August 10, 2018
The New York Bar Foundation
1 Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207

Dear Sir or Madam:

            I would like to begin this letter today by thanking you for awarding me a fellowship that has given me the opportunity to work in a field of law that has always interested me. I am very appreciative of the fact that this fellowship has not only allowed me growth and experience, but it has given me the opportunity to work in an area that is truly making an impact.

            I began my summer internship at Prisoners’ Legal Services without any knowledge of immigration law, and I am now leaving with a well-rounded understanding of what immigration law entails. I have learned how to write legal briefs involving immigration issues, which has allowed me to become a stronger writer each day. I have learned the different types of reliefs that could be available to individuals in immigration proceedings and the type of research that comes with cases of individuals facing deportation. At Prisoners’ Legal Services, I received the opportunity to feel like part of the team by attending hearings, doing client intakes, conducting my own research, and meeting many of the clients, which has provided me with a valuable space to work on my communication skills.

            From my summer at Prisoners’ Legal Services, I have gained invaluable experience that has allowed me to confidently believe that immigration law is an area I should continue to work in. Once again, I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to learn from the staff and supervising attorneys at Prisoners’ Legal Services and for giving me the opportunity to find my true calling in immigration law.


Jessica Ventura