In her first year in law school at Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley, Natalie Minev ’10 is volunteering at the California Asylum Representation Clinic. However, this isn’t her first exposure to asylum cases.
“My father [sought] political asylum from Bulgaria,” Minev said. “I grew up hearing his side of the story, but now it’s cool to be on the legal side of the process. His story reveals the power of the American system and the potential it can have.”
At the clinic, Minev serves as a legal advocate for asylum seekers. She is currently paired with another law student and helping a client from Nepal to file his asylum application. “This is an amazing experience to have during your first year of law school,” Minev said. “I really hope to continue my work helping underserved immigrants who want to live in a free society.”
Minev credited her education at LMU with preparing her for law school, in particular the instruction and guidance she received in courses taught by Jodi Finkel, professor of political science.
“Finkel was inspiring yet demanding. But that’s what grad school is all about and what she was preparing us for,” Minev said. “My experience at LMU is what ignited my passion for social justice and for serving the community.”
After law school, Minev hopes to practice public interest, immigration or poverty law.