CAMDEN — The University of Wisconsin Law School has selected a Rutgers–Camden alumna as the recipient of its highly prestigious William H. Hastie Fellowship.
Cori Harvey, a 2010 graduate of the Rutgers School of Law–Camden, will begin her two-year fellowship this fall. The program, which leads to the procurement of an LL.M. degree, has provided an opportunity for lawyers of color to prepare for a career in law teaching.
As a fellow, Harvey will pursue a scholarly interest of her choice and partake in intensive research and writing. She is to publish two significant pieces of legal scholarship and teach a course at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
One fellowship is awarded per year.
“I am beyond thrilled to have received this fellowship,” Harvey says. “The Hastie Fellowship has an almost four decades-long history of identifying and developing some of the finest minds in legal academia. This fellowship is one of the best because of the caliber of the school and because of the demands of the program. I take upholding this legacy very seriously. This is quite an honor.”
Harvey has worked as a public defender for the Defender Association of Philadelphia since graduating from the Rutgers School of Law–Camden.
“My career aspiration is to become a law professor at a great school and to do great scholarship that makes important contributions to our thinking on the law and which helps people,” Harvey says.
She was chosen for the fellowship following a rigorous application process that included a significant research proposal outlining the area of the law in which she’d like to write and publish, and a personal statement.
Harvey says her legal scholarship interests include exploring how different groups are or are not rewarded and incentivized by the same laws and contracts.
“The question of how and why legal power, a form of wealth, is distributed continues to be an incredibly important and timely examination, especially given the current political and business climates the country is facing,” Harvey says.
Harvey is quick to credit Rutgers–Camden for preparing her for her law career and for the fellowship by giving her the tools and opportunities to develop analytical and practical legal skills. While a student at Rutgers–Camden, she was active in pro bono activities like the low-income tax project, the bankruptcy project, Wills for Heroes, the Marshall-Brennan program, and the Children’s Justice Clinic.
She is a past recipient of Rutgers–Camden’s Mary Philbrook Student Service Award and a Pro Bono Significant Service Award, among other honors.
“My professors gave me the room to ask questions, to ponder their answers, and to develop my legal voice,” Harvey says. “With that foundation, I am confident that I will do well in this fellowship.”
Harvey received her undergraduate degree in economics from Spelman College in Atlanta and her MBA from Columbia University.
The University of Wisconsin established the Hastie Fellowship in 1973. It honors William H. Hastie, a lawyer, teacher, jurist, and civil rights advocate who championed the importance of high-quality legal education.
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