The Harvard Law Review Fellowship supports recent Harvard Law School graduates with a demonstrated interest in serving the public interest through their work and scholarship. It enables fellows to spend a year working in a public interest-related role at a government agency or nonprofit organization. Each fellow will receive a $65,000 stipend. At the end of the fellowship year, each fellow is expected to publish a piece of legal scholarship that draws on the fellow’s work during their fellowship year in the Law Review’s online Forum.
2022-23 Harvard Law Review Fellows
D Dangaran (J.D. ’20) will partner with the nonprofit Rights Behind Bars (RBB), focusing on movement lawyering to trans people in jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers, using constitutional claims to counteract the violence and neglect that trans people face in detainment. D plans to work with RBB to file constitutional claims under the ADA, the Eighth Amendment, and the Prison Rape Elimination Act against detention facilities that violate the rights of trans people on the inside.
Melanie Hagerman (J.D. ’22) will partner with the Tennessee-based organization A Better Balance, focusing on legal advocacy for BIPOC caregivers in rural Tennessee. Melanie will provide direct services to rural low-wage workers with caregiving duties, assisting them in obtaining accommodations or time off under the ADA, Family and Medical Leave Act, and other legal frameworks, in addition to facilitating “Know Your Rights” trainings for workers and guiding workers in how to negotiate with employers or bring complaints to state and federal agencies.
Felipe Hernández (J.D. ’20) will partner with lawyers from the MacArthur Justice Center, focusing on federal appellate litigation to end prolonged solitary confinement (PSC) in the United States. He plans to file constitutional appellate claims as lead counsel, serve as co-counsel in existing appeals, and coordinate campaigns soliciting amicus briefs for strategic cases nationwide. Felipe will also create educational materials and litigation guides in partnership with organizations working to abolish PSC and in service of incarcerated people seeking to bring constitutional claims.
Alexa Richardson (J.D. ’21) will partner with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD), focusing on preventing child removal for low-income families in Baltimore throughout pregnancy and postpartum. Alexa plans to work with the OPD’s Parental Defense Division to bring pre-petition services to pregnant people at high risk of child removal at birth and offer tailored legal defense in postpartum removal cases to families in Baltimore, in addition to pursuing strategic litigation and policy advocacy to protect pregnant families from child removal.