PUBLISHED:December 02, 2021

Grady '22 happy to help state that holds "a large part of my heart" through externship


The Alabama native is working with Rep. Terri Sewell, who represents the state's seventh congressional district, as part of the Duke in D.C. program.

Brittany Grady ’22 reports that she is enjoying her time working with U.S. Representative Terri Sewell, as part of the Law School's Duke in D.C. externship program. The program gives students interested in public policy, public service, and careers in the public sector an opportunity to engage in hands-on law practice through a full-time externship experience in Washington, D.C.

Brittany Grady '22 and Rep. Terri Sewell
Brittany Grady '22 and Rep. Terri Sewell

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Grady said she was eager to intern with Congresswoman Sewell, who represents Alabama's seventh congressional district. Before beginning law school, Grady was an intern for Sewell on various occasions in multiple offices. Grady's admiration for the congresswoman and her love of her state are reflected in her continued service to try to improve the conditions of all Alabamians.

"Growing up, I was eager to spread my wings and travel outside the state of Alabama," Grady said. "However, in adulthood I have come to appreciate and enjoy my native state much more. Alabama is such a special place, and it will forever occupy a large part of my heart."

Throughout her externship, Grady has been able to attend congressional sessions, volunteer at annual community events, and review current legislation. For her final semester, Grady will be participating in the Duke Visiting Away Program to attend Cumberland School of Law located in Birmingham. She plans to continue her externship with Congresswoman Sewell.

Grady is one of nearly 30 students completing externships this semester through the Duke Law Externship Program, which gives students the opportunity to hone their legal skills by working in judges’ chambers, in general counsel’s offices, at non-profit advocacy organizations, and with state and federal government offices.

Externship placements in North Carolina this semester include the N.C. Department of Justice, Legal Aid NC, Planned Parenthood of the South Atlantic, and Duke University’s Office of Asset Management. Students are also taking advantage of remote workplaces to extern while taking classes in person at the Law School.
For more information about Duke Law's Externship Program, please visit or contact Professor Anne Gordon at