The Georgia Innocence Project welcomes the 2023 summer interns. Coming from different parts of the United States, the group of individuals unite to bring their unique backgrounds and skill sets to tackle the injustices within our criminal legal system. Together, they are united by a common passion for addressing wrongful convictions.
Here are our wonderful interns!
My name is Noor Abdallah (she/her) and I am the communications intern at GIP. I am a fourth-year criminal justice, journalism, and sociology major at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. I am excited to work with GIP and educate people about wrongful convictions and the criminal legal system!
My name is Galilee Barron (she/her) and I am a third year at Boston University. I’m majoring in education with a concentration in youth justice and advocacy (and minoring in philosophy). I am GIP’s community engagement intern where I work in interacting with the public and raise awareness to GIP’s work. I am interning at GIP to help raise awareness on the numerous inequities within the criminal legal system.
I am Rochelle Bogle (she/her). I am a rising third year law student at LSU Law. I currently serve as the President of the Black Law Students Association and I am also a member of LSU Law’s Board of Advocates and Public Interest Law Society. Post-law school, I would like to pursue a career in litigation, primarily immigration and criminal litigation and post-conviction work. Interning at the Georgia Innocence Project this summer has been one of the best learning opportunities for me, as I have been gaining hands-on experience learning all stages of post-conviction work. GIP does very important work, and I am honored to have been a small part of it.
Hi, my name is Christian Brown (he/him)! I attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham, majoring in Political Science. I am an Intake Intern with the Georgia Innocence Project for the Summer of 2023. As an intern with GIP, I can assist in confronting the legal and procedural challenges that result in wrongful convictions in efforts to enrich the justice system as a whole.
I’m Maisey Brown (she/her), a senior at the Paideia School, and I work as an intake intern at GIP. I am also the Editor-in-Chief of my school newspaper, captain of the mock trial team, and a member of the varsity swim team. I became interested in working with GIP after hearing an exonerated person speak at my school. I am passionate about social justice, and in addition to working with GIP, I enjoy volunteering at the Metro-Atlanta Transitional Center, farming with people incarcerated there.
Hi, I am Audrey Melillo (she/her) and I am a rising junior at the University of Michigan studying Public Policy and Computer Science. This summer, I am working as a Screening and Intake Intern at GIP. I am particularly passionate about public interest work and civil rights law, and am so grateful to pursue this advocacy work through the Georgia Innocence Project!
Hi, I am Carolyn Paul (she/her). I am a law intern with GIP and a rising 2L at Emory University School of Law. I graduated from Georgia State University with degrees in Philosophy and Political Science. At Emory, I am a staff member of the Emory Law Journal and a student attorney with the Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic. I am interning with GIP because I am passionate about the intersection between mass incarceration and race, class, and gender. After law school, I hope to work in post-conviction advocacy!
My name is Hank Standaert (he/they), and I am originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. I am a rising second year at Emory University, studying Quantitative Sciences with a concentration in Political Science. When I’m not in the library studying, you can find me competing in a Mock Trial tournament or working at a polling station. This summer, I am assisting GIP in summarizing official misconduct data and studying patterns and trends across cases to strategize about community education initiatives, policy reforms, and litigation tactics.
Hi, I am Amanda Wendler (she/her), a rising third year at Emory University studying Political Science. I am working as an Accountability Research Intern at GIP this summer. I enjoy learning more about GIP’s cases and the important work being done here. I am excited to continue exploring innocence work and official misconduct throughout my time at GIP and through my studies.
My name is Alexis Young (she/her) and I am a second-year law student at Georgia State University, pursuing both a law degree and a Master’s in Business Administration. I earned my BA in Sociology and Human Rights from Columbia University, where I worked in areas like food security, youth development, and affordable housing in New York City. Before working at GIP, I did an immersive clerkship at the Fulton County Superior Court and was recently appointed to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of my law school’s Student Bar Association. I am thrilled to be a law Intern this summer and am excited to advance the goals of GIP.