Michael Pope ’10 was awarded a two-year Equal Justice Works Fellowship as the new Director of the Community Youth Reentry Project (CYRP) at the non-profit organization, Youth Represent. Pope’s passion for social justice is what brought him to Brooklyn Law School. “I came here because there was a strong focus on public interest, and there was financial support for those who seriously want to work in the field,” Pope said.
At the CYRP Pope will spearhead community-based legal representation to youth under age 24 seeking successful reentry into society after being in the court system or in jail. His efforts will partner with others in community-based organizations who provide social, educational, and employment services to court-involved youth.
“Providing legal advocacy, information and services in a way that identifies with youth is essential to ensure these young people have every possible chance to succeed,” Pope said. “This project does just that--it recognizes young people as a group in need of unique reentry advocacy. I’ve always wanted to do public interest work. I want to fall asleep knowing that I’ve done something in that day or that week that has improved the life of someone else.”
While attending BLS, Pope was a Sparer Public Interest Fellow and served on the National Moot Court Honor Society. He was nominated to the Order of the Barristers and received many awards, including the Judge I. Leo Glasser Prize, Carswell Scholarship and Gerald Director Scholarship. During Law School, Pope interned with many non-profit law firms, including Brooklyn Defender Services, the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice, and the Bronx Defenders Civil Action Practice.
The Equal Justice Works Fellowship program is the largest postgraduate legal fellowship program in the country.
Youth Represent is a juvenile justice and reentry non-profit organization based in New York City.