2019 Summer Interns

Erin Kelley
Erin Kelley

Erin Kelley is a law student at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and a summer law clerk at DRA’s New York office. Last summer, she interned at the Children’s Law Center of California, where she worked with minor’s counsel on dependency cases. For this past fall and spring, she externed at the Frank D. Lanterman Special Education Law Clinic, where she advocated for clients with special education law issues. 

Charlene Lerner
Charlene Lerner

Charlene Lerner is a JD/MBA student at Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School and a summer law clerk at DRA’s New York office. Before law school, Charlene was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications group at Goldman Sachs. At Harvard, Charlene has served on the board of HLS Lambda and is Advocacy Co-Chair for the Disability Law Students Association.   

Reena Novotnak
Reena Novotnak

Reena Novotnak is a student at City University of New York School of Law and a summer law clerk at DRA’s New York office. She is an editor of the CUNY Law Review, Moot Court treasurer, and vice president of the CUNY Law chapter of the American Constitution Society. Before attending law school, Reena worked as a stage manager in Minneapolis, focusing on new works and queer theater. Last summer, she interned with New York Legal Assistance Group in their Economic Justice Clinic, providing direct services and representation to clients in public benefits determinations.

Alex Schwartz
Alex Schwartz

Alex Schwartz is a law student at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and a summer law clerk at DRA’s Berkeley office.  After finishing his undergraduate studies in Rhetoric & Media Studies, he moved to Seattle to work for Disability Rights Washington (DRW) in their Video Advocacy Project. His close work with the legal team at DRW inspired him to pursue a career as an attorney and an advocate. Last summer he worked for the Center for Public Representation in Boston, where he worked on several Olmstead actions and also on a new Supported Decision Making project. This past school year he worked for Disability Rights Oregon and focused on their campaign to combat the criminalization of mental illness. He is now co-authoring an article about the impact of the Olmstead decision on informed choice for the Emory Law Review and the Olmstead at Twenty: The Past and Future of Community Integration Conference hosted by Georgia State University.

Lena Welch
Lena Welch

Lena Welch is a law student at the University of Virginia School of Law and a summer law clerk at DRA’s Berkeley office. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a member of Best Buddies and a tutor at the N.C. Children’s and Neurosciences Hospitals. Last summer, Lena interned at the disAbility Law Center of Virginia, where she worked on the office’s integration efforts as well as cases affecting children. As a second-year law student, she was a member of the Child Advocacy Clinic, which represents students and parents in special education cases and youth who are incarcerated and eligible for sentence review. Lena also served as a co-organizer of the 2019 Shaping Justice Conference at UVA Law and will direct the 2019 Public Interest Law Association Auction.