2019 Postgraduate Fellowships
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in government from Franklin & Marshall College
Experience: Lambda Legal, Transgender Rights Project, intern; Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic; Disability Rights New York, intern; Brennan Center for Justice, intern; New York City Campaign Finance Board, intern; Columbia Law School Criminal Appeals Externship; Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems, articles editor
Motivation: “U.S. law devastates the lives of trans people throughout the country and at the border—in health care, in incarceration and immigration detention, in employment, and in school. For example, in the past two years alone, two trans women detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have died while seeking asylum in the United States; another trans asylum seeker was killed after she was deported by the Trump administration. I want to use my law degree to do what I can to help, especially because, in my own transition, I have been insulated from many of the worst ways that the law interferes with our lives and our self-determination.”
Goals: “My strong aspiration for this opportunity is to contribute to Lambda Legal’s important work protecting LGBTQ people. I want to address not only the ways in which we are newly under attack by a radically conservative federal government, but also the ways in which we have always been attacked, criminalized, and stigmatized long before the current administration.”
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The office of Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) guides Columbia Law School students who want to pursue public interest work throughout their academic careers and after graduation. SJI also assists in the process of applying to prestigious postgraduate fellowships. Read about the other 2019 public interest postgraduate fellows.
Published June 10, 2019