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My Impact is a new conversation series from Equal Justice Works, using interviews with alumni to shine a light on what’s possible with an Equal Justice Works Fellowship. For our second installment, we caught up with Milo Primeaux, a 2014 Equal Justice Works Fellow at Whitman-Walker Health and the founder and CEO of Just Roots Queer Consulting LLP.
As an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Whitman-Walker Health, Milo focused on overcoming legal barriers to employment and healthcare access for transgender individuals in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Milo discussed his time at Whitman-Walker Health, where the staff felt like family. He remarked on some of the high points, including assisting over 250 people who identify as transgender through pro bono name change clinics.
Milo spoke with Equal Justice Works Marketing Manager Shani DeWindt about his public interest law career, beginning with what motivated him to attend law school and how his Equal Justice Works Fellowship at Whitman-Walker Health allowed him to get his foot in the door of trans-liberation work.
“I identify as a queer trans person and was active in grassroots organizing, public education, and public policy advocacy work in central Ohio with the local trans community and the statewide trans community. It was an exhilarating opportunity to serve the community in that way, but I couldn’t help but feel like I could do more, especially in a state like Ohio, if I had more tools at disposal. It seemed like a law degree could help me serve the community more effectively.”
Milo spoke about his impressive career after the Fellowship, ranging from working as the lead attorney in the LGBT Rights Project at the Empire Justice Center in upstate New York to serving as a private practice civil rights attorney. He also discussed his newest project, Just Roots Consulting, a consulting firm that assists organizations with awareness, practices, policies, and leadership development frameworks needed to effectively and mindfully include, affirm, and celebrate LGBTQ+ and other historically marginalized people.
Additionally, Milo shared some helpful advice for all the recent law school graduates now entering the workforce:
“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb for something new and different, even if it’s not there and created for you as a cushy job description that meets your needs and wants exactly. Go make the job description… Think outside the box. You don’t have to work for a firm or a nonprofit legal services organization. Fellowships are incredible opportunities to gain a lot of resources, skills and organizational tools, and to sharpen your entrepreneurial skills to develop something from scratch.”
To learn more about becoming a 2021 Equal Justice Works Fellow and kickstart your public interest law career, visit here. Fellowship applicants are welcome to contact Milo with any additional questions about the application and Fellowship experience at [email protected].
Fellowships are incredible opportunities to gain a lot of resources, skills and organizational tools, and to sharpen your entrepreneurial skills to develop something from scratch.
Milo Primeaux /
2014 Equal Justice Works Fellow