Dennis Corkery '00

Where do you live and what do you do?

I live in Washington, D.C. I am a Senior Staff Attorney at the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, a non-profit. In that role I litigate civil rights cases pro bono in the areas of employment discrimination, wage theft, and police misconduct, among others. I also manage our intake process and supervise the paralegals and interns.
 
Why do you choose to support Shore and The Shore Fund each year?

I give to Shore every year because Shore provided me with a formative foundation for everything in life. It was a nurturing and supportive place to go to school that also taught the value of hard work and friendship.
 
What inspired you to make your first gift as a Shore graduate?

I was so proud to be an alum. It felt like taking a step into adulthood to make one.
 
What schools did you attend after Shore? How did Shore prepare you for future learning and your career?

I attended Phillips Academy for high school. I received my B.A. from the University of Chicago and my J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. Shore prepped me on how to be a critical and creative thinker and how to be a writer. Cathy Griffin hands-down taught me the fundamentals of how to put together a sentence, a paragraph, an argument, and eventually an essay. I used those skills every day at school and now every day at work, whether it is drafting an email or a brief. Shore also set the stage for my current career. The very first history lesson that I remember at Shore was in Kindergarten, when Ms. McNeil used a picture board to teach us about the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
 
Do you have a favorite memory as a Shore student?
 
I always loved Arts Nights in the spring. In seventh grade, I got to conduct the girls’ choir singing a piece I wrote. It was probably one of the proudest moments of my life.
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    • "I give to Shore every year because Shore provided me with a formative foundation for everything in life."