Post-Fellowship Careers

Post-Fellowship Careers

The Murnaghan Fellowship is a springboard to careers in public interest law. Our former fellows have gone on to work at direct legal services organizations; at impact litigation non-profits and national advocacy organizations; in federal, state and local government; and in law school teaching. Former fellows have also developed substantial civil rights and pro bono practices at private law firms.

Fellows are typically exposed to a wide range of subject matters during their fellowship year, and the work of former fellows reflects this diversity. Our former fellows include experts in the fields of fair housing and landlord-tenant law, fair employment practices, disability rights, consumer protection, election law, criminal justice reform, and health law, among others.

Former fellows have worked in leadership roles at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, at Greater Boston Legal Services, and at the National Homelessness Law Center.

In government, a number of former fellows have gone on to work at the U.S. Department of Justice, including several working in DOJ’s Civil Rights Division. Others have served in senior roles in DOJ’s Civil Appellate Division and as legislative counsel on Capitol Hill.

While seeking candidates from around the country, we are firmly rooted in Baltimore and in the Maryland legal community, and we are proud that a number of fellows have chosen to remain in Baltimore. Several of our former fellows have worked at Brown, Goldstein & Levy, a private law firm in Baltimore well known nationally for its work in the areas of disability rights, fair housing and fair employment. Three former fellows have served on the staff at the Public Justice Center after the completion of their fellowships.

Lewis Yelin (2001-2002 Murnaghan Fellow)

Senior Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice. Lewis is a longtime member of the appellate staff in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division. His legal practice focuses on matters involving national security law and international law. Lewis has argued on behalf of the United States and federal officials in the Supreme Court and in federal appellate courts across the country.

Wendy Hess (2002-03 Murnaghan Fellow)

Professor, University of South Dakota. Wendy is a tenured professor and the director of the legal analysis and writing program at the University of South Dakota’s Knudson School of Law. Wendy also teaches at the American Indian Law Center’s Pre-Law Summer Institute, which helps American Indian college graduates prepare for law school. After the completion of her fellowship, Wendy was a staff attorney at the Public Justice Center in Baltimore for several years.

Gregory Care (2007-08 Murnaghan Fellow)

Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP. Greg is a longtime partner at Brown, Goldstein & Levy, a Baltimore law firm known for its civil rights and public interest work. Greg’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation involving the rights of people with disabilities, academic and professional discipline, and employment disputes, among other areas.