The Cohen Milstein Fellowship offers recent law school graduates an opportunity to build litigation skills, experience litigation under different substantive areas of law, work alongside a range of attorneys, and explore the diverse and rewarding career paths available for public interest litigators in the private sector. The Cohen Milstein Fellowship also helps promising public interest litigators secure a toe-hold in public interest litigation to support future career decisions.

The Fellowship Experience

Over the course of their one-year term, Fellows have the opportunity to work on high-stakes matters with attorneys across the firm, including in our Antitrust, Securities & Investor Protection, Civil Rights & Employment, Human Rights, Consumer Protection, Public Client, Employee Benefits, and Whistleblower/False Claims Act practice groups. Fellows participate in all aspects of the firm’s work, including investigating potential cases, researching cutting-edge legal issues, conducting discovery, drafting pleadings, and collaborating with our colleagues in leading firms across the country.  

Cohen Milstein Fellows join us from a variety of professional backgrounds, including directly from top law schools around the country, from judicial clerkships, and from fellowships at other public interest organizations. In addition to their case work, Fellows have the opportunity to participate in formal training and professional development opportunities and to develop mentoring relationships with our attorneys.

Representative Matters

In recent years, Cohen Milstein Fellows have contributed to compelling and important matters across the firm, including:

  • Briefing, oral argument preparation, and trial preparation in an international human trafficking matter
  • Complex discovery and class certification briefing in a case involving pregnancy discrimination
  • Complex discovery in an antitrust class action alleging anti-competitive conduct in the market for interest rate swaps
  • Complex discovery and class certification briefing in case challenging ERISA violations in connection with retirement savings plan
  • Trial preparation in a case involving gender discrimination in pay and promotion opportunities
  • Appellate briefing in a major securities fraud case

The Firm

With more than 100 lawyers in six offices, Cohen Milstein has been recognized as a “class-action powerhouse” (Forbes); “the most effective law firm in the United States for lawsuits with a strong social and political component” (Inside Counsel Magazine); and one of “America’s 25 most influential law firms” (The Trial Lawyer). For over 45 years, we have fought corporate misconduct, pursuing litigation on behalf of plaintiffs, including individuals, whistleblowers, public entities and other institutions in cases that have raised significant and often novel issues to advance social and economic justice. We are committed to providing outstanding legal representation in a manner that reflects the highest aspirations of our profession.

How to Apply

For more details regarding the application process and to apply for the Fellowship, please visit our Careers page. The application process for the Fellowship typically begins 12-14 months prior to the September start date of the program. We encourage candidates to regularly visit the Firm’s Careers page for more details on the Fellowship and when Fellowship opportunities becomes available.

Cohen Milstein is committed to recruiting, promoting, and retaining a diverse workplace within our firm. We view diversity as an inclusive concept that encompasses, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, age, disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We believe that diversity enhances the quality of service we provide to clients and makes the Firm a more vibrant and fulfilling place to work, and we strongly encourage women, people of color, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

Meet Our Former Fellows



Soohyun Choi was a Fellow at Cohen Milstein (’20). After leaving the Fellowship program, Soo joined Relman Colfax PLLC, where she practices civil rights law.

Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Soo was a law clerk to the Honorable Senior Judges for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Soo received her B.A. from Yonsei University and her M.A. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Soo received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, with honors, where she was a George Washington Scholar and Notes Editor of the Public Contract Law Journal. She received the Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award for her work providing legal assistance to low-income D.C. residents.  

Before attending law school, Soo was a Senior Democratic Fellow and Advisor to Congressman James P. McGovern, Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs.



Vidya Dindiyal was a Cohen Milstein Fellow (’19). She is currently an associate in the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice Group in Robins Kaplan’s New York City office where her practice focuses on prosecuting complex class actions involving price fixing, unlawful monopolization, and other anticompetitive practices.

Vidya received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, summa cum laude, where was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and her B.A. from Wellesley College where she served as the Shirley R. Sherr Human Rights Fellow. During law school, Vidya was a student-attorney for the International Human Rights Law Clinic where she represented clients before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and USCIS. Vidya also had the distinction of working for former United Nations Special Rapporteur, Juan E. Mendez, and was selected to serve as a Dean’s Fellow for the National Project on Addressing Prison Rape and for Professor Emeritus Claudio Grossman. While attending law school, Vidya worked for both the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice for the Human Rights Program of the ACLU. Prior to law school, Vidya was a Program Associate for the Ford Foundation's Democracy, Rights, and Justice initiative where she worked on grant-making initiatives to advance women's human rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights domestically and globally. 



Allen Dreschel was a Cohen Milstein Fellow (’18). After completing the Fellowship, Allen joined our Securities Litigation and Investor Protection practice. Now, Allen litigates consumer fraud cases as a staff attorney at the Federal Trade Commission.

Before joining Cohen Milstein, Allen served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kathleen Cardone for the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Before clerking, Allen worked as an attorney for Better Markets, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the public interest in the financial markets.

Allen did his undergraduate work at Georgia Tech and earned his law degree from the University of California at Hastings, where he assisted in the representation of a death-row inmate in the final stages of his federal appeals.


Avery Halfon was Cohen Milstein’s first Fellow (2015-2016). At Cohen Milstein, Avery investigated and litigated cases with the Public Client, Employee Benefits/ERISA, Civil Rights, and Human Rights practice groups. With the Employee Benefits/ERISA group, he helped draft a petition for certiorari in Pundt v. Verizon Commc’ns, Inc., No. 15-785, 2016 WL 2945235 (May 23, 2016), on ERISA standing, which the U.S. Supreme Court granted.

After Cohen Milstein, Avery served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jane B. Stranch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Avery is currently an associate at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, where he continues to represent victims of corporate misconduct, including plaintiffs injured through deceptive overcharge schemes, harmful products, sexual abuse, and discrimination.

Avery graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Law & Policy Review. Avery was also a member of the Alien Tort Statute litigation team with Harvard’s International Human Rights Clinic (where he collaborated with Cohen Milstein’s Human Rights practice group). During law school Avery worked for Senator Charles E. Schumer on the Senate Judiciary Committee, EarthRights International, and the New York State Attorney General’s Public Integrity Bureau. Avery earned his B.A. from Stanford University.



Sarah Bidinger Holz was a Cohen Milstein Fellow (’19). After leaving the Fellowship program, she became an associate in our Employee Benefits practice group, where she represented the interests of employees, retirees, plan participants and beneficiaries in ERISA cases across the country.

Before joining Cohen Milstein’s Fellowship program, Sarah was a Legal Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, where she represented incarcerated persons challenging their conditions of confinement in Mississippi prisons.  Prior to that, Sarah served as a law clerk for the Honorable David A. Ezra of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Sarah earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Providence College, and her J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law in 2015. During law school, Ms. Holz was an Articles Editor for International Law Journal and was also the President of the law school’s Human Rights Law Society.

Prior to law school, Sarah taught high school English in Forrest City, Arkansas through the Teach for America program.



Nicholas J. Jacques was a Cohen Milstein Fellow (’20). After leaving the Fellowship program, Nick joined us as an associate, working in the Human Rights practice, where he represents individuals who have been victims of torture, human trafficking, forced and slave labor, and other violations of international law.

Prior to joining Cohen Milstein’s Fellowship program, Nick was a law clerk to the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, as well as a law clerk to the Honorable Nancy Moritz for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Nick received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Northeastern University, and he received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Cornell Law School. While at law school he was Articles Editor at Cornell Law Review, Executive Bench Editor for the Moot Court Board, and Chapter President of the National Lawyers Guild.

Prior to law school, Nick was a journalist at The Boston Globe.

Nick’s bio, is available here.



Rylee Sommers-Flanagan was a Cohen Milstein Fellow (’20). After leaving the Fellowship program, Rylee became deputy legal counsel to Montana Governor Steve Bullock for the remainder of his gubernatorial term. (Governor Bullock termed out of office in 2020.)

Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Rylee was the Supreme Court Assistance Project Fellow with the Public Citizen Litigation Group. Before that she worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Ellen Segal Huvelle and the Honorable Thomas F. Hogan for the United States District Court of the District of Columbia. She also clerked for the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Rylee received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Emory University. She received her MLitt, with Distinction, from the University of St. Andrews, and her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she served as President of Stanford Law School’s chapter of the American Constitution Society and received the Ford Fellowship for future leaders in public interest law. She also served as Symposium Editor for the Criminal Law & Policy Journal, and as a board member of the Criminal Law Society.

While attending law school, Rylee served as an intern with the Brennan Center for Justice and in President Obama’s Office of the White House Counsel.