Type Media Center Announces Recipients of the 2020 Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties
Type Media Center is pleased to announce Divya Babbula and Austin Field as the two recipients of the 2020 Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties. The fellowship, which carries a $2,000 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 the unemployed, minorities, and the poor. Robert Masur dedicated his legal career to protecting the rights of the unemployed, minorities and the poor. 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.
This year, due to COVID-19, we opened the fellowship competition to proposals which included remote projects. We received a record number of applications from around the country — more than double what was received in 2018. The selection committee was impressed by the caliber of work all the applicants proposed and are particularly inspired by both the experience and proposed activities the fellowship recipients shared.
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