Buffett Fellowships Help Law Students Aid Children

Rising third-year law student Amy Saltzman is troubled by what she described as the “over-criminalization of typical adolescent behavior.”

Salzman, who is working this summer for the Juvenile Trial Division of the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., said school fights that might have been settled with suspensions are now handled by on-campus city police; antagonists are charged with assault.

“It’s easy to be sympathetic to every single client. It’s not hard to want to be on their side,” she said.

Saltzman is one of nine Law School students who have received Buffett Fellowship grants to improve the lives of children from South Brooklyn to Santa Clara, Calif.