Brianna Terrell joined Relman Colfax in 2020 for a two-year term as a civil rights paralegal. Her work focuses on supporting the firm's civil rights litigation practice.
Brianna graduated from the University of Rochester in 2020 cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and American Sign Language (ASL), with Distinction, and Certificate in Community- Engaged Learning. She spent most of her undergraduate career volunteering at non-profit Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities (HEARD), supporting wrongfully
convicted and actually innocent Deaf and hard of hearing individuals pre- and post- incarceration. Her joint-major senior capstone focused on improving the provision of ASL interpreters in the New York Unified Court System and recently established a policy change at the state level. Brianna also completed internships for AmeriCORPs, the Colorado Governor's Office, and criminal defense attorney and certified legal ASL interpreter Amber D. Farrelly. For her distinguished commitment to public service, Brianna was awarded the Sue S. Stewart Women's Leadership Award her senior year of college.
Brianna is conversational in American Sign Language with over six years of experience. After her time at the firm, she plans on attending law school in a Public Interest track, hoping to specialize in Deaf and disability rights advocacy. In her free time, Brianna enjoys canoeing on Maryland's many waterways, mingling with the D.C. Deaf community, hiking, biking, and coaching Speech and Debate at a local high school.