The Sidney M. Wolinsky Fellowship

Portrait of Amelia Evard
Portrait of Amelia Evard, 2022-2024 DRA Wolinsky Fellow

Ensuring a Future Generation of Public Interest Lawyers

The Wolinsky Fellowship is an ongoing two-year Fellowship program named in honor of DRA’s Co-Founder Sid Wolinsky. Preference is given to individuals with disabilities.

About The Fellowship

Fellowships are a crucial lifeline enabling recent law school graduates to pursue a career in public interest law. At DRA, fellows receive stellar mentorship and ample opportunities to work on cutting-edge civil rights cases that better the lives of people with disabilities across the country.

About Sid

For over five decades, Sid Wolinsky used the law as a tool to challenge discrimination and secure equal rights for people with disabilities. Sid’s vigilance in public interest law and his mentorship to thousands of law students pursuing public interest careers was honored by the California State Bar’s lifetime achievement award, the Loren Miller award, in 2011. This award recognizes his commitment, dedication, and brilliant lawyering, which has impacted the lives of thousands of people with disabilities nationwide.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Sid Wolinsky… Sid’s boundless energy and dedication to the cause is an inspiration to me and many others who have had the honor of working with him.”

Steve Foresta, Partner
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP


How You Can Help

Join us in training and supporting the future generations of lawyers dedicated to empowering people with disabilities.

Click here to donate now and designate your gift towards the Wolinsky fund.

About The Fellows

2011-2013: Michael Nunez
2015-2017: Sean Betouliere
2017-2019: Emily Seelenfreund
2020-2022: Ptahra Jeppe
2022-2024: Ameia Evard
2023-2025: Desiree Robedeaux