningham, Tzedek DC Associate Director Sarah Hollender, UDC Law Dean Renee M. Hutchins, and EJW Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow Bianca Smith

In August, 3L Brad Cunningham was selected as the Tzedek DC Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Law Student Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year. The program, announced in April 2018 pursuant to a two-year, $128,000 grant from Equal Justice Works (EJW), provides fellows the opportunity to work under the guidance of Tzedek DC staff attorneys to provide support to survivors of fraud, identity theft and financial abuse associated with intimate partner violence. Cunningham will also assist Tzedek DC on legal, policy and community education work in the District.

Cunningham worked previously with Tzedek DC as a Rauh Summer Fellow during his 1L summer. Both Cunningham and Tzedek DC President and Director-Counsel Ariel Levinson-Waldman are excited to continue their professional relationship. “It is a privilege to work with Tzedek DC for a second time,” Cunningham said, “and I look forward to assisting crime victims with access to justice and making a positive impact on the greater DC community.” Levinson-Waldman shared his enthusiasm for Cunningham’s appointment as well as the partnership between Tzedek DC and UDC Law, stating, “Brad has already proven himself at Tzedek DC through the terrific prior work he did as an intern with us, and we are delighted to welcome him as a Student Fellow and to continue to deepen our partnership with [UDC Law], where more than 25 law students have worked with Tzedek DC in the past two years.”

According to Tzedek’s original announcement of the program, “the Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellowship Program is a program designed to increase access to civil legal assistance for crime victims, particularly victims of human trafficking, fraud or identity theft, campus sexual assault, hate crimes and immigrant victims of crime.” Levinson-Waldman explains the importance of addressing these areas of the law, “Nearly all intimate partner violence is accompanied by some form of financial abuse as well, as recently highlighted by the powerful public campaign spearheaded by Serena Williams. This Fellowship allows Tzedek DC to increase our capacity to serve survivors of this dual form of abuse, as well as victims of identity theft, scams and other financial crimes.”


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