The Indian American Bar Association of Chicago Foundation (“IABA Chicago Foundation”) is pleased to announce that Ms. Manpreet Teji, a rising 2L at John Marshall Law School, has been awarded the 2015 IABA Foundation Public Interest Fellowship. Each year, IABA Foundation awards the fellowship to a deserving student pursuing a public interest career who has shown exemplary dedication to the South Asian community’s interests.
This summer, Manpreet will be working for the Federal Defender Program in the Northern District of Illinois where she will assist staff attorneys representing indigent clients. Prior to attending law school, Manpreet volunteered extensively for the Sikh Coalition supporting post 9/11 initiatives. She has also worked as a Program Associate with South Asian Americans Leading Together (“SAALT”), and was selected as the 2014-15 E3! Ambassador for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
The IABA Chicago Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2012 as the charitable arm of the Indian American Bar Association of Chicago. The IABA Chicago Foundation’s mission includes supporting South Asian law students seeking to practice in the area of public interest to improve access to justice to those underprivileged, particularly low- income and disadvantaged individuals in the South Asian community. The IABA Chicago Foundation is proud to support Manpreet’s work this summer.