The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Law Association of New York (LeGal) selected Colin Hedrick ’13 as a 2011 fellow of the Dr. M.L. "Hank" Henry Jr. Fund for Judicial Internships Program. The Fund for Judicial Internships 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 lesbian and gay candidates were considered for judicial appointment.
The program, celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2011, provides fellows with the unique opportunity to work with gay and lesbian judges from varying courts and tribunals. The fellows are each awarded a $5,000 stipend.
Hedrick spent this past summer interning in the chambers of Judge Deborah A. Batts in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and then rotating through several different state courts including civil, housing, and criminal court. “I gained invaluable experience thanks to this fellowship,” said Hedrick. “I attended court proceedings, wrote draft memos and decisions, and got a real sense of motion practice and how things work in the real world.”
Hedrick is active in Legal Outreach’s Mentoring Youth Through Legal Education high school debate program and is a member of the Student Bar Association Administration Committee. He is also the co-chair of Outlaws and a member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. Prior to law school, Hedrick was a practicing architect in Portland and in New York. He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Architecture with a Bachelors of Architecture. He was a founding member of the Truth Anti-Tobacco Campaign and has worked with various organizations on the issues of marriage equality and LGBT equality.
“While I was interning in Judge Batts’ chambers the Marriage Equality Act was passed and three other openly gay judges were nominated by President Obama to the federal bench,” said Hedrick. “It was an exciting time to be working with the Judge.”