Gearing Up for the Future with the Help of Manhattan Justice Opportunities

I am fervently passionate about criminal justice reform, more specifically the end of mass incarceration, the school to prison pipeline, and recidivism rates within Black and Brown communities. That being said, I have had an immensely rewarding experience at Manhattan Justice Opportunities thus far; I have already gotten a chance to shadow court procedures, legal clinical intakes, and client group sessions.

My long-term career goal is to open a non-profit organization that addresses these systemic issues within our country. Manhattan Justice Opportunities will grant me the necessary experience of working at a legal non-profit organization that closely resembles what I’d like to accomplish in the future. During my internship, I will be expanding upon my knowledge on topics such as restorative justice, drug diversion programs, and other alternatives to incarceration, all of which tackle the broader issue of mass incarceration and recidivism rates within our country.

Additionally, as a future criminal defense attorney, it is imperative for me to learn more about the alternative routes to incarceration, since incarceration is not the only, nor the best, solution for every individual who enters the criminal justice system. Manhattan Justice Opportunities has perfected an individualized process that prioritizes the needs of each client within their organization. This organization focuses on the betterment of their clients rather than financial compensation, which is a mindset that every lawyer should have and one that I hope to apply in my future practices.

Tiannah Adams ’22
Psychology

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4 Responses to Gearing Up for the Future with the Help of Manhattan Justice Opportunities

  1. Christina Alfano says:

    It sounds like you’re really getting a lot out of your internship! Out of the court procedures, legal clinical intakes, and client group sessions that you’ve sat in on which do you think is the most interesting? I usually don’t hear of people wanting to be defense attorneys, but the role they play in helping people is very important. I really admire your career goal, I hope it becomes reality.

  2. Sam Marranca says:

    Hi Tiannah,

    I can tell from your blog that you’re working in your element right now. I’m so happy to hear about the wonderful work that you are doing with your firm; alternatives routes to incarceration are so important and I believe in their potential to change this country for the better. I’m glad that MJO is meeting your needs as an intern and that you plan to establish your own organization that will focus on similar issues. I agree, as a future attorney myself, that working for the betterment of your client supersedes the financial aspect. Best of luck as you continue this inspiring work!

  3. Jillian Haller says:

    It seems like you have found an internship that aligns perfectly with your career goals! It is so interesting to hear from someone who hopes to become a defense attorney, and I can tell you really have a passion for advocating for those who cannot themselves. Your ambitious goals are truly inspiring, and I wish you the best of luck with the continuation of your work!

  4. Kathleen Wallace says:

    Tiannah, your work at Manhattan Justice Opportunities seems informative and fulfilling! I love your focus on helping the client (and not on making money). I also hope to be a lawyer (and maybe even a defense attorney) some day, and I’m inspired by your commitment to criminal justice reform and being dedicated to your clients. Wishing you all the best in your legal career pursuits!

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