Lauren Wert has devoted much of her life to public service. After graduating from college, she entered the Peace Corps and served in Guatemala for two years. When she came back to the U.S., she interned at a non-profit working on immigration issues, and was inspired by several female attorneys there to apply to law school.

“At age 18 I didn’t see myself being a lawyer, but now that I’m in public interest work it makes perfect sense in my trajectory,” she said.

Wert represents unaccompanied minor children through her Justice for All Fellowship with Community Refugee and Immigration Services. She develops relationships to help keep clients engaged throughout the court process

After her fellowship concludes, she plans to stay in public interest work.

“Throughout my whole life public service is something I’ve been called to do,” she said. “I just feel really fulfilled when I’m connected to other people and a part of a community.”