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.

Michelle Dauksha

Michelle DaukshaLaw Trainee, Summer 2015
University of Baltimore School of Law

Michelle Dauksha is a second-year law student at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She has been interested in family law since college. She worked as a paralegal for a personal injury law firm and interned with a family law attorney in Harrisburg, Pa.

Michelle is the secretary of the University of Baltimore Women’s Bar Association, a member of the Honors Board, and Phi Delta Phi National Honors Society. She mentors children through the community development non-profit, Paul's Place, and is also leading the volunteer recruitment for the new partnership between the University of Baltimore and Paul’s Place. Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Pennsylvania State University, Capitol College, with a minor in sociology.


John Delaney

John DelaneyLaw Trainee, Summer 2015
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

John Delaney is a third-year law student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. As a former fourth grade teacher at Catholic schools in Philadelphia,Pa., and Washington, D.C., John hopes to stay involved in education by pursuing a career in education law and policy.

John will be the new editor-in-chief for the University of Maryland's Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class. During the spring semester 2015, John worked as a student attorney through Maryland's Civil Rights for Persons with Disabilities Clinic. John also works as a teaching fellow at the University of Maryland's writing program. Prior to law school, John earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Saint Joseph's University, with a second major in ancient studies. He has also earned his master's degree in elementary education from St. Joseph’s University. John earned a Maryland Public Interest Law Project grant to work at Project HEAL for 400 hours during the summer of 2015.