Fellows / Interns

Law Student Interns/Externs:

Thank you for your interest! DRM has an established and dynamic student internship program, and we welcome you to apply and join our community of more than 100 intern alumni.  DRM also works with legal externs to gain valuable real-world legal experience for law school credit.  To learn more about student internship and/or externship opportunities, please email Randi Ames, Esq., at RandiA@DisabilityRightsMD.org.

Summer 2022 Law Student Internships:

DRM is offering several Summer 2022 legal internship positions to focus on advancing the rights of people with disabilities in Maryland communities. The interns will work closely with DRM’s attorneys to provide comprehensive advocacy, which may include investigating complaints of rights violations; assisting with intake and client communication; conducting legal research and writing; assisting with individual casework; and supporting systemic advocacy around how proposed government policies will affect people with disabilities.  Please see attached link for application instructions (posted March 2022).

Sheryl Xavier, former DRM summer intern: “My 2021 summer internship at Disability Rights Maryland provided me with valuable hands-on experiences in public interest litigation and advocacy. I was directly exposed to client interactions, extensive legal research, and policy development in all areas of disability law.  The internship program was well-structured, with many opportunities to work with different attorneys and to join a variety of projects. Every attorney I worked with was enthusiastic and warmly welcomed me to DRM. I absolutely loved my time at DRM and highly recommend it to students interested in public interest and civil rights law.”

Fellowships:

Fellowship Announcement: Equal Justice Works Housing Justice Program Staff Attorney: DRM seeks passionate, civil rights-oriented applicants for a two-year, full-time attorney position as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Housing Justice Program. The Fellowship ideally begins in August 2022. Posted July 6, 2022.

DRM welcomes inquiries about post-graduate legal fellowships and has hosted Equal Justice Works, Skadden, OSI and other fellows in previous years. Beginning June 1st of each year, we review applications and proposals to support fellows for Equal Justice Works and Skadden fellowships. We enjoy partnering with and supporting our fellows to develop innovative and effective proposals and providing support and mentorship to ensure fellows have a rewarding experience.   DRM establishes a priority deadline of June 1st for contacting us about your interest in working with us on a Skadden or EJW proposal; however, feel free to send an inquiry, even after June 1st, to ask if we have committed our support for the fall application cycle.  To make an inquiry, email Megan Berger, Esq., Megan.Berger@DisabilityRightsMD.org with information about your area of interest and ideas for a fellowship project.

Emily Galik, current UPenn Catalyst legal fellow with DRM: “My fellowship at Disability Rights Maryland has allowed me to grow exponentially as a lawyer and an advocate. Besides working on cases involving more traditional litigation, I have been able to advise and work directly with clients, conduct investigations, and explore a range of local professional development opportunities. My year-long fellowship has also allowed me to build and maintain relationships with clients, stakeholders, and the local legal community—an opportunity I rarely had while working in seasonal intern positions.”