SU student named 2015 Goldmark Equal Justice Intern

November 26, 2014

Ingrid ZerpaIngrid R. Zerpa, a 3L at Seattle University School of Law who has been active in social justice work, received the 2015 Goldmark Equal Justice Internship offered through the Legal Foundation of Washington. She will complete a paid, 10-week summer internship with Successful Transition and Reentry (STAR) Project in Walla Walla, Washington.

The STAR Project serves individuals with felony convictions who have recently been released from prison. Most have significant Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) that impede their integration. Zerpa will work with STAR staff to complete assessment interviews of clients who receive Social Security income or disability, make determinations, and complete forms for either waiver or re-evaluation of their legal financial obligations.

She will conduct background research and give rights and obligations presentations. With guidance from Supervising Attorney Dan Clark, she can accompany clients in Superior or Municipal Courts. Her language skills will aid Spanish-speaking clients.

Zerpa earned her B.A. in criminal justice from San Francisco State University and has been active in several organizations at the law school. She interned with the Foreclosure Mediation and Outreach Project at Snohomish County Legal Services, where she helped represent tenants at eviction proceedings.

She interns with the Northwest Justice Project's Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team, where she helps people who were victims of loan scams. She also is enrolled in the Mortgage Mediation Practicum class, where she is interning at the Northwest Justice Project's Foreclosure Prevention Unit. She has participated in every FMOP program available.

"Ingrid is passionate about public interest and is committed to serving underserved or otherwise vulnerable communities," said Angeline Thomas '11, FMOP staff attorney. "We are very proud to have one of our own selected for this prestigious internship."