The Robert Masur Fellowship committee is pleased to announce that Charell Arnold is the 2011 recipient of the fellowship. Charell is a former New Orleans Public Defenders Office Investigator in her first year at Tulane University Law School. Her summer internship is a law clerk placement with the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana (CPCPL), a nonprofit New Orleans law firm that assists indigent men and women sentenced to the death penalty in Louisiana.
At Tulane, Charell has been the recipient of the Dean's Scholarship and the Harvey Felix Brunot Scholarship Award. Prior to law school, Charell studied English language and literature at the University of Chicago, where she was a witness and defense attorney at the University of Chicago mock trial team.
The fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. The fellowship recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium.
Robert Masur dedicated his legal career to protecting the rights of the unemployed, minorities and the poor. A 1973 graduate of Stanford Law School, he spent six years at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago where he litigated a number of employment and consumer law cases. In 1976, he successfully argued an employment discrimination case before the Supreme Court. He entered private practice in 1981, where he focused on consumer protection law. His friends and family established the Robert Masur Fellowship Program in his memory to support the work to which he was dedicated, and to encourage young people to pursue public-interest legal careers.
The Robert Masur Fellowship committee congratulates Charell and wishes her all the best for a long and successful career in civil liberties law.