The Center for Access to Justice’s award-winning Pro Bono Program connects students with volunteer legal opportunities to help attorneys represent clients with limited means. It’s a great opportunity for students to learn about a variety of types of law and gain substantive legal experience.
Get to know the students who make up our board:
Alex Estroff, Student Director
Alex is from Marietta, GA and attended the University of Georgia for undergrad, graduating in 2017 with degrees in journalism and political science. Upon graduation, Alex spent a year in Washington, D.C. interning with Congressman John Lewis on Capitol Hill and the ACLU National Prison Project.
At GSU Law, Alex has been active with the Center for Access to Justice, having volunteered with numerous pro bono opportunities and participating in Alternative Spring Break at Stewart Immigration Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA.
Alex is also a member of the Law Review, Moot Court Team, and he is president of the Jewish Law Student Association. (He doesn’t need sleep).
After law school, Alex intends to become a litigator who incorporates pro bono work into his practice. Pro bono work is important to Alex because he feels that lawyers have an obligation to use their skills to help those who cannot otherwise afford representation. Alex considers it a privilege to become an attorney—one that comes with a duty to assist the underserved members of our community.
Martha (Marta) Correa-Jamison, 3L Representative
After graduating from Georgia Tech in 2015, Marta spent a few years working as an immigration paralegal at Greenberg Traurig. She combines her interests to focus her work on indigent criminal and immigration defense while at Georgia State Law.
Since coming to law school, she has interned with the Georgia Innocence Project, City of Atlanta Public Defender, DeKalb County Public Defender, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Marta is a big advocate for quality pro bono work, believing that public service is the best way to gain experience as a law student. Through her work here at the law school, she has had real face-to-face client contact, and practiced interviewing, research and drafting skills.
Veeda Mashayekh, 2L Representative
Veeda attended GSU for undergrad and studied philosophy and political science, which brought her to law school because of her fascination with the study of law in human nature.
She became deeply involved with the Pro Bono Program her first year at GSU and considers it one of the most fulfilling experiences she has had in law school. The opportunity to gain hands-on experience while impacting people who need real, legal help has been an invaluable experience that she highly recommends.
Volunteering at Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Fulton County Family Law Information Center, the Housing Court Assistance Center and more are some of the experiences that provided her an in-depth perspective on various areas of law. Volunteering has also helped her narrow down her areas of interest to find the kinds of experiences she finds most fulfilling. She highly recommends doing pro bono work to anyone and everyone who is exploring to find their area of interest!
Alex Hahn, 1L Representative
Alex grew up in Milwaukee, WI and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (go Badgers!) with a B.A. in political science and criminal justice. In 2011, he joined Teach For America and moved to Atlanta after accepting a teaching job with Atlanta Public Schools. He taught U.S. History and AP U.S. History for five years and then spent the last three years in school operations and administration.
Outside campus, Alex volunteers with the Carrie Steele Pitts group home, serving as a mentor to at-risk youth.
In addition to his involvement with the Pro Bono Program, Alex is a member of the Criminal Justice Society and the Public Interest Law Association.
Upon graduation, he will continue advocating for kids as a public defender in the juvenile justice system and hopefully one day as a family court judge.
He values pro bono work because of a deep-rooted belief that everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, deserves access to quality legal services. He is committed to giving back to the community that made substantial investments in his development and education.
For more information about the Pro Bono Program and to volunteer, visit law.gsu.edu/probono.