The Dr. M. L. "Hank" Henry, Jr. Judicial Fellowship Program

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Deadline to apply for Summer 2018: Friday, January 12, 2018


The fellowship was established in memory of Dr. Henry, whose groundbreaking work as the Executive Director of the Fund for Modern Courts was instrumental in ensuring that openly gay and lesbian candidates were considered for appointed judicial positions.

The program, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2016, remains one-of-a-kind by providing fellows the chance to work with and rotate for the 10-week summer among several different judges from varying courts and tribunals. The fellows get 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, providing an insider’s understanding of the judicial system.

Each year, law students from across the country apply for the 1-2 positions available in the program. Applications are typically invited beginning in late November each year, with an application due date in mid-January and selections for the summer usually made by early February.

Reflections on the program from recent fellows:

“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 ’16

“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 ’19

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The program has also been supported over the years by generous individual donations.

To make a tax-deductible donation today to the Hank Henry Programplease visit here or click the button below (you can indicate “Hank Henry” when making your donation).