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Hairston Is Named A Lindsay Rights Fellow

BATON ROUGE, La.—The son of the pastor of an Oklahoma City area Baptist church and a third-year law student at Louisiana State University, has been named a George N. Lindsay Civil Rights Legal Fellow , The Black Chronicle has learned.

The prestigious fellowship is given to only one law student in the entire nation each year. His receipt selection for the fellowship marks the first time a Louisiana State University law student was so named. Mr. Hairston will begin the fellowship in Sept. 16. He is scheduled to graduate from the law school at Louisiana State next year.

The Lindsay Fellowship provides an opportunity for recent law school graduates to become familiar with civil rights practice by as they work with many of the nation’s leading civil rights attorneys at the national office of the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights in Washington. As a fellow, Mr. Hairston will become involved with substantive legal activities, including case investigation, discovery and trial practice.

He will be given the opportunity to gain legal experience in one or more of these areas: voting rights, employment discrimination, education, and fair housing and community development. “I’m interested in issues relating to education, the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ and and the juvenile justice system,” Mr. Hairston said.

“One of the most enjoyable aspects of law school was my work with the Law Center’s Parole and Reentry Clinic,” the LSU law student continued. “The clinic really framed my approach to racial justice work and inspired me to work with the Advancement Project this past summer, and to, ultimately, apply for the Lindsay Fellowship.” Mr. Hairston said his long-term career goal is to become a criminal defense lawyer.

At LSU, Mr. Hairston participates in the Law Center’s Advocacy Programs, is a member of the Trial Advocacy Board, and is past president of the Law Center’s Black Law Students Association. “Leading BLSA has been the highlight of my law school experience,” he said. “I’m particularly proud of the Leadership Lecture Series we developed,” adding that the series “seeks to foster a dialogue about transitioning from life as a law student to life as an attorney, in addition to contributing to the professional development of our members.” The newly named Lindsay Fellow graduated from Howard University with a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 2013.

Mr. Hairston is the son of Rev. Dr. Daryl R. and Karen Hairston of Oklahoma City.

Rev. Hairston is pastor of the Acts Community Baptist Church of Oklahoma City.

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