By Maysa Eissa, Esq. Associate Director of Career Services and Adjunct Professor Susan Quassani (3L) was selected to serve as a participant in the 2013 American Bar Association’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program. Since 2003, the mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program has been to encourage and to provide opportunities to groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession to serve in judicial chambers. After multiple rounds of interviews, Quassani has secured a judicial externship at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas with Judge Kazen in Laredo, Texas for this summer.
From an early age, Quassani knew that she wanted to pursue a career in criminal law. A native of Las Vegas, NV, Quassani earned an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV). Upon graduation from UNLV, Quassani went on to receive a graduate degree in Public Administration at the University of Southern California. There, she gained significant hands-on experience in leadership and public interest organizations, including Public Counsel. Prior to law school, Quassani also spent several years as a legal assistant at a criminal law defense firm and now currently interns with the California Innocence Project. “I am really excited to extern for Judge Kazen this summer. I think it is going to be a great learning opportunity for me. Working at the California Innocence Project and seeing what they do has instilled my desire to be the best criminal defense attorney I can be, and I am confident that this experience will help me better understand how decisions are made and how best to advocate for my future clients.” To learn more about the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, visit: www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/initiatives/good_works/judicial_intern_opportunity_program.html. Congratulations Susan!