Newly admitted to practice law in Washington, D.C., and now sitting for the Virginia bar exam, Gabrielle Alessi-Friedlander joined the team at Cole Miller as a Law Clerk in September 2019.

As an undergraduate student at Tulane University, Ms. Alessi-Friedlander worked for several years at the New Orleans Audrey Hepburn Children at Risk Evaluation (C.A.R.E.) Center with children who had been abused and/or neglected. Ms. Alessi-Friedlander drew such inspiration from the caseworkers, but most especially from the children and their sheer resilience. Some label this as “ordinary magic,” but Ms. Alessi-Friedlander could not disagree more as the children and their strength were anything but ordinary.

Truthfully, it was the children’s resiliency that fueled Ms. Alessi-Friedlander’s journey to the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, where she earned her Juris Doctorate and Graduate Diploma in Comparative/International Law Degrees, both with cum laude honors.

Ms. Alessi-Friedlander remained deeply committed to serving children and families and continued to seek opportunities to provide legal and policy advocacy while in law school. Ms. Alessi-Friedlander served as the Legal Extern for U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Public Interest Legal Fellow at IRIS Domestic Violence Shelter, Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center Legal/Policy Extern, Judicial Extern at the 21st JDC Juvenile Court, and Public Interest Legal Fellow at the Mental Health Advocacy Service and Child Advocacy Program. Moreover, Ms. Alessi-Friedlander also assisted with policy efforts at Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana.

For Ms. Alessi-Friedlander’s commitment to public service and dedication to family and children’s advocacy during law school, she was honored with the most prestigious law student award in Louisiana—the LSBA Student Pro Bono Award—from the Louisiana State Bar Association. The LSBA Student Pro Bono Award celebrated how Ms. Alessi-Friedlander continuously sought public interest opportunities to elevate the voices of children, women, and families.

Dedicated to using her educational and professional background to make a positive difference, Ms. Alessi-Friedlander moved to Washington, DC and served as the Associate for the Reentry Ready Project at Convergence Center for Policy Resolution to create and support effective criminal justice reform. Ms. Alessi-Friedlander then served as Senior Coordinator to Executive Leadership at the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Well prepared by her educational and professional commitments, Ms. Alessi-Friedlander is a vigorous advocate for all Cole Miller clients.