Project HEAL Trainees

Project HEAL Alumni Highlight

W. Ben Jackson III

Ben Jackson- Project HEAL alumBen is currently serving as a Disability Policy Fellow for 2014-2015 at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Prior to that, he was a law clerk at Project HEAL where he directly advocated for his clients at Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings and drafted complaints to the Maryland State Department of Education for alleged violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (2004).

In his current role, he will promote AUCD's goals by participating in meetings with Congressional offices. Ben also plans to attend the 142nd American Public Health Association (APHA) meeting in New Orleans to present his work with Project HEAL.

Ethan Han

Ethan Han Project HEAL law traineeLaw Trainee, Fall 2014
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Ethan is currently a third-year student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, specializing primarily in health law. Over the past summer, he worked at Dimensions Healthcare System in their Office of General Counsel, where he researched and drafted memoranda for the hospital on matters such as contract analysis, labor law, corporate agency, and the ACA.

Ethan also spends time serving on the executive board of several student organizations at his law school, including the Student Health Law Organization (SHLO) and the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA). Prior to law school, he attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with a degree in political science.


Frederick E. Curtis II

Frederick Curtis Project HEAL law traineeLaw Trainee, Fall 2014
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law 

Frederick E. Curtis II is a third-year law student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Fred attended the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga., where he earned a Bachelor of Science in political science. After law school, Fred is interested in pursuing education law, international law, and child advocacy. Fred also hopes to give back to his community through public service.


Ashley Woolard

Ashley WoolardLaw Trainee, Fall 2014
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Ashley Woolard is a third year law student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She is currently a student attorney in the Health Care Delivery & HIV/AIDS Clinic, assisting individuals with HIV/AIDS in healthcare, housing, and family law matters.

Ashley has completed internships with The Judicial Institute of Maryland, Johns Hopkins Office of the General Counsel (Risk Management), and the Maryland Disability Law Center in the Adult Mental Health Unit. She is serving as the Co-Vice President of the Maryland Public Interest Law Project, a student-run 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Ashley earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology (concentration in family) from Georgia State University with a minor in psychology.


Hilary Tebeleff

Hilary TebeleffLaw Trainee, Fall 2014
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Hilary Tebeleff is a second-year law student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and a former Teach For America high school science teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hilary was a Project HEAL law clerk last year and has returned for her third semester this fall after a summer law clerk position with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender- Juvenile Protection Division. Hilary aspires to work in education law and child advocacy.

She is a staff member on the University of Maryland's Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, a member of the Maryland Carey Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, and the executive secretary of the Student Bar Association. She is the recipient of a grant from the Maryland Public Interest Law Project, Inc.

Hilary earned a bachelor's degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a minor in Middle East Studies. Hilary is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies.


Xheni Llaguri

Xheni LlaguriLaw Trainee, Fall 2014
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Xheni Llaguri is a third year law student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she is currently completing her clinical program at the National Association of the Deaf and is serving as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Health Care Law and Policy. She was the 2013 Linda Kennedy Public Policy Fellow for the Homeless Persons Representation Project, where she worked on issues relating to unaccompanied homeless youth in Maryland.

Xheni received her bachelor's degree in anthropology and political science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to law school, she obtained her master's in education from George Mason University, and served as a Teach for America corps member teaching elementary school in Washington, D.C.


Matt Matera

Matt MateraLaw Trainee, Fall 2014
University of Baltimore School of Law

Matt Matera is a rising 2L at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He has been interested in criminal law since college, but ultimately wants to use his law degree to further the interests of his community. Matt has completed internships with the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Office of Baltimore County, University of Maryland Undergraduate Legal Aid Office, and the Honorable Michael J. Finifter of the Circuit Court in Baltimore County.

Matt is a staff editor on the University of Baltimore’s Law Forum, and a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity. He is also a teaching assistant for Introduction to Lawyering Skills to teach 1L students how to properly perform legal research.

Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a minor in rhetoric.