2012 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Christine Florick Nishimura
Christine Florick Nishimura
After experiencing as a teacher the educational inequality that exists in this country, especially for minority students, I knew that I wanted to do more to protect children from falling behind and falling victim to the "school-to-prison" pipeline. The majority of children who enter the juvenile justice system are considered functionally illiterate, and many of those children suffer from learning disabilities. The ability to help keep these kids in the classroom and out of jail, has inspired me to commit all of my time and energy to the educational needs of children.
Surviving law school:
I took advantage of everything I could during law school, which allowed me to connect with students, professors, and local attorneys dedicated to public interest work. Together, I was able to start a new student organization that allowed me to connect with local schools and keep my pulse on the current educational issues. This network and foundation kept my passion for public interest alive, and provided even greater fuel to change the world.
Words to live by:
"One person can make a difference, and everyone should try." John F. Kennedy