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JOSHUA PARKS '09

Profiles written and edited by Andrew Wickenden ā€™09 and Ronny Frishman Pā€™00.

Current Position
Associate, Maritime Attorney, Betancourt, Van Hemmen, Greco & Kenyon LLC; Red Bank, N.J.

2008 Salisbury Summer International Internship
International Justice Network in The Republic of Namibia

Graduate Work
J.D. and Maritime Law Certificate, Tulane University

As an associate at the Betancourt, Van Hemmen, Greco & Kenyon law firm in Red Bank, N.J., Josh Parks ’09 specializes in maritime and commercial litigation and arbitration. Parks earned his law degree from Tulane University, interned in the Rhode Island Superior Court and worked for a solo practitioner in New Orleans. He got his start, however, at Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes (now called Legal Assistance of Western New York), developing advice articles on legal issues commonly faced by clients, which provided the foundation for his summer internship as a Salisbury Stipend recipient, an experience he recalls as “a serious opportunity to grow up and gain some practical experience.”

During his summer in Namibia, Parks worked with the International Justice Network (IJN) in the creation of a “sustainable, open source, web-based collaboration system for the Namibian judiciary,” as the IJN describes the project, which “helped Namibia leave behind the apartheid legal structures and address the communication and research technology challenges of this emergent democracy’s legal system.”

Effectively, Parks says, the project was to create easy access to the country’s laws for all of Namibia’s judges, many of whom work in very remote areas. “I was the first person from the project to head to Namibia for a length of time, so when I first arrived I knew no one, did not have a place to live, and wasn’t even sure exactly what my role was,” says Parks.

“It was up to me to figure it out. With the benefit of hindsight, there are certainly things I would have done differently, but the whole idea of the Salisbury was that it let me gain that initial experience; that’s an opportunity for which I am eternally grateful.”

 

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