This spring, Fordham Law School welcomed Grey Berkowitz ’25 and Taylor Young-Wells ’25 into the Stein Scholars Program in Public Interest Law and Ethics.
The program is designed to cultivate the next generation of public interest lawyers through academic and specialized discussion series, mentorships, and volunteer work with public interest organizations. Selected students with a demonstrated commitment to public interest participate in the academic and service program during law school to prepare for their careers as attorneys.
Grey Berkowitz ’25 (he/they) graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in American studies with a concentration on race and gender. Berkowitz loves to dance, so much so that he wrote his undergraduate thesis on the liberatory effects of electronic music created by trans women. He has worked on a variety of oral history projects and anti-incarceration efforts, and has interned at the Transgender Law Center. He came to Fordham Law with the explicit goal of working toward becoming an effective advocate for his queer and trans community. Berkowitz is committed to anti-racism, decolonialism, and anti-capitalism, and cannot wait to collaborate with the brilliant Stein Scholars to advance justice.
Taylor Young-Wells ’25 is a recent graduate of William & Mary with a B.A. in sociology (with a concentration in social problems, policy, and justice). During her undergraduate career, she actively participated in programs focused on civil and immigrant rights. Young-Wells spent her undergraduate career as a volunteer with Community Partnership for Adult Learners, where she taught weekly lessons to provide free, informal English language and American culture lessons to adults in the Williamsburg area, and as a social justice policy initiative intern with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, where she was involved in projects working toward educational equity. As a Stein Scholar, Young-Wells is excited to continue cultivating her passion for civil and immigrant rights and to gain the experience and skill set needed to advance her career aspirations in public interest law.