LeGaL's Summer 2021 Judicial Fellow, Molly Dower

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.

LeGaL's 2021 Hank Henry Fellowship program consists of a virtual 12-week summer internship that offers the opportunity to rotate among up to three LGBTQ judges at various levels of the judiciary. This experience provides an insider’s understanding of the judicial system, along with the opportunity to work alongside openly LGBTQ  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.

*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.

*Applications for the 2021 Fellowship are now closed.

Meet LeGaL's 2021 Fellowship Scholar


Molly Dower is currently in her first year of law school at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Prior to law school, Molly attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in Art History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. While in St. Louis, Molly focused on working with LGBTQIA* communities, including as an intern with TransParent USA, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping parents raise their transgender or gender expansive children in an affirming manner. Molly came to law school to join the fight to ensure full equality for all members of LGBTQIA* communities. Molly plans to spend her time as a law student and Hank Henry Fellow honing her legal writing and analysis skills so that she can become an effective legal advocate for LGBTQIA* folks. 

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 Fellowship is generously sponsored by McCarter & English, LLP


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