Spotlight on: John Brayman

John Brayman, a 2008 Summer Intern at the Federal Defender Program in Chicago tells about his summer work

I worked at the Federal Defender Program in Chicago. I really enjoyed my time with the Federal Defender and got to work with some amazing criminal defense litigators. I worked on an aggravated bank robbery trial with two Federal Defender staff attorneys in front of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for the majority of my time with the Office. Although this jury trial ended in a conviction, it was a highly competitive trial with the jury deliberating for approximately 8 hours before returning their guilty verdicts. I also reviewed the files of sentenced crack cocaine offenders, researched their criminal histories, and drafted motions for sentence reduction for those eligible. I really enjoyed my time at the Federal Defender and made great contacts with Chicago attorneys. I am grateful for the stipend that I received from EJF. It made my life more manageable this summer.

John Brayman was the recipient of an Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) grant.  EJF is a student-run organization dedicated to raising money for students who do public interest work during the summer.  Questions about the EJF grant process can be directed to

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