Rising second-year law student Sarah Tibbitts is spending her summer working as a legal intern for the League of Women Voters United States, a nonpartisan, nonprofit national organization that works to protect and expand voting access through advocacy, litigation and education.
As a member of the litigation team, Tibbitts is attending meetings with partner organizations, assisting with legal research, creating social media content about ongoing litigation and conducting research for the League’s issue areas.
“Thus far in my internship, I’ve been surprised by how much I use civil procedure—knowing the various steps involved in the development of a trial has been helpful,” Tibbitts said. “I’ve really enjoyed getting to spend time at a nonprofit that focuses on voting rights and voter access.”
When she’s back on campus at Case Western Reserve, Tibbitts is involved in several student organizations. She serves as president of the Student Public Interest Law Fellowship—a group that provides scholarships for law students pursuing otherwise-unpaid public interest internships—and is the community engagement chair of the Jewish Law Student Association, which brings Jewish law students together for celebrations of religious holidays, mixers and speakers around issues of anti-semitism and human rights. Tibbitts is also involved with Law Students for Reproductive Freedom, serving as the social media chair.
“Each of these organizations is incredibly important to me and my law school experience,” she shared.
Tibbitts is pursuing a career in public interest law, aiming to work either as an attorney at a social justice-oriented nonprofit or as a public defender. She is also taking this summer as an opportunity to explore our nation’s capital.
“Washington, D.C., is a city that I have spent time in before and really enjoy,” she said. “It’s a great place for young people, especially for someone interested in public policy and social justice. I would love to return to D.C. after law school!”