Amy Frieder, Tom Henderson Civil Rights Fellow

Amy Frieder

Tom Henderson Civil Rights Fellow

Amy Frieder is a Tom Henderson Civil Rights Fellow at Sanford Heisler Sharp.

Amy received her law degree from Harvard Law School, her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University. While at Harvard Law School, Amy served as an Editor-in-Chief of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, gained clinical experience as a Student Attorney in the Voting Rights Litigation & Advocacy Clinic and International Human Rights Clinic, and worked as a Research Assistant to the United Nations Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. While at Johns Hopkins, Amy served as a Graduate Research Intern in the White House Council of Economic Advisers, where she focused on labor and criminal justice policy, until January 2017. While at Cornell, Amy interned at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She was awarded the Daniel Alpern Memorial Award and graduated as a degree marshal with highest possible honors from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She began her higher education at a Maryland community college.

Amy served in the U.S. Air Force for six years as a Reservist, Cyber Intelligence Analyst, and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program Volunteer Victim Advocate. She was awarded an Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Basic Training Honor Graduate decoration.

Amy has authored articles, opinion pieces, and letters that appear in the Harvard Human Rights Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Salon, among other online publications.

Before joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Amy interned in the legal department of the National Federation of Federal Employees, where she gained experience in labor and employment law, and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

When Amy is not lawyering, she enjoys hiking (especially in our country’s national parks), running, and taking care of her dog.


  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • M.S., Johns Hopkins University
  • B.S., Cornell University


  • Voting Rights Litigation & Advocacy Clinic
  • International Human Rights Clinic

Bar Admissions*

  • *Not admitted to practice at present; practicing under the supervision of H. Vincent McKnight Jr. in the District of Columbia