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Alicia entered Northeastern determined to make an impact as an environmental lawyer.

But during her third co-op, she had the opportunity to provide legal aid to Navajo tribal members in Arizona — and she realized how much she enjoys using her skills to assist others. “My goal is to help people navigate legal issues to receive fair and equal treatment under the law,” says Alicia, who accepted a post-graduate position with a co-op employer, DNA People’s Legal Services.

“Through my co-ops, I was able to figure out where to focus my career,” says Alicia, who earned a dual-degree JD/MA through the School of Law’s program with Vermont Law School. “But more than that, I learned how to be a lawyer — how to file cases, work with clients, deal with complex situations and emergencies. Studying law doesn’t teach you how to handle all of that — practicing does.”

Today, Alicia works with Health Choice Integrated Care, where she investigates Medicaid claim disputes, civil rights violation allegations in mental health facilities and managed care service denials.

Co-op 1

US Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Appeals Board (EAB), Washington, DC

Alicia assisted lawyers in conducting research, created digests of issues within EAB cases and drafted a proposed decision for the board.


  • Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
  • Student Bar Association 

Co-op 2

Center for Biological Diversity, San Francisco

Alicia researched and drafted legal memoranda on a variety of topics, including the Clean Water Act and hydraulic fracturing.


  • Administrative Law
  • Animal Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Evidence
  • Federal Courts and the Federal System
  • State and Local Government
  • Legal Interviewing and Counseling

Research Assistant

Alicia worked with Professor Lee Breckenridge on research related to Massachusetts’ water law.

Co-op 3

DNA People’s Legal Services, Tuba City, Arizona

Alicia worked on a Navajo reservation in northern Arizona, helping tribal members — many of whom lacked official identification papers — through legal issues including divorce, name changes and child custody.


Poverty Law and Practice

With a collaborative group of her peers led by Professor Jim Rowan, Alicia gained experience working on unemployment and welfare cases.

Co-op 4

Bay Area Legal Aid, Oakland, California

Working within the firm’s domestic violence practice area, Alicia was able to accompany Bay Area Legal Aid lawyers in the courtroom. She witnessed effective litigation techniques firsthand, from cross-examining hostile witnesses to making strong closing arguments.  

After Graduation

Staff Attorney, DBA Program, DNA People’s Legal Services, Tuba City, Arizona


Grievance System Administrator, Health Choice Integrated Care, Flagstaff, Arizona


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