USD Law Student Adam Mourad's Chance Hearing of Radio Show Leads to Civil Rights Externship in New York City

San Diego (October 8, 2013) - Adam Mourad, ’14 (JD), read an article online about Guantanamo Bay prisoners that quoted the director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Deciding it sounded like an organization he’d love to work for, Mourad contacted the director and arranged a phone interview. The interview led to an externship working on civil rights issues in New York City.

“Most of my work concerned a class action against the city over a fire department induction test,” remarked Mourad about his externship. “The District Court had found intentional discrimination, and my task was to interview people whose hiring had been delayed in order to assess possible damages.”

The externship helped Mourad develop and refine his interviewing skills. He learned not to force his agenda on the people he interviewed, but to simply let them tell their stories.

“I did need to educate the clients about the nature of the case and the elements of the claim we were making, but without trying to get the clients to give me answers I wanted to hear,” he said.

Mourad thinks the externship was just what he needed as a change from academia. He loved the opportunity to do actual work and to communicate with lawyers five days a week. Being proactive, he requested more assignments and was able to improve his writing skills.

Mourads’s background is anything but typical. Born in Florida to Egyptian parents, he grew up in Saudi Arabia and then attended high school and college in Canada. Fluent in Arabic, Mourad pays yearly visits to his extended family in Egypt.

“As a citizen of Egypt, the United States, and Canada, I can see current issues from a broad perspective, he said. “I view the current unrest there as due in part to Egypt’s subjection for so many centuries to outside control by foreign powers or internal control by the military, preventing the development of robust democratic traditions and procedures.”

After graduation, Mourad hopes to build on his varied experiences to pursue a career in domestic or international civil rights law.

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Adam Mourad '14 (JD)

Adam Mourad '14 (JD)