January 29, 2020

LGBTQ Scholarship 2019 Recipients

Bryanna Jenkins; Elisabeth Hieber (L - R); Recipients of the 2019 LGBT Public Interest Scholarship

Bryanna Jenkins; Elisabeth Hieber (L - R); Recipients of the 2019 LGBT Public Interest Scholarship


Bryanna Jenkins

Bryanna Jenkins, a proud Baltimore native, is a December 2019 graduate of DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, IL. She is the founder and first executive director of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance. She organized the first Baltimore Trans March of Resilience. Her legal writings examine the intersections of racial, gender, and queer identities under the law. Her article Birth Certificate with a Benefit: Using LGBTQ Jurisprudence to Make the Argument for a Transgender Person’s Constitutional Right to Amended Identity Documents was published in the Winter 2019 edition of the CUNY Law Review. 

Bryanna was selected for the 2020-2021 George N. Lindsay Civil Rights Fellowship at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C.  Bryanna’s fellowship will focus on advocating on the behalf of black and brown queer youths who face discrimination from educational institutions. Bryanna will work on her fellowship within the organization’s educational opportunities project group.

Elisabeth Hieber

Elisabeth Hieber is an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by PepsiCo, Inc. Elisabeth established the Proud to Thrive Project, a program that provides legal services and outreach for LGBT elders. The Proud to Thrive Project includes mobile legal clinics for LGBT elders at LGBT-affirming organizations, a pro bono initiative in which volunteer attorneys assist LGBT elders in completing advance directives, and an educational campaign to provide LGBT elders with culturally responsive spaces to access and discuss information about common legal issues. Elisabeth also provides LGBT elder cultural responsiveness training to legal professionals. Elisabeth joined CDEL in 2018 as a legal intern during their third year of law school. Elisabeth attended the University of Cincinnati and received their undergraduate degree in Political Science with Honors in 2014. Elisabeth received their Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2019, with a certificate in Public Interest Law. Elisabeth was also awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Public Service Award. While in law school, Elisabeth became a Volunteer Education Ambassador for the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. 

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