One of only 25 first-year law students selected from around the country for the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) summer internship program, Natalia Detko ’14 will spend the next three months in Charleston, S.C., gaining hands-on experience in criminal, civil and international law.
“I really couldn’t ask for anything better in terms of seeing so many different aspects of practicing law at the same time,” said Detko. “I’ll start on the prosecutorial side, researching potential regulations and doing legal writing, then I’ll work with JAG prosecutors preparing for trial before finishing my internship on the defense side.”
Detko, who was recently elected 2L class president, has already secured an internship for the fall with the Albany County District Attorney’s Office. She also volunteers with the law school’s Veterans’ Rights Pro Bono Project, which provides free legal advice to veterans in areas including taxes, benefits, claims and wills.
“The Veterans’ Rights program is exceptional not only because of the help it provides so many veterans, but also because it allows students, including 1Ls, an early opportunity to work directly with clients,” explained Detko.
An Oswego, N.Y., native, Detko attended The State University of New York at Potsdam and earned a degree in political science. She said that she was most passionate about her law-related classes during college, and that she knew early on that she wanted to pursue law school.
Between graduating from SUNY Potsdam and coming to Albany Law School, Detko held several positions, including as a contractor with the U.S. military in Afghanistan, where she worked as an education counselor, helping soldiers pursue degrees of their own.