FIRE’s legal intern for summer 2013 is Cara Gagliano, a rising second-year law student at New York University School of Law who is pursuing a career in constitutional litigation. At NYU she is involved in the Suspension Representation Project and the Know Your Rights Project, a student group that educates local high school students about their Fourth Amendment rights.
Before enrolling at NYU, Cara graduated from Northwestern University, where she spent her four years as a Linguistics major and a college radio DJ. After graduation, she received a Fulbright grant to teach English and American Studies at two high schools in Zlín, Czech Republic.
Cara became interested in constitutional rights at a young age, proudly showing off her ACLU membership card to her eighth-grade classmates. Unlike many of her other middle-school interests, this ardor for civil liberties has held firm and continued to develop, leading her to law school and now FIRE. Cara was drawn to FIRE by its principled stance that all students have rights to free speech and due process—no matter the content of their opinions. She especially appreciates the diversity of viewpoints within the organization and looks forward to a summer of being challenged intellectually while promoting the rights she values so deeply.