The Masur Fellowship committee is pleased to announce that Theresa Lau is the 2014 recipient of the Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties. Theresa is a former legal assistant at the Dept. of Justice US Attorney's Office Healthcare Fraud Unit. Her summer internship is with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR)'s Fair Housing and Community Development Project, where she will "advocate on behalf of indigent and underserved populations by litigating lawsuits under the Fair Housing Act and related civil rights statutes." The work will "challenge discrimination in real estate market, zoning practice, and disparate lending practices."
At American University Washington College of Law, Theresa has received the Public Interest/Public Service Scholarship. Prior to law school, Theresa studied Women's and Gender Studies as well as Economics at Wellesley College.
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 $2,000 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 Theresa and wishes her all the best for a long and successful career.