JWLA Kathy Para

Student Internship at JALA

Help provide access to justice in our community by donating to the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association (JWLA) Kathy Para Student Internship Fund at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA)!

JWLA’s mission is to actively promote gender equality in the legal profession, judiciary, and community at large.  Through the creation and funding of this internship, JWLA seeks to promote access to justice, provide substantive legal experience for JWLA’s student membership, and foster a lifelong dedication to pro bono. This internship offers critical legal experience for a student, while also providing needed legal services in our local community. This internship will fund at least one paid part-time intern position for a law student, law school applicant, or undergraduate student considering law school each summer to do the important work of JALA.


Every $10 donated funds 1 hour of student time!


Learn more and DONATE to the JWLA Internship Kathy Para Fund at: http://www.jaxlegalaid.org/JWLA


Tax-deductible donations are made directly to JALA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal services organization.

Thank you for your support!

In January 2019, JWLA renamed the internship in honor of Kathy Bliss Para to recognize her lifelong commitment to service, mentorship, and serving the underserved. Kathy Para retired from JALA as Pro Bono Director in 2019.


 Applications from Law Students, Law School Applicants, and Undergraduate Students considering law school will be accepted until May 31, 2022

Read the job description here. Review the application details here.

Questions? Email Alexandra Ritucci

Meet the 2021 JWLA Kathy Para Intern at JALA:

Tomi Olunuga

Tomi Olunuga is a law student at Florida A&M University College of Law and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida. Tomi is currently a George C. Inn student representative and the President of the Federal Bar Association, where she has been able to create Judicial panels and outreach opportunities for students. Tomi is passionate about healthcare and looks forward to working in compliance and regulatory work to provide quality legal representation in the health field.

"Participating in the student internship at JALA was a wonderful experience. I was able to get hands-on experience and create amazing connections with women in the legal field who have helped and advised me even past the internship."

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Meet the 2020 JWLA Kathy Para Intern at JALA:

Camille Weal-Thomas

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Camille Weal-Thomas is a student at Florida Coastal School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree from Rowan University. Prior to law school, Camille was enlisted as a Military Police Officer in the United States Navy in Kings Bay, Georgia specializing in strategic asset protection. Camille aspires to make a difference in Jacksonville and assist the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association in its mission!

Meet the 2019 JWLA Kathy Para Intern at JALA:

Meagan Pearson


Meagan Pearson is a law student at Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree from St. Petersburg College. Prior to law school, Meagan was a paralegal for the City of Jacksonville and a number of private law firms. She volunteers with an income tax assistance program and duval county schools. She is also a member of Toastmasters International. She is interested in working at JALA to ensure justice and quality legal representation for all members of our community. 

Meet the 2018 JWLA Kathy Para Intern at JALA:

Christianne Wolfsen

Christianne L. Wolfsen is a joint J.D./M.P.P. student at University of Florida Levin College of Law and Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute. She graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Chinese Language Studies and Econmics.  Prior to law school, Ms. Wolfsen participated in Teach for America and was a math teacher at Andrew Jackson Senior High School here in Jacksonville.