Georgianna Bonondona and Danni Luo, LeGaL's Summer 2022 Judicial Fellows,
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 2022 Hank Henry Fellowship program consists of a 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 2022 Judicial Fellowship have closed.
Meet LeGaL's 2022 Fellowship Scholars
Georgianna Bonondona is a second-year student at Fordham Law School. Prior to law school, she attended Columbia University and received her B.A. in Human Rights. She currently serves as the speaker and symposium chair for Fordham’s OUTLaws, and is planning an academic symposium on international human rights law and LGBTQIA+ rights. This Spring, Georgianna is working as a legal extern for the Chosen Family Law Center, a non-profit legal services organization dedicated to serving LGBTQIA+, polyamorous, and other non-traditional family structures. Georgianna is also a Crowley Scholar with Fordham Law’s Leitner Center for International Law and Justice. She hopes to use her time as a Hank Henry Fellow to continue to grow her understanding of the intersection of LGBTQIA+ rights and the law.
DanLan (Danni) Luo is a first-year at Columbia Law School. Danni attended Boston University, where she majored in International Relations and Economics. Since interning at the New York City Office of Senator Gillibrand, she has wanted to learn more about the interpretation of statutes and agency regulations. She is particularly interested in the fields of LGBT+ rights, immigration, and housing. Currently, she is the 1L pro bono representative of OutLaws and a discussion leader for the 'Asian American History and the Law' reading group.
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
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