From the 2010 News Archive
2L Ronald Chatters Receives Soros Justice Fellowship
Ronald Chatters III, a second-year law student at the University of Maryland School of Law, was selected by the Open Society Institute
as a recipient of the 2010 Soros Justice Fellowship
, an honor bestowed to a group of extraordinary scholars, lawyers, advocates and journalists nationwide to tackle issues including racial profiling, federal immigration enforcement, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Chatters’ fellowship will include working for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California in Los Angeles for a year and a half to advocate on behalf of thousands of incarcerated people with disabilities who have lost vital Supplementary Security Income benefits and health insurance while in prison.
"In an era where mass incarceration has become a national phenomenon, especially for communities of color, I am deeply committed to protecting prisoners’ rights and advocating for prison reform," Chatters said. "More importantly, I strive to shape the direction of criminal justice policy so that the system will become more equitable, efficient, and humane for all people. … A legal education offers the additional tools I need to become a guardian of the guarded."
At the University of Maryland School of Law, Chatters had led the Law School’s Black Law Student Association
as its Second Vice President and by serving as a Leadership Scholar. Prior to coming to the School of Law, he served as a Princeton University Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellow for the ACLU of Southern California, a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Fellow, and a Columbia University Third Millennium Foundation Human Rights Fellow for the Correctional Association of New York and the United Nations’ Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD) in São Paulo, Brazil. He received his M.P.A. in Domestic Policy from Princeton University and a B.A. in Economics-Political Science from Columbia University.
The Open Society Institute selected 17 other justice leaders from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1997, the Open Society Institute has awarded more than $15 million to Soros Justice Fellows as part of a broader effort to curb mass incarceration and ensure a fair and equitable system of justice in the United States.
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