2013 Past Headlines
Fellowship Allows IU McKinney Student to Continue Work Begun in Disability Clinic
Crystal D. Pulley, a 2013 J.D. candidate, didn’t stop the work she started in the law school’s Disability Clinic when her course was over in Spring 2012.
“Having a special needs child, I have always had a great desire to work with those less fortunate, and particularly with those with disabilities,” Pulley said. She applied for and received a Joseph Maley Foundation Fellowship. Her project included researching federal regulations governing the redetermination of eligibility for 18-year-old recipients of Supplemental Security Income, collecting documents related to representing these individuals, and drafting a resource manual for use in the Disability Clinic.
“The Fellowship opportunity allowed me to focus on the transition of individuals from childhood to adult disability status,” Pulley said. “I am very grateful for the opportunity afforded to me by the Joseph Maley Foundation Fellowship, allowing me to place a special focus on an under-represented population in a meaningful way.”
On May 23, Pulley presented her research project to members of the law school community and to Vivian Maley, co-founder of the Foundation with her husband, John Maley, ’88. The foundation was created in 2008 to serve children and adults of all abilities.
“The Joseph Maley Foundation grant has enabled the IU McKinney Disability Clinic to acquire new library resources and support a Fellow position,” said Professor Joanne Orr, co-director of the law school’s Clinical Programs. “The broad nature of the grant allows the funds to be used in the on-going work of the Disability Clinic interns in representing children and young adults before the Social Security Administration. Ms. Pulley was a diligent intern while in the Clinic and her Maley Fellowship project will continue to be used by future interns.”