UW Law School student wins international ethics fellowship

Thomas Wilson

Thomas Wilson, a first-year student at University of Wisconsin Law School, is one of 12 law students chosen to participate in a unique two-week program for future law professionals.

FASPE—Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics— is an international program that explores the history of the Holocaust as a way to engage graduate students from four specific fields in intensive study. Students in law, journalism, medicine and religion will address current ethical issues in their discipline through this singular historical context.

Fellows begin their study this summer in New York, and later travel to Germany and Poland. FASPE covers all expenses, including transatlantic and European travel, food and lodging.

Wilson brings to the fellowship his experience in corporate business. He is interested in further exploring “how humans often bend their ethics when pressured to do so or when everyone else around them is bending theirs.”

He envisions tangible outcomes from his participation in FASPE. “My goal is to learn how to encourage and support others to make good ethical decisions,” he says.

Wilson joins a group of 48 fellows who represent a broad range of religious, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and who were chosen from nearly 900 applicants from around the world.

Another of the 2014 fellows is Matt Bobel, a student in UW's School of Medicine and Public Health. Working toward his MD-MPH dual degree, Bobel has taken the new law school course on public health law, which has J.D., M.D. and public health students all learning together.

Wilson’s fellowship comes less than a year after another UW Law student, Eileen Dorfman, completed the competitive FASPE Fellowship.

Read the full news release from FASPE.

Submitted by Law School News on April 25, 2014

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