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2022 Summer Intern Reflections – Gabby
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Working at GJP for the past eight weeks, there has been no shortage of new experiences for me, and most of them have left a lasting impression. On our very first day, I recall our supervisor Dominque sat down with the undergrad interns , looked us in the eyes, and said, “Never cut someone off when they’re explaining their situation to you. There are ways to get to the information you need by redirecting them, but you should never just … read more 2022 Summer Intern Reflections – Gabby

2022 Summer Intern Reflections – Zach
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My time spent at Georgia Justice Project has produced some of the most enriching experiences of my life. From talking to directly impacted individuals who are attempting to expunge their record, to helping attorneys and our policy team ensure that SB105 is properly implemented to assist with individuals seeking early termination of their felony probation, I have learned to see criminal justice reform from a completely new perspective. Additionally, being a part of weekly lunch-and-learns with a variety of speakers … read more 2022 Summer Intern Reflections – Zach

2022 Summer Intern Reflections – Shaun
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Call me crazy, but when I started law school, I didn’t necessarily see myself practicing law one day—at least in any traditional sense. I was most interested in community organizing and social movement building and using whatever tools and perspectives I may gain in law school to contribute to building power around neglected communities and progressive movements, especially those oriented around police and prison abolition. Soon after starting, though, I learned of holistic public defense—the combination of indigent criminal defense … read more 2022 Summer Intern Reflections – Shaun

2022 Summer Intern Reflections – Emily
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At the beginning of my internship with Georgia Justice Project, one of personal goals was to end the summer feeling reinvigorated before heading into my last year of law school. From the very first week of my internship, GJP demonstrated to me that that goal was achievable. Over this summer, I have been struck by GJP’s intentionality and values, particularly their value of optimism. Optimism truly does permeate the atmosphere at GJP. There is a culture at GJP of looking … read more 2022 Summer Intern Reflections – Emily

2022 Summer Intern Reflections – Jack
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Many people are now aware of our nation’s issue of mass incarceration and injustice within the criminal legal system. It can be easy to dismiss these structural issues as too complicated or entrenched to be dismantled. However, interning with the Georgia Justice Project has opened my eyes to the grassroots effort to combat injustice within our legal system while supporting individuals and their families throughout this struggle. I knew I wanted to be a part of this effort as soon … read more 2022 Summer Intern Reflections – Jack


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