Type Media Center is pleased to announce Christina Ge and Madeline Wood as the two recipients of the 2024 Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties. The fellowship, which carries a $3,000 prize, is for law students who intend to carry out significant activities over the summer between their first and second years related to civil rights and/or civil liberties.

The fellowship itself is named for Robert Masur, a 1973 graduate of Stanford Law School, who dedicated his legal career to protecting the rights of vulnerable people. Masur 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. In 1985, 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.

The selection committee is always incredibly impressed by the caliber of work all the applicants propose and are particularly inspired by both the experience and proposed activities this year’s fellowship recipients shared.

“Type is thrilled to award the Masur prize this year to Christina Ge and Madeline Wood,” said Taya McCormick-Grobow, Executive Director and CEO of Type Media Center. “Their individual summer projects and their deep commitment to building a more just country remind us that the young will lead the way.”

Christina Ge is a rising 2L at Harvard Law School. After completing her undergraduate education at Brown University, she helped fight racial and sexual discrimination in employment cases at Sanford Heisler Sharp, a plaintiff-side law firm, and conducted economic research on expanding paid leave at Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality. This summer, Christina will work with the Civil Rights Bureau at the Office of the New York State Attorney General. She will work on various issues including countering housing discrimination and voter suppression through impact litigation, which she is excited to pursue as a career.

Madeline Wood (she/her) is a rising 2L at BrooklynLaw School where she is an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Fellow. Prior to law school, she graduated magna cum laude and with departmental honors in American Studies and Peace and Justice Studies from Wellesley College. After college, she worked at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University on emerging First Amendment issues in the digital age. This summer, Madeline will continue her First Amendment work with the National Lawyers Guild supporting protestors’ rights. 

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