Student receives fellowship to serve legal needs of Cambodia’s poor

Student receives fellowship to serve legal needs of Cambodia's poor University of South Dakota School of Law student Laura Shattuck was named an Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellow.

Through the fellowship, Shattuck will spend the summer in Cambodia working with the Legal Aid of Cambodia (LAC), a non-governmental organization that is dedicated to serving the legal needs of Cambodia's poor. Shattuck's focus will be on victims of human trafficking.

Shattuck hopes the opportunity will provide a real world educational experience that will aid her throughout a career dedicated to human rights in the U.S. and internationally.

"I hope to gain a greater appreciation of the human rights issues that plague our world.�I want to learn more about human trafficking and what can be done to combat this problem.�Professionally, I hope the internship will guide me as I decide to focus my legal studies and career on international or domestic human rights issues," said Shattuck.

Shattuck's desire to help human rights victims was confirmed when she learned about Cambodia's tremendous need for legal professionals.

�From 1975-1979, Cambodia's legal system was completely decimated by the Pol Pot regime.�In 1979, only a handful of legal personnel remained in the country. Legal Aid of Cambodia, the organization Shattuck will be working for, began providing legal services for the poor in 1995.�

Shattuck is obtaining her joint juris doctorate and master of public administration at USD. At the law school, she is part of NALSA (Native American Law Students Association) and sits on the domestic violence subcommittee of the Women in Law organization.�She was recently named a new member of the S.D. Law Review.

Shattuck is the daughter of Ron and Darlene Shattuck of Gregory.

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