The Dr. M.L. "Hank" Henry, Jr. Judicial Fellowship Program was established in memory of the groundbreaking efforts by Dr. Henry, as the Executive Director of the Fund for Modern Courts, to ensure that openly gay and lesbian candidates were considered for appointed judicial positions.
This 10‑week summer internship in New York City and Albany remains one-of-a-kind, providing fellows with the opportunity to rotate among several different judges. The law student fellow gets a first-hand look at the work of openly gay and lesbian judges in federal district court, state trial and appellate courts (including the highest court in the state), and administrative tribunals. This experience provides an insider’s understanding of the judicial system, along with the opportunity to work alongside openly gay and lesbian judges. Additionally, depending on the assignments selected by the fellow in conjunction with the judges, students can expect to complete 1-2 written assignments consisting of draft decisions and/or memorandums.
A $4,500 stipend accompanies the position. Students with funding from other sources are encouraged to apply, although the stipend may be limited to assisting students without funding. Additional funding will also be provided to cover travel expenses for the fellow’s time spent in Albany.
The Hank Henry Fellowship was the best way I could have spent my 1L summer. The breadth of courts, litigation, and issues to which I was exposed was invaluable to helping me imagine what I want my exact place in the legal profession to be. I learned so much from the participating judges, and just had a great time. I would recommend doing this internship to any 1L–it was enlightening, informative, and fun.
Chloe Serinsky, 2014 Hank Henry Fellow, CUNY 2016
The Hank Henry Judicial Fellowship is such a unique experience, because fellows are exposed to many areas of the law in a variety of courts throughout New York City. If fellows give it their all, they may come out of their fellowship with references from several distinguished judges.
Matthew Eley, 2017 Hank Henry Fellow
Boston University 2019
LeGaL's Hank Henry Judicial Fellowship is proudly sponsored by MetLife Legal Affairs
*The fellowship is intended for law students with a demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, LGBTQ rights. The program values diversity. All interested students are encouraged to apply.
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