Dena is the 2019-2020 Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellow.
Before beginning the fellowship, Dena served as the Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable Alexander, Wright Jr. of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Dena attended the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where she graduated with honors and a certificate in Health Care Law in 2017. During law school, Dena interned with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Project HEAL, and the National Association of the Deaf. She also participated in Maryland Law’s Civil Rights of Persons with Disabilities Clinic, the Youth Justice Clinic., and served on the Executive Board of Maryland’s Moot Court Team as the Outside Competition Chair. In 2016, Dena won the Ninth Annual ABA Media Law Moot Court Competition, where she argued before the Hon. Stephen Higginson (5th Cir.), the Hon. Charles Wilson (11th Cir.), and the Hon. Sam Lindsay (N.D. Tex)
Before law school, Dena was an educator and community organizer. She taught elementary, middle, and high school English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) from 2012 to 2014 through Teach for America. She earned a Master’s in Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2014, and her Bachelor’s in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Colgate University in 2012.
When Dena is not lawyering, you can find her teaching storytelling at Wide Angle Youth Media, and facilitating workshops around racial equity, anti-oppression, and liberation.
Phone: (410) 625-9409 x222