November 13, 2008
Third-year student Rachel Seger has received the Queens County Women’s Bar Association Faith E. O’Neal Scholarship. The award will be presented at the Bar Association’s annual Judiciary Night on Wednesday, Nov. 12.
The $1,000 scholarship is given to two aspiring attorneys each year who are devoted to public service practice and who either live in Queens or attend law school in the county.
Rachel is currently in the Immigration and Refugee Rights Clinic, and a member of the New York City Law Review. She also serves as a fellow for the new Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality at CUNY Law. Rachel received a B.A. in Social Thought and Political Economy, and Spanish, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before attending law school, she was a delegate on the Amherst-La Paz Centro Sister City Project in La Paz Centro, Nicaragua. She also facilitated a parent support group for Latina mothers and a youth empowerment program at Gerena Community School in Springfield, Massachusetts.
During law school, she has clerked for the judges of the Hampden Juvenile Court in Springfield, Massachusetts and worked at the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project in Flushing. Honored to receive a Charles Revson Public Interest Fellowship Grant in 2008, Rachel worked at Queens Legal Services, representing low-income clients in disability and unemployment hearings, researching housing and consumer cases, and attending immigration community events.
Faith O’Neal, in whose honor the scholarship has been given since 2005, died suddenly that year. She was a graduate of Yale University and New York University School of Law. Ms. O’Neal started her legal career at the Legal Aid Society in the Criminal Appeals Bureau. Prior to joining the Criminal Court Law Department in 2001, she worked as a Court Attorney in New York Supreme Court, Civil Term and before that, in Queens Supreme Court, Criminal Term, for the Honorable Pearle Appelman.