Law Students Engage In National Advocacy Training Through Charles Koch Grant

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By Texas A&M University School of Law

With support from the Charles Koch Foundation, Aggie Law’s criminal justice and advocacy scholars are turning classroom study into experiential learning. Grant funds support student research, including the drafting of policy papers, and also the expansion of their advocacy networks throughout the nation, subsidizing conference and related travel costs.

Last fall, Texas A&M University School of Law Professor Lisa A. Rich received the grant to develop and teach this spring the course Criminal Justice Scholars and Advocates.

Texas A&M University School of Law Professor Lisa A. Rich.

Texas A&M University School of Law Professor Lisa A. Rich.

Rich said the students enrolled in the course are well on the way to drafting their scholarship on criminal justice issues and attending conferences to expand their advocacy networks.                                                                                       
“The grant is enhancing this classroom knowledge immensely, giving our students the chance to meet expert advocates, policymakers, and scholars in their chosen fields of interest,” she said.

“Students have started the semester discussing the leadership and coalition building qualities necessary to lead and participate in a public policy setting, and now they will put that observation into practice,” she said.

Indeed starting this month, the eight students involved will travel to New York City, Washington, D.C., Miami and San Antonio.

Students in the course are:

  • 3L Kyle Carney – Attending the American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • 2L Nathan Davis – Attending the American Bar Association’s 31st Annual White Collar Crime Conference in Miami.
  • 2L Tyla Evans – Attending the 2017 LEAD Conference: Moving from Research to Policy & Practice to Improve the Lives of Youth in Washington, D.C.
  • 3L William Gribble – Attending the 2017 Texas Emergency Management Conference in San Antonio.
  • 3L Avery Ory – Attending the 2017 DC Prisoner & Reentry Symposium:  State of Our Union in D.C.
  • 2L Madeline Pricer – Attending the 2017 DC Prisoner & Reentry Symposium:   State of Our Union in Washington, D.C.
  • 2L Kriti Sharma – Attending the 2017 DC Prisoner & Reentry Symposium:  State of Our Union in Washington, D.C.
  • 2L Shelby Sterling – Attending the 2017 National Conference on Juvenile Justice in New York, New York.

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This story was originally posted on the Law School website. 


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