Maddie (she/they) is a second-year law student from Hollywood, Florida. They graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University with a degree in political science and gender studies. In college, Maddie worked in various national newsrooms and served as editor-in-chief of Emory’s student newspaper, experiences that prompted her interest in studying constitutional law and the First Amendment.
Academically and professionally, Maddie is particularly interested in learning how to wield the First Amendment to uplift and defend marginalized individuals. In this effort, they are heavily influenced by the teachings of critical race and queer theory. This past summer, Maddie had the opportunity to work at Yale Law School’s Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic on cases surrounding prisoners’ free speech rights and the public’s right of access to confidential court records.
In law school, Maddie is passionate about fostering critical inquiry and queer community, as well as demystifying opaque legal systems. These interests led them to become a direct services coordinator for the Transgender Empowerment & Advocacy Project, an associate editor of the Journal of Law & Social Change, and a fellow with the Office of Equity & Inclusion. As an Equity & Inclusion fellow, Maddie is prepared to engage in tough discussions and aims to be a compassionate sounding board and guide for law students navigating a physically and emotionally taxing first year.
In their free time, Maddie enjoys watching movies, reading queer theory, meditating, and collaging. In particular, Maddie is an avid fan of Hayao Miyazaki, Michel Foucault, and Arca.