Natasha Merle, Fried Frank/LDF Civil Rights Fellow, has joined the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) as a staff attorney after completing the first two years of her fellowship as a Fried Frank litigation associate. While at Fried Frank she handled a variety of complex commercial and pro bono matters. Prior to joining the Fried Frank/LDF Civil Rights Fellowship, Ms. Merle served as a law clerk to the Honorable John Gleeson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the Honorable Robert L. Carter of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Merle graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she was a student attorney at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice. She graduated with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Government and Spanish, and is a member of both the New York and Texas State Bars.
The Fried Frank Civil Rights Fellowship is a partnership between the Firm, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and the NAACP LDF. Fellows spend two years as associates in Fried Frank's Litigation Department and then another two years as MALDEF or LDF staff attorneys. At the end of their four-year commitment, successful Fellows are encouraged to interview to return to Fried Frank and, in some cases, they may continue on the staff of their civil rights organization.
For more information regarding the Fried Frank Civil Rights Fellowship, please visit the Fried Frank Civil Rights Fellowship webpage. For more information about the NAACP LDF, click here.