Disability Rights North Carolina is excited to welcome Olivia Fisher, Breanna McHugh, Gabriela Monasterio, and Carolina Rodriguez as our 2021 summer intern class! The interns are working with our Criminal Justice, Community Inclusion, Client Assistance Services & Engagement, and Disaster Recovery teams on a range of issues and projects that will give them valuable experience in litigation, advocacy, public policy, and client services. We are happy that they decided to work with us this summer. 

Meet the Summer 2021 Law Interns

olivia fisher headshot - white young woman with brown hair, glasses and a white and black dress shirtOlivia Fisher

I’m a rising 2L at North Carolina Central University School of Law.  I completed my undergraduate degree at UNC-Asheville (c/o 2008) and my MSW from the University of Pittsburgh (c/o 2010).  I most recently spent five years as the supervisor for an independent living program in Chapel Hill serving adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities residing in private residences.  My interests include affordable housing and care access.  I serve on Orange County’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and the executive board for NCCU School of Law’s Trial Advocacy Board.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my nine-year-old daughter and cats.


Breanna McHughBreanna McHugh

I am a rising 3L at Duke University. I am interested in civil rights and health law and will be working on the Disaster Recovery team. Outside of law school, I enjoy distance running, hiking with my dog, and writing science fiction and fantasy stories.





Gabriela Monasterio

I am a rising 2L at the University of North Carolina. I grew up in a rural area just north of Richmond, Virginia, and I went to college in Boston at Northeastern University. I came back down south for law school because I needed some more sun in my life, and because my fiancé and I want to be close to our parents when we settle down. I am interested in disability law, Medicaid law, intellectual property law, and data privacy law. I currently live in Chapel Hill, but I drive up to Baltimore about once a month to visit my fiancé who works in Systems Engineering up there.


headshot carolina rodriguez, smiling latina woman with her hair pulled back in pony tail.Carolina Rodriguez

I’m Carolina. I graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in political science. I’m currently a rising 2L at Vermont Law School. In my free time, I enjoy bike riding, roller skating, and baking.