Meet Our Fall Interns and Volunteers


We are delighted to introduce you to our fall interns and volunteers.

Robert Hupf

Robert Hupf is a third-year law student at CUNY School of Law and is a member of the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic (currently working on gender based violence issues within Iraq). He is a member of Law Review, vice president of Moot Court, and is heavily involved in the school’s OutLaws organization. In the past, Robert has worked and interned with various LGBTQ focused non-profits and legal services organizations, including the It Gets Better Project, Housing Works, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and the LGBTQ Direct Legal Services Roundtable. He is excited to work with Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund this Fall as part of his mission to become a community lawyer when he graduates, one driven by the interests and lived experiences of community members.

Shai Ornan

Shai Ornan is originally from Ohio and is currently a third-year law student at Brooklyn Law School. He is a member of the school's LGBT organization and a member of the Brooklyn Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a major in History and a minor in Chinese. Shai studied abroad in Xiamen, China during his undergraduate experience. During the years in between his undergraduate career and law school, Shai lived in Israel, working with youth and serving in the military. Additionally, he took that time to travel and spent a number of months in India and Southeast Asia. Shai passionately believes in the progression of civil rights for the transgender community and the LGBT community as a whole.

Ethan Rice

Ethan Rice is a graduate of Florida State University College of Law.  He was a child welfare attorney in Florida for four years before relocating to New York City.  In law school, Ethan worked on behalf of children in the adult prison system, children in the foster care system, and children with disabilities. As a graduate fellow at FSU College of Law, Ethan researched and co-authored, Juvenile Life without Parole for Non-Homicide Offenses: Florida Compared to the Nation.  The article was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Graham v. Florida in its decision finding sentences of life without parole for juveniles unconstitutional when imposed for non-homicide crimes.  He co-authored an amicus brief for Florida State University’s Children’s Advocacy Clinic in support of overturning Florida’s statutory ban on LGB individuals and couples adopting children in the case In re: Matter of Adoption of X.X.G and N.R.G.  Ethan also has a B.A. in International Relations.  He spends much of his free time reading vegan and vegetarian cookbooks, obsessing over restaurant menus, and trying new recipes.