The Dr. M. L. “Hank” Henry, Jr. Judicial Fellowship Program 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.
LeGaL’s 22-year-old Judicial Fellowship program 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.
Meet LeGaL’s 2018 Hank Henry Fellows, Audrey J. Juarez and Victor Tarantino.
Audrey J. Juarez is a rising 2L at CUNY School of Law, where she has taken on leadership roles in student government and the Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA). Prior to starting at CUNY, Audrey worked in Washington D.C. at the Center for American Progress as a legal project coordinator. In her role at CAP she oversaw corporate governance projects and tax law compliance. She also co-chaired CAP’s internal diversity committee. Audrey continues to write for TalkPoverty.org, where she has published pieces on LGBT and immigrant issues. Before working at CAP as a staff member, Audrey interned in the Office of Congressman Adam B. Schiff and for the Executive Office of CAP. Audrey is a proud alumnus of California State University, San Marcos, where she double majored in women’s studies and political science.
Victor Tarantino is a current law student, working towards his J.D./M.B.A. at the Maurice A. Dean School of Law and Frank G. Zarb Business School at Hofstra University. As the first person in his family to pursue a career in the legal profession, Victor is committed to using his experience and education to advocate and protect the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ people face a wide array of discrimination and continue to receive different treatment under the law because of the diverse races, religions, gender identities, and physical and mental disabilities that exist within our community. As a Hank Henry Fellow, Victor is excited to learn about and witness various fields of law so that he may continue to fight for LGBTQ people wherever, whenever, and however they need.