David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy

Student Garners Skadden Fellowship, Will Focus on Eviction Defense in L.A.

20171220 LarkenYackulicA third-year student at UCLA School of Law has won a coveted 2018 Skadden Fellowship, one of the nation’s highest honors for law school graduates who seek to practice public interest law.

Larken Yackulic ’18, will work at the Inner City Law Center in Los Angeles as part of the Skadden Fellowship Program, through which she will receive a full salary and benefits for two years, following her graduation next May. She will offer eviction-defense representation, tackling issues that lead to homelessness, such as unlawful eviction actions, domestic violence and lack of access to benefits. She will also collaborate with social workers and case managers to address non-legal causes of housing insecurity. “My project takes a housing-first approach, meaning that our primary goal is to keep the client housed,” she says.

The Skadden Fellowship Program was established by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom to foster the work of graduating law students who offer legal services to poor, elderly, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged people. Since its founding in 1988, the prestigious program has launched the careers of 820 top public interest lawyers, including more than two dozen UCLA Law graduates. UCLA Law students are consistently included in the program’s annual roster of new fellows.

Yackulic is a student in UCLA Law’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, one of the nation’s most innovative and successful law school programs dedicated to training students to represent traditionally underserved individuals, communities and interests.

At UCLA Law, Yackulic is an executive director of the El Centro Legal Clinics, the law school’s student-run network of volunteer legal aid clinics. She has also served as a chair of the Landlord-Tenant Clinic at UCLA Law, which collaborates with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles to help low-income tenants who are at risk of eviction. Before law school, she worked on behalf of tenants in Montana.

“The Skadden Fellowship Program will give Larken the tremendous opportunity to work with a great organization, the Inner City Law Center, and help people who are at risk of homelessness in Los Angeles,” says Professor Ingrid Eagly, faculty director of the Epstein Program. “We are thrilled that the Skadden Program one again recognized the dedication and talent of our Epstein students.”

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