Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Full-Ride Law School Scholarships In Hand, These 10 Black Students Represent The Future Of Civil Rights Law

Following up on my previous post:  NAACP Receives $40 Million Gift To Pay Tuition For 50 Law Students Who Agree To Do Civil Rights Work In The South For 8 Years After Graduation:  Karen Sloan (, Full-Ride Law School Scholarships in Hand, These 10 Black Students Represent the Future of Civil Rights Law:

Marshall MotleyThe NAACP Legal Defense Fund on Monday unveiled the inaugural 10 recipients of the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program—a new initiative that provides full-ride law school scholarships, training and post-graduate fellowships to law students who commit to working for at least eight years on civil rights in the South after getting their J.D.s. The timing was fitting, given that May 17 is the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education—the seminal 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision that found school segregation to be unconstitutional.

Through the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund plans to spend $40 million to send about 50 future civil rights attorneys to law school over the next decade. The organization has said the funding comes from an anonymous donor. The program was named for NAACP Legal Defense Fund founder and the first Black U.S. Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall, and the first Black woman to be appointed as a federal judge, Constance Baker Motley. ...

The 10 recipients, each of whom were either born or raised in the South, were selected from more than 400 applicants. They will start their legal studies in the fall. They are:


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