Jill Rudge, 2018-2020 Poverty Law Fellow
Selected from a pool of over 60 young lawyers, we are proud to welcome Jill Rudge as our 2018 Poverty Law Fellow. Vermont Legal Aid will host Jill’s two-year fellowship, with a focus on housing-related problems experienced by low income clients with mental health issues, ranging from eviction and access to subsidized housing, to the lack of supportive services that allow people to remain successfully housed.
Jill has just completed an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship at Sanctuary for Families in New York, where she represented survivors of domestic and gender violence facing serious immigration-related legal problems.
Jill is a 2016 cum laude graduate of Brooklyn Law School, where she worked with a wide range of public interest organizations including the Resilience Advocacy Project, Children’s Rights, The Legal Aid Society, Atlas: Developing Immigrant Youth, Brooklyn Defender Services, the Immigrant Defense Project, and the Safe Harbor Project Clinic. She received the Sparer, BLSPI, and Squire Patton Boggs Fellowships in recognition of her commitment to public interest lawyering. She was also the Notes and Comments Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.
Prior to law school, Jill lived and worked in Costa Rica, Australia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste. She has focused on indigenous policy reform, sustainable economic development, and election-monitoring efforts with both government and non-government organizations. She received her B.A. summa cum laude in Anthropology from George Washington University. Jill’s family is Cuban-American from South Florida and Brooklyn, and she speaks Spanish.