2018 Carl L. McConnell Summer Fellowship




The 10-week Summer Fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend.

Hours per week





330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 123
Redwood City, CA
United States


The fellowship is named in memory of Carl L. McConnell, who had a special connection with the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County throughout his career. Following his graduation from Yale Law School in 1968, Carl came to Legal Aid for three years as a Reginald Heber Smith Community Law Fellow. After two years directing the Health Law Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania, he returned to Legal Aid, where he served as a Managing Attorney for seven years. In 1980, Carl and two other former Legal Aid attorneys formed a law partnership, and they practiced together in Palo Alto for sixteen years. From 1996 until his retirement in 2010, Carl was of counsel at Hoge, Fenton, Jones and Appel in San Jose. During his years in private practice, he maintained close ties to Legal Aid, providing advice on complex matters of litigation, and he received Legal Aid’s Guardian of Justice Award in 2002.

This fellowship, generously funded in Carl’s memory by his friends and colleagues, reflects Carl’s commitment to legal services for those with limited resources, fundamental principles as an attorney—integrity, social justice, and fairness—and dedication to mentoring.

Legal Aid is inviting current law students to work with and learn from our attorneys in our established housing, immigration or Medical-Legal Partnership programs. The 2018 Carl L. McConnell Summer Fellow will work with Legal Aid attorneys for 10 weeks in one of the following areas:

  • Housing, direct services intern: Assist with tenant counseling at community clinics and eviction defense litigation (court experience for certified law students).
  • Housing, anti-displacement policy support: Assist with collection and analysis of data from eviction case records to support periodic reporting and policy recommendations.
  • Immigration, direct services intern: Assist with legal services to low-income immigrants in the areas of immigration law (U Visas, VAWA, immigrant legal defense and family based adjustments) and obtaining access to public benefits.
  • Peninsula Family Advocacy Project, direct services and systems-change intern: Work with a multi-disciplinary team through our Medical-Legal Partnership to use legal strategies to address the social determinants of health for low-income children and families. Summer fellows will assist in the direct representation of low-income clients on a range of issues, including assistance with public benefits, special education, and access to health care. Fellows will also work on systems issues, including increasing access to health care for low-income children. Fellows will meet regularly with medical providers and clients. 


  • Currently enrolled in law school (first and second year students welcome to apply)
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law
  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English preferred, but not required, for immigration fellowship

How To Apply


Email a cover letter that includes your area of interest, resume, and a letter of

reference to: fellowships@legalaidsmc.org.