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. 

The Fellowship

Applications are now closed for the 2019 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. Fellows each receive a $2,000 honorarium. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties.

Applicants should submit a proposal, no more than two pages, describing their intended summer project, along with a resumé, letter of recommendation, and the name and contact information of their faculty or organizational sponsor.

2018 Winner

Kyla Kaplan

Kyla Kaplan

Kyla Kaplan has been selected as the 2018 Masur Fellow in Civil Liberties. Kyla is a student at the University of Maryland School of Law spending her summer working at the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC). Kyla’s work will address issues of food insecurity and unequal access as well as the creation of sustainable food systems. Prior to her work at FLPC Kyla has spent many years working in and around food sustainability, food waste reduction, and improving the systems that affect what we eat and how it is produced.

About Robert Masur

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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