BLS congratulates Catherine Frizell ‘12 for her selection as an Education Pioneers Fellow for Summer 2011.
Education Pioneers, a national nonprofit that places talented leaders in leadership roles outside of the classroom, received more than 2,000 applications from across the country for just 330 fellowship opportunities. Only ten percent of the accepted applicants are law students, which reflects the breadth of student interests and abilities at BLS.
Frizell, a BLSPI Fellow, logged three years of work experience in the education sector before coming to BLS. In accordance with the fellowship, Frizell will participate in a 10-week summer program that offers high-impact work experience as a project consultant, a set of professional development workshops, and access to a robust network of industry experts and alumni. Almost 70 percent of the alumni go on to work full-time as leaders and managers in the field of education, according to the network.
This summer, Frizell will focus on projects deemed “mission critical” to the education reform movement at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a national non-profit civil rights organization that uses impact litigation to protect the constitutional rights of the pan-Latino community. Frizell will focus on the organization’s immigrants’ rights docket, particularly on cases involving the right to public education and access to higher education. Currently, she is researching litigation issues arising in Aguilar v. ICE, a 4th amendment lawsuit challenging U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's practices of targeting Latinos' homes in the New York area. Frizell was drawn to this issue because the children present in the homes during the early morning para-military style raids were traumatized by witnessing family members and other residents being forcefully arrested and detained by ICE agents.
Prior to law school, Frizell served as a Teach For America Corps Member in Phoenix, Arizona. As an elementary school teacher, Frizell first became aware of the interplay between “discriminatory law and immigration enforcement policies and practices” and educational achievement in immigrant communities. Frizell looks forward to completing projects that aid litigation that spur positive policy reforms, and ultimately create communities where all students can learn and thrive.