The great work Good Counsel does would not be possible without our team of interns from around the world, with each intern bringing new expertise and experience to the team. Every week, we introduce and highlight our interns. This week we interviewed Maryanne Liu, a Legal Intern from Taiwan who also serves as the team lead of the immigration and asylum team.
Maryanne works as a legal intern as well as the lead of the immigration and asylum team at Good Counsel. From Taiwan, Maryanne began her internship during her gap year between high school and college. Being Taiwanese drives her passion in politics, international affairs, and law. Maryanne aspires to become an international lawyer, adjudicating issues on war and armed conflicts, sovereignty and territorial disputes, human rights, and international criminal law. She hopes to become a lawyer both in her country and in the United States one day. In addition to Good Counsel, she has had internships with the United Way Taiwan and the political consulting firm, The Advance Group.
What helped to develop your interest in law?
I come from a country where our entire existence is very politically characterized, especially when issues that we face as a nation are human rights issues. My interests in law surfaced as I believe this is the best method to create change.
What is your favorite part about the work you do?
I feel like the work itself is the most exciting thing. When it comes to human rights, where I come from does not matter, as human rights is an international issue. The most fulfilling thing to me is when I can take what I learned from my work and take it back to my country Taiwan to shed some light on the relationship between sovereignty and asylum granting.
What are some of the greatest challenges you’ve faced?
The greatest challenge that I faced is having to inevitably make clients go through life threatening situations again and again throughout the process of preparing their asylum application. It makes me feel helpless because I cannot say that I understand what they went through, yet I need to be passionate at the same time. The best thing that I can do for them is to do my best in preparing their application.
What are your plans for the future after Good Counsel?
I plan to stay as long as I can at Good Counsel, just seeing how Good Counsel transitioned through the pandemic shows me how resilient it can be, which entails how much potential it will have in the future.
Would you recommend being an intern at Good Counsel Services?
Of course, and I would also recommend staying long-term at Good Counsel Services, as most of our interns later come back as volunteers to help as much as they can with the amount of time that they can contribute.