Howard Law Professor Joins Social Justice Legal Foundation Advisory Board

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Professor Lucius T. Outlaw III

Howard Law Professor Joins Social Justice Legal Foundation Advisory Board

Lucius T. Outlaw III, associate professor of law and supervising attorney of the Criminal Justice Clinic at Howard University School of Law, has joined the advisory board of the Social Justice Legal Foundation – a new foundation backed by California-based litigation law firm Hueston Hennigan, which has committed $10 million for fellowships to train law school graduates from five top law schools to try cases addressing key social justice issues, and be mentored by established trial attorneys.

The Social Justice Legal Foundation is a partnership with Columbia Law School; Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law; Stanford Law School; the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law; and Yale Law School. Beginning this spring, the foundation will select one third-year student from each participating school for a two-year post-graduate fellowship. The fellows will receive an annual $70,000 salary plus benefits and funding for bar study. During those two years, they will help vet and pursue groundbreaking social justice and equity cases, while learning alongside experienced trial lawyers, activists and academics. The fellows will be overseen by an executive director and two full-time staff attorneys, with Hueston Hennigman attorneys offering pro bono assistance.

“When we came up with the idea here—which really was the idea of a collaboration between private sector trial lawyers and leading law schools, to try to get a unique blend of courtroom talent and academic thoughts and a mentor program—we really felt like we were coming up with something innovative,” Hueston said.

The foundation will rotate its focus every two years between six key areas: housing and homeless discrimination; LGBTQ+ rights; immigrant justice; voting rights; criminal justice reform; Native American discrimination; and economic justice. The foundation’s leadership, academic partners, fellows and its Board of Advisors will work together to determine which are to tackle during each two-year period.

That board includes a number of legal heavy hitters, including retired California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, Western Center on Law & Poverty Executive Director Crystal Crawford, and U.S. District Judge David Carter of the Central District of California. It also includes representatives from each of the five participating law schools. Outlaw is excited to be a part of this endeavor.

"I hope to add to the SJLF's diversity of thought and experience by sharing with the foundation HUSL's long history and tradition of shaping young lawyers to become social engineers who confront the injustices and inequalities that impeded our country's ability to be a more perfect union," Outlaw said.

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