Freethought Today · May 2014

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

Meet a Legal Intern

Name: Alexis Palmer. I go by Lexi.

Where and when I was born: Burnsville, Minn., May 1992.

Family: My parents still live in the house that I grew up in back in cold Minnesota. I have a sister, Payton, who is a year younger than I am. She goes to school in a much warmer state, Arizona.

Education: I’m a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (and could not be prouder to be a Badger). I’m completing my legal studies and political science majors. 

My religious upbringing was: I grew up as a Lutheran, so working for FFRF has really opened my eyes to an entirely different side of law and different way of helping people.

How I came to work as an FFRF legal intern: Naturally, I was looking for some legal experience, and I became interested in the work that FFRF does.

What I do here: My day-to-day work usually differs depending on the week; generally I assist the staff attorneys with drafting letters of complaint or help research specific issues involving religion.

What I like best about it: Assisting people who turn to this organization as a source of hope when they feel discriminated against. The first day I truly realized the impact of the work that FFRF does was the day a complainant responded to one of my emails thanking me over and over again for the work that we do and the difference that we make for people like him. 

My legal interests are: I don’t dream of becoming famous. I just want to become a lawyer so I can help people who can’t help themselves and truly see the difference that I am making for them.

These three words sum me up: Charismatic, compassionate and determined.

Things I like: My favorite thing in the world is my cat, Gucci, who lives with my parents. I am definitely a cat person. I also really love trying new and authentic food. Every member of my family is definitely a “foodie,” and we love to go out and try all types of restaurants.

Things I smite: Shopping of any sort, unless it’s shopping for other people’s gifts. I don’t make decisions very quickly, so shopping is not an easy task for me. Another thing that I smite is the show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” for hopefully obvious reasons. 

My loftiest goal: To travel to every country in the world and spend at least a week in each one before I die. I have traveled throughout much of Europe and spent my last spring semester in Spain studying Spanish. The next continent on my list is South America.

I strongly believe that everyone should travel and see the rest of the world!

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