Manhattan Country School alumni siblings Lee Gelernt '75 and Michelle Gelernt '81 are featured in the February 13 & 20, 2017 issue of The New Yorker. The article highlights their work on two recent high-profile legal cases.
As a public defender, Michelle recently advocated on behalf of Joaquín Guzmán, the extradited Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. Lee, an ACLU attorney, argued against the executive order barring refugees from entering the United States and suspending immigration from seven countries.
The article mentions that Lee and Michelle attended MCS and Lee talks about the influence the school had on their career paths.
“'We went into public-interest-type jobs because of the school,' Lee said. 'It’s a private school, but you only pay what you can afford. There are twenty kids per grade, and it never has any majority race, religion, or ethnic group.'”