At Shurat HaDin we like to keep in touch with our prior interns and feel proud of their accomplishments. Antonio was an intern at Shurat HaDin during the summer of 2013. Keep reading to find out more about this insightful individual.
What is your name?
Antonio L. Ingram II
Where are you from?
Los Angeles, CA
How old are you?
What law school did you attend?
I graduated from Berkeley Law in May of 2014. In the fall I will begin an associate position at the San Francisco office of Morrison and Forester as a litigation associate.
Why did you go to law school?
I attended law school for multiple reasons. On the one hand I love the pragmatic nature of the law. Law literally affects everything in our world and studying law and how it interacts with citizens and nations is really fascinating to me. Furthermore, the law is a tool through which one can actively trigger change in communities. The law can be used to heal and destroy. Punish and reward. I attended law school in order to become actively implicated in a system so that I can influence how it is deployed.
Please describe something you learned about Israel during your internship that surprises you or that interests you.
I was surprised by the hospitality that I encountered in Israel. I have been to countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia and never have I found a nation that was full of such welcoming people. When I was lost during my first day in Tel-Aviv trying to find my apartment a stranger helped me contact my roommate and carried my bags for me down the street and up four flights of stairs. I can’t imagine this ever happening in the United States. Furthermore, there were multiple instances of individuals paying for my meals at restaurants or shopkeepers giving me free items of food. The mainstream media acts like Israel is this country full of individuals who are callous and angry and do not care about anyone besides their own selves. However, as an African American traveler I will say that I experienced way less racism in Israel than in other more “progressive” western countries, including the United States.
How did you hear about Shurat HaDin, and what inspired you to apply to the internship program?
I heard about the Internship program through an online listing at the Berkeley Law employment page. As a Charismatic Christian who studied religious studies at Yale as an undergraduate student I have always wanted to visit Israel. I wanted to visit a country where religions were birthed that has impacted the globe in incredible ways. Furthermore, I am committed to using my legal education to advocate for those who are disadvantaged in order to help their grievances become redressed. The mission of the Israel Law Center is a perfect organization to do just that.
What are some of the takeaways from the internship program that you will apply to your studies and future career?
In order to bring a civil suit against terrorist organizations such as Hamas it takes very creative lawyering. In order to prove liability for these organizations one has to truly use the law as a dynamic tool and not merely a rulebook that is methodically applied. Through my internship at the Israel Law Center I learned what it means to advocate for a client through thinking like a lawyer. It means using critical thinking skills, the facts and your client’s desires in order to fight for a favorable outcome, even if the law is still developing. As I am embarking on my legal journey as a young lawyer I know that the intellectual skills that I developed and witnessed through working at the Israel Law Center will help me as I advocate for my future clients.
What are your future plans and goals?
I am going to be joining the litigation practice group at Morrison and Forester in their San Francisco office. In the long term I would like to get involved with international law and helping clients reach favorable outcomes whether it be in the courtroom or the boardroom.