Summer intern secures restraining order for domestic violence victim

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BOONE · June 18, 2019 – The summer is just getting started, but Kelsey Woods, summer intern in our Boone office, has already had a huge impact on the life of one of our clients.

Our client came to Legal Aid after experiencing horrific violence at the hands of a family member. After several days of intensive training, including mock trials, and observation and practice, Kelsey represented our client at a domestic violence hearing in Wilkes County District Court. She secured a one-year restraining order, allowing our client to have a little bit of peace of mind in the midst of a difficult time. The judge was supremely complimentary of Kelsey’s conduct and practice. She described her as being well spoken and seeming beyond her years.

We are so happy to have Kelsey working with us this summer. She is a rising 3L at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Prior to law school, Kelsey served five years active duty onboard the U.S.S. George H. W. Bush. She is currently serving as a Petty Officer First Class in the United States Naval Reserves.

“Working for Legal Aid is such a rewarding experience because it allows you to directly empower your clients and facilitate positive changes in their lives,” Kelsey said.

While at Legal Aid, MLK interns work under the supervision of seasoned Legal Aid attorneys in our offices and projects across the state, bringing legal theory to life by doing substantive work on real cases for real clients.

Learn more about our MLK Internship Program.