2019 – Sue Pak
Sue Pak’s commitment to public service and serving vulnerable communities began well before she attended law school. With a Master of Divinity from Trinity International University, Sue worked for almost 13 years in various ministry settings that served low-income, disenfranchised communities. In these roles, she witnessed firsthand the need for these communities to have access to legal services for them to flourish. She knew a law degree could further her calling of serving these communities, and in 2013, she made the decision to attend DePaul University College of Law.
While at DePaul, Sue worked at the Center of Public Interest Law, and also volunteered at a variety of legal aid organizations to gain a deeper understanding of the issues low-income clients face. However, it was her internships that allowed her to work in the area of criminal records that made the largest impact on Sue and her career, ultimately leading her to apply for and receive a Skadden Fellowship working at Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA).
As a Fellow, Sue focused on providing re-entry services to emerging adults who had some interaction with the juvenile or criminal justice systems and lived in the neighborhoods most affected by gun violence. She provided services to expunge and seal records, represented clients in family law court proceedings, and presented Know Your Rights programs to educate emerging adults on their rights. As her fellowship ended, CGLA created the Emerging Adults program, a practice group that focuses on meeting the legal needs of youth and emerging adults and hired Sue as the Supervising Attorney.
Today, Sue continues to tirelessly fight for the rights of her clients in and outside of the courtroom. She gives presentations in the communities that need them the most and provides individual consultations to help clients and their mentors understand the expungement and sealing process. Through the Anderson fellowship, Sue will be able to lessen the burden of her student loans and continue working for the rights of young people in need.