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Miao Tian
201 Avenue A, Apt. 4, NY, New York 12111 · · 212-852-7413
June 15, 2013
Jennifer Rodriguez, Deputy Managing Attorney
The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice
199 Water Street
New York, NY 10038
Dear Ms. Rodriguez:
I am writing to express my interest in a position as a Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society.
Since graduating from Columbia Law School in 2004, I have worked as a litigator at the law firm
of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (“Paul Weiss”). In private practice, I have
undertaken a number of projects (some in conjunction with your organization) involving families
in the legal system and have acquired broad litigation experience, which has solidified my intent
to transition into a career focused on protecting and asserting the rights of parents and families.
As you can see from my enclosed resume, I have long pursued opportunities to make a positive
impact in the lives of families. Before law school, I worked in the entertainment industry, but
elected to attend law school out of a desire for a career in which I would directly impact
individuals’ lives and the public good. While attending Columbia Law School, I represented
children in foster care in permanency and immigration hearings, in connection with the Columbia
Child Advocacy Clinic and the Juvenile Rights Practice of the Legal Aid Society. It was during
these experiences that I became acutely aware of the profound complexity of the personal and
systemic factors that affect families, and the enormous opportunities for committed advocates to
improve outcomes for families and children involved with the courts and public agencies.
At Paul Weiss, I have taken primary responsibility for a range of matters touching on family law
and child welfare. I researched and wrote memos on children’s rights for the Children’s Rights
Litigation Committee of the ABA. I also represented a child in foster care, providing advocacy in
court and making his voice heard by the agencies charged with his care. As mentioned, I have also
had the opportunity to litigate custody and visitation issues in collaboration with The Legal Aid
Society, which provided further insights into the practical challenges and potential for injustice
faced by parents in the legal system. My practice has also enabled me to acquire crucial civil
litigation, project management, and research and writing skills, while exploring a variety of
substantive practice areas.
While I have been fortunate to have had varied and challenging experiences in my legal practice, I
now seek to focus my work exclusively on family advocacy. I believe that my commitment to
asserting the rights of parents and families, combined with my broad experiences and skills, would
serve me well at The Legal Aid Society.
Thank you in advance for your time, and I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you.
Miao Tian
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