Class of 2009

Drew Gulley

Director of Strategic Partner Programs, Lambda Legal

A Midwesterner at heart, Drew Gulley lived in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois before completing his Bachelor of Arts in English, cum laude with University Honors, at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

At Drake, Drew served as student body president, vice president of his fraternity and president of the Rainbow Union. He also led the drafting and adoption of a Bias-Motivated Incident Statement after a campus hate crime, and his senior thesis was selected for publication in the Drake University Undergraduate Social Science Journal.

After graduation, Drew taught in Chongqing, China, as an English instructor for college and high school students.

While a student at Hofstra Law, Drew was the editor-in-chief of the Hofstra Law Review, and his note, “The Enhanced Arbitration Appeal Amendment: A Proposal to Save American Jurisprudence from Arbitration, Modeled on the English Arbitration Act of 1996,” was published in volume 36. For the best published student note, he received the Hofstra Law Review Alumni Award.

During his time at Hofstra Law, Drew was also a member of the Moot Court Association and the International Moot Arbitration Team and was the winner of the 2008 James E. Beckley Writing Competition sponsored by the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association.

Drew graduated summa cum laude and second in his class from Hofstra Law in 2009. At graduation, he received a Citation of Excellence in Procedural Law.

After graduation, Drew clerked for the Honorable Edward Prado of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Antonio. Following his clerkship, Drew joined the law firm of Latham & Watkins, LLP.

Heather Sarver

Asylum Officer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Heather Sarver graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, cum laude, and a minor in Russian language. Heather has her certification in Russian translation and has used her language skills to volunteer with Russian refugees.

Heather served in the active duty Air Force as a Russian linguist. She was honorably discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

After her military separation, Heather traveled around the country sharing her experience with others and gathering support for the repeal of the policy. Her work as an activist is featured in the documentary “Ask Not ...”

As a law student, Heather continued her work in this important area, spending s summer interning with Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and attending SLDN’s Lobby Day in 2008.

In addition to being an LGBT Rights Fellow and a student ambassador at Hofstra Law, Heather served as president of OutLaw — the gay-straight alliance at the Law School.

She also competed in the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and spent a summer interning with the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco.

Jen Wilson

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Jen Wilson earned her Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

While an undergraduate student, Jen studied gender, civil society and development in the former Yugoslavia and conducted an independent study project, utilizing participatory research that examined the intersection of orthodoxy, nationalism and homosexuality in Serbia.

Jen was also actively involved in the Seattle LGBT community, volunteering with queer advocacy organizations that promote visibility.

In 2004, Jen presented a paper on queer space at the University of British Columbia’s Sexual and Gender Diversity Conference. She also presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference on a panel for globalizing gender studies, where she spoke on gay and lesbian scholarship in study-abroad curriculum.

As a law student, Jen spent her first summer interning with openly gay and lesbian judges in New York courts through a judicial internship program with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Law Association of Greater New York (LeGal). Her second summer was spent interning with Lambda Legal.

Jen also volunteered at the LGBT Center’s walk-in legal clinic in Manhattan, was elected to the board of directors of LeGal and served as the vice president of OutLaw, Hofstra Law’s LGBT law student group.