Cherina Clark gets spot in the 2014 National NAACP’s Law Fellows Program

4/24/2014, 6 a.m. | Updated on 4/24/2014, 6 a.m.
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Cherina Clark, a resident of Hyde Park and a first year law student at Suffolk University Law School, was offered a position in the 2014 National NAACP’s Law Fellows Program. Clark is a graduate (magna cum laude) of Hampton University and active in the Black Law Students Association and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

Over the past two years, she has volunteered for the Boston NAACP and developed a passion for civil rights law through her work on discrimination complaints and voter engagement activities.

“I am excited and anxious to have the opportunity to work on some of the most critical legal issues of our time, including protecting our right to vote,” said Clark. “My work with the Boston NAACP has exposed me to the urgency for new and aspiring lawyers, like me, to lend our training and talents to the unfinished business of the civil rights movement.”

Throughout its 105-year history, the NAACP has offered attorneys the opportunity to make significant, historic contributions to the field of civil rights law. Past NAACP attorneys include Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall, Constance Baker-Motely, Robert Carter and Nathaniel Jones. In this tradition, the NAACP seeks to inspire attorneys to enter the field of civil rights law and to provide broad exposure to various strategies utilized by grass roots civil rights organizations.

The NAACP Law Fellows Program, funded through the Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund, is designed to give students who have completed at least one year of law school the opportunity to work for the summer at NAACP Headquarters in Baltimore, Md. This year, the NAACP Law Fellows Program celebrates its 12th anniversary.