Gelila Selassie (JD ’15) to work with North Carolina seniors as 2017 Equal Justice Works Fellow

Group photo of graduates and award winners Jasmine Pitt ('15), Bray Taylor ('15), Elizabeth Bahati Mutisya ('15) and Gelila Selassie ('15)

Class of 2015 Hooding Award winners include Jasmine Pitt, Bray Taylor, Elizabeth Bahati Mutisya and Gelila Selassie (far right). (Photo courtesy of the Winston-Salem Chronicle)

A former co-director of Wake Forest Law’s Pro Bono Project has been named a 2017 Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellow. Gelila Selassie (JD ’15) joins 77 recent law graduates who will dedicate the next two years to providing legal service to low-income and underserved populations. Selassie is the only 2017 fellow from Wake Forest Law.

In her role as a EJW Fellow, she will work to improve the quality of life for seniors in North Carolina through legal representation in health care access and elder abuse cases while hosted at Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, according to EJW. Her fellowship is sponsored by Pfizer, Inc.

The 2017 EJW Fellows, who represent 40 law schools, will serve at 68 nonprofit law firms and corporate sponsors as well as individual sponsors.

While in law school, Selassie volunteered as an Affordable Care Act Navigator as part of the Pro Bono Project and participated in the Elder Law Clinic, among other activities. The Charleston, South Carolina, native was the Class of 2015 recipient of the North Carolina State Bar Student Pro Bono Service Award, which is presented annually to a student who has contributed time and talent to law-related service.