Aug. 14, 2018 – Nearly a year has passed since Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and surrounding areas, but the need for legal representation among storm victims remains significant. Lauren Masullo, a 2016 alumna of the University of Houston Law Center, is one of the attorneys at the forefront of storm victims' legal recovery needs.
Masullo was recently selected to the Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Corps, a two-year fellowship program that places 21 attorneys throughout Texas and Florida to work at legal services organizations to serve the hardest-hit communities and areas.
Masullo will be hosted by Lone Star Legal Aid, where she will provide direct legal services to low-income individuals who were impacted by Harvey. She will also conduct community outreach in disaster-affected areas. Masullo's component of the fellowship project focuses on clients who are facing potential home foreclosures.
"I am very honored and excited to be selected for this opportunity," Masullo said. "I hope to help people impacted by Hurricane Harvey to rebuild their lives and overcome the challenges they're facing as survivors of the disaster."
Masullo's work with Lone Star Legal Aid began during a summer internship in 2015. After graduating from the Law Center, she rejoined Lone Star as a UHLC Public Interest Graduate Fellow. She has since worked with Lone Star as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Elder Justice AmeriCorps Program, as a staff attorney in the Crime Victims Unit, and as a staff attorney in the Disaster Relief Unit.
As a member of the Law Center's part-time program, Masullo came to law school with the ambition of doing public interest work in the housing sector. Having accomplished her goal, Masullo said she hopes to continue practicing public interest law and encourages students with an interest in that area to pursue internships and other opportunities.
"Public interest law is a viable career option," Masullo said. "It's rewarding and you really get to make a difference in people's lives. Students should definitely consider public interest law a worthwhile career option and give it a try."