To 'Bragg' about Wayne Law student performed summer internship at Army base

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Wayne Law 3L student Husnah Khan (second from the left) spent her summer interning with the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, where she enjoyed a flight on a Blackhawk helicopter.

Photo courtesy of Husnah Khan

Wayne Law student performed summer internship at Army base

By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

Wayne Law 3L student Husnah Khan had a choice of plum assignments this past summer.

One of 70 students across the country chosen for summer internships with the U.S. Army, she also was selected by the American Bar Association as one of nine Fellows for a Summer Diversity Clerkship that would have allowed her to clerk for a business law judge in Greensboro, N.C. It was a tough decision, but Khan chose the U.S. Army internship.

“I felt the eight weeks at Fort Bragg would provide me with the opportunity to meet individuals from around the world, be exposed to a variety of legal fields, and have a dynamic and fulfilling experience at the largest army base in the nation,” she says. “My internship didn’t disappoint me.”

During her eight weeks, Khan briefed more than 80 soldiers on the types of legal assistance they could receive on base, wrote legal memoranda on ethics, travel, bars to re-enlistment, and military rules of evidence, and created PowerPoint presentations that presented complex legal terminology in a clear and concise manner.

One of the highlights of her experience involved flying in a Blackhawk helicopter from Fort Bragg to Virginia Beach for lunch with the other interns and three soldiers from the Combat Aviation Brigade.

Another highlight was during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, which began the first day of her internship.

“My fellow interns and supervisors provided me with words of encouragement and support as I fasted despite the long days and rising temperatures,” says Khan, who is president of the Muslim Law Students Association at Wayne Law School. “I met many Muslim soldiers who invited me to their homes to break the fast with their families.

“However, my favorite Ramadan moment happened at the mosque on base. The iftaar was hosted by a Jewish chaplain who grew up in a variety of Muslim countries and referred to his Muslim friends as his sisters and brothers. The iftaar was open to Muslims and non-Muslims and I felt comforted in the fact the Muslim soldiers were able to break their fast with one another as well as their non-Muslim counterparts.”

The Bloomfield Hills resident, whose career goals is to become a judge, is not yet sure whether she will join the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, but she is extremely happy in her decision to participate in the internship.
“My parents have always encouraged me to pursue dynamic and diverse opportunities within the field of law,” she says. “Their support led me to a summer internship with the Michigan Innocence Clinic and a summer internship with the Army—both experiences contributed towards my personal and professional growth and allowed me to broaden my perspective on the legal field.”

 

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