Author: Kelsey Grimes (LAW '17)

Why I Chose a Fellowship as My Path to the Profession

This March, I was honored to be selected as a Federal Fellow as part of the Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program sponsored by If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. I will complete a one-year policy fellowship at Unite for Reproductive Justice and Gender Equity (URGE) in Washington, D.C. I am currently on the Board of Temple’s chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, where we advocate to ensure that people can decide, if, when, and how to create and sustain families. URGE is a youth-based reproductive justice organization that advocates parenting with dignity, abortion access, health and wellness, sex positivity, and civic engagement. In this Voices post, I’ll discuss why I decided to pursue policy work instead of direct service work, why I pursued a fellowship, and the pros and cons of fellowships as the next step after graduating from law school. Fellowships are well worth the effort because they are an excellent way to start a legal career, and place you within a network of other fellows with whom you can build relationships. Direct service or …

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My Philly Neighborhood: West Philadelphia

I have lived in Philadelphia for the past three and a half years. During my first two years in Philly, I lived in Center City. While I enjoyed it there, I always thought that the rent prices were a bit of a rip off and, because I’m not much of a city girl, I missed being around trees. While visiting some friends who lived in West Philly, I noticed the charming old Victorian homes, and all of the gorgeous green space. I was delighted by how quiet the area was and decided to look into living there.