The Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties

The application process for the 2016 Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties is now closed. 

The Masur Fellowship committee is pleased to announce that Samantha Jackson and Amber Lara are the 2016 co-recipients of the Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties.

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 recipients each receive 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 in his memory to support the work to which he was dedicated, and to encourage young people to pursue public-interest legal careers.

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