Andrew’s deep commitment to civil rights is evident in his work experience, leadership, and education.

Work Experience

Andrew edited and conducted research for a highly acclaimed biography on the early life of civil rights legend Justice Thurgood Marshall as a research assistant to Professor Larry S. Gibson.

As a student attorney in the University of Maryland Immigration Clinic, Andrew provided pro bono representation to indigent Hispanic clients. As part of the legal team in one notable case, he argued before the Board of Immigration Appeals for the termination of deportation proceedings against his clients on due process grounds because a state police officer had arrested the clients without any legal justification and solely because of the color of their skin.

Andrew’s work has also touched on civil rights issues through his efforts to improve access to affordable housing with the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) and Enterprise Homes. At DHCA, Andrew helped administer the landmark Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit Program and helped develop the regulations associated with the new Workforce Housing law. At Enterprise, Andrew conducted an in-depth analysis of the operating costs and development costs for several Enterprise rental properties and explored new funding opportunities.

Leadership

Andrew was an Articles Editor of the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class. In his published journal comment, Andrew encourages the U.S. Department of Labor to protect equal opportunity by using its full authority under the Fair Labor Standards Act to demand that employers pay interns at least minimum wage. Previously, in a letter to the editor published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Andrew spoke out against unpaid internships as a workers’ rights issue.

In July 2008, the Baltimore Sun published Andrew’s letter to the editor responding to revelations that Maryland State Police engaged in surveillance of peaceful anti-war and anti-death penalty groups. In light of the First Amendment protection of freedom of assembly, Andrew questioned what laws the law enforcement officers were enforcing, particularly while thousands of Baltimoreans were the victims of violent crime.

In 2004–2005, serendipity placed Andrew at the center of a heated LGBT rights controversy while he represented 130,000 students as a student member of the Montgomery County Board of Education Citizens Advisory Committee on Family Life and Human Development. The CAC reviews the quality, relevance, and factual validity of materials for sex education classes. On November 4, 2004, Andrew watched proudly as the Board accepted the CAC’s recommendations to expand the curriculum to include basic information on homosexuality. An opposition group formed the next day, waging media and legal wars against the CAC and Board members. Under pressure, the Board dissolved the CAC in May. Click here to view an article about the controversy and Andrew’s involvement in it.

Education

Andrew took several courses relating to civil rights, including Constitutional Law II (Individual Rights), Criminal Procedure, and International Human Rights. In his Comparative Constitutional Law class, Andrew wrote a paper comparing American and Israeli law on national security-based racial exclusion with particular emphases on Korematsu v. United States and Beit Sourik Village Council v. The Government of Israel. As part of his Fourth Circuit Decisions class, Andrew authored the American Bar Association media alert on Boitnott v. Corning, a case involving rights for people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.