Class of 2011

Derek Tripp

Project Associate, The Doma Project, and Attorney Specializing in LGBT Rights/Advocacy and Immigration Law

Derek Tripp attended the University of California, Davis, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in both English and political science.

During his senior year, Derek interned with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in Washington, D.C. After completing his undergraduate education, he spent a year in Sacramento working on a local campaign and with an environmental lobbyist.

While a student at Hofstra Law, Derek interned with Global Rights on its LGBTI Initiative, focusing on, among other things, violations against LGBTI people under international human rights law.

Eric Lesh

Fair Courts Project Manager, Lambda Legal

Originally from Largo, Florida, Eric Lesh graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theater.

He has appeared in plays across the country, including the original workshop of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening.

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, Eric relocated to New Orleans, where he worked as a director for a nonprofit group that teaches violence prevention to students in the city’s public schools.

At Hofstra Law, Eric was a member of the Vis International Arbitration Moot Team, a researcher for Hofstra’s Law, Logic & Technology Lab and the managing editor of notes and comments for the Family Court Review.

Eric spent the summer of 2009 working for the International Lesbian and Gay Association in Brussels.

He is interested in politics and the legislative process and interned with a member of the New York State Assembly and in the Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand working on LGBT outreach.

Kelly McNamee

Associate, Litigation, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Kelly McNamee graduated from the University of Rochester with a major in Philosophy.

During her junior year, she was named director of The Pride Network, the university’s LGBT advocacy group. Kelly led the group in an effort to encourage the campus community that it was necessary to add the phrase “gender expression and identity” to the university’s Student Organization Constitution: Section on Discrimination.

While at the University of Rochester, Kelly also sat on the board of the Diversity Roundtable.

Kelly was selected as a 2009 Dr. M.L. “Hank” Henry Judicial Intern. The internship was created by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Law Association Foundation of Greater New York (LeGaL Foundation) in memory of Dr. Henry, whose groundbreaking work encouraged openly lesbian and gay lawyers to seek and achieve judicial office in New York City.

During the 10-week program, Kelly was given the opportunity to assist five openly gay or gay friendly judges and gained exposure to a variety of courts and tribunals.

Kelly worked as a summer associate for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson LLP in 2010 and joined the firm upon graduation. As a summer associate, Kelly was able to work on groundbreaking LGBT litigation and hopes to continue to do so through the firm’s pro bono department.