University of Wisconsin–Madison

William H. Hastie Fellowship Program

Increasing the Diversity of the Law Teaching Profession

William H. Hastie

William H. Hastie

For over 40 years, the University of Wisconsin Law School's William H. Hastie Fellowship Program has provided aspiring scholars an outstanding opportunity to prepare for a career in law teaching. The Fellowship reflects a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and especially encourages applications from candidates of color and other underrepresented communities in the legal academy. The Hastie Fellowship is a two-year program. Fellows pursue a scholarly agenda of their choice, typically prepare two pieces for publication, and receive mentoring in both their teaching and scholarly work.

The University of Wisconsin established the Hastie Fellowship in 1973. It honors William H. Hastie (1904-1976), a lawyer, teacher, jurist and civil rights advocate who championed the importance of high-quality legal education. University of Wisconsin Law School Professor James E. Jones, Jr. (1924-2014), well-known as a leading expert in labor law and as the architect of several significant programs aimed at achieving greater racial equality in the work force, was a moving force in creating this program.

The Program

The Hastie Fellowship Program encourages scholarship in the full range of law studies. Wisconsin has a particularly strong tradition supporting studies of the law in action and interdisciplinary work. Fellows are encouraged to take full advantage of long-established ties between the law faculty and faculty in other disciplines, and they will have access to the vast resources of the entire University.

Each Hastie Fellow, before beginning work, establishes a relationship with a faculty member who will serve as the Fellow's principal research advisor. The fellow may also be paired with a second mentor and will have many opportunities to engage with additional members of the faculty, including members of the Hastie Fellowship Committee.

Hastie Fellows devote the majority of their time to their own research agenda, researching and writing scholarly articles with support from a faculty advisor and the Hastie Fellowship Committee. Typically, a Fellow prepares two publishable articles during their time in residence, and relies upon these articles in their applications for law teaching positions. Hastie Fellows can also receive an LL.M degree based upon the scholarly work they complete during the fellowship.

Another important aspect of the Hastie Fellowship Program is helping each Fellow develop strong teaching skills. Fellows have opportunities to observe teaching in their subjects of interest and discuss strategies with faculty members. In addition, Fellows typically elect to teach a course or seminar in their area of interest in the final semester of the program.

Fellows are also encouraged to become involved in the rich intellectual and social community of the Law School. For example, Fellows are welcome to attend faculty workshops, colloquia, and social gatherings; to engage with the many scholars and public officials who visit the Law School each year; and to participate in a range of student-sponsored activities.

Fellowship Term

The term and internal sequence of the Hastie Fellowship Program are designed to accommodate the needs for intensive research and writing, participation in the hiring process of law schools, and gaining teaching experience. Hastie Fellows will be appointed for a term of two years. During the term of the appointment, Fellows are required to be in residence in Madison and enrolled at the University of Wisconsin Law School, with a commitment to participating fully in the life of the Law School.

The first year of the program is devoted primarily to scholarship. By the fall of the second year, Fellows should be sufficiently advanced in their research to submit their applications to the law teaching market. The final semester in residence focuses on providing, whenever possible, a teaching experience and finishing the Fellow's publications.

Application Process

The goal of the Hastie Fellowship Program is to contribute to diversity and inclusion in American law school teaching based on experience in and understanding of this country. For that reason, the Hastie Fellowship Committee strongly prefers applicants who have substantial life experience in the United States and whose basic law degree is from an accredited American law school.


Application materials are accepted beginning October 1st of every year. Candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Deadline for Fall 2019: February 1, 2019

To apply for the Hastie Fellowship Program, an applicant should submit the following to the Graduate Programs Office:

  • Personal statement: Please explain your interest in legal scholarship and teaching. Please include how your participation would contribute to the Program's goals of increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal academy.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Research proposal: Please describe, in two to three single-spaced pages, the research you plan to pursue during the Hastie Fellowship. In addition to describing your general research interests, the proposal should identify two specific scholarly works that you expect to develop during your time in residence.
  • Two or three letters of reference
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended

Applicants should email their personal statement, resume, and research proposal in PDF format to the Graduate Programs Office at

Letters of reference and official transcripts should be mailed to the Graduate Programs Office using the following address:

University of Wisconsin Law School
Attn: Graduate Programs Office
975 Bascom Mall, Room 3222
Madison, WI 53706-1399 

Remuneration and Support Services

Fellows are provided a stipend, currently at $40,000/year, which is increased from time to time to reflect the local cost of living, and a research support fund (currently $4,000 per year for each year of the fellowship). Complete fringe benefits are available for a modest cost and may include medical insurance, dental care, and life insurance.

In addition to the stipend, the Law School furnishes support services. Each Fellow is provided a private office. A desktop computer and printer are provided, as are office supplies and photocopying.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Programs Office at

Current Hastie Fellow

The current Hastie Fellow is Rabea Benhalim (2017-2019).

Hastie Fellow Program Graduates

Hastie Fellows have served or are now serving on the faculties of law schools throughout the country. Among our graduates are:

Shalanda H. Baker '12
Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Northeastern University School of Law

Mario Barnes '04
Toni Rembe Dean
Professor of Law
University of Washington School of Law

Rabea Benhalim
William H. Hastie Fellow
University of Wisconsin Law School

Daniel O. Bernstine '75, former Dean of the University of Wisconsin Law School
President and CEO, 2007-2016
Law School Admissions Council

Nancy O. Bernstine '76
Policy Consultant
National AIDS Housing Coalition

Gregory H. Bigler '88
Attorney General Sac and Fox Nation
Attorney General Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma
Supreme Court Judge for: Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma; Kansas Kickapoo
Court of Appeals Judge for Mashantucket Pequot Nation
District Judge Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
District Court of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Paula E. Bonds '84
Attorney, Organizational Development Consultant and Coach

Rev. Marilyn O. Bowens '93
Senior Pastor
Imani MCC of Durham

Laura A. Cisneros '08
Professor of Law
Faculty Director, Honors Lawyering Program
Golden Gate University School of Law

Kimberle Williams Crenshaw '85
Professor of Law
Columbia Law School and
University of California, Los Angeles

David DeHorse '06
DeHorse Law Office

Douglas B. L. Endreson '80
Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP

Rory S. Fausett ‘86
Professor, Native American Studies
University of California at Berkeley 

Casey Faucon '15
Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Instruction and Director of the Entrepreneurship Clinic
University of Alabama School of Law

Ruben Garcia '02
Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research and Professor of Law
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

Michele Bratcher Goodwin '00
Chancellor’s Professor of Law
Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy
University of California, Irvine School of Law

Michael Z. Green
Professor of Law and Director, Program in Workplace Law
Texas A&M University School of Law

Donald P. Harris '03
Professor of Law
Temple University Beasley School of Law

Cori Harvey '14
Associate Professor of Law
Florida A&M University College of Law

Osamudia James '08
Acting Dean & Professor of Law
Social Justice/Public Interest Concentration Affiliated Faculty
University of Miami School of Law

Thomas D. Jones '79

Donald "Del" Laverdure '99
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs
The United States Department of the Interior (DOI)

Stacy L. Leeds '00
Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law
University of Arkansas

Cary Martin Shelby ‘13
Associate Professor of Law
DePaul University College of Law

Teresa A. Miller
Professor; Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence
SUNY University at Buffalo School of Law

Thomas W. Mitchell '99
Professor of Law and Co-Director, Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law
Texas A&M University School of Law

Richard A. Monette '97
Professor of Law; Director, Great Lakes Indian Law Center
University of Wisconsin Law School

Daniel Morales
Associate Professor of Law
DePaul University College of Law

Adele Morrison '03
Associate Professor of Law
Wayne State University Law School

Michael Oeser '10
Visiting Associate Professor of Law
Valparaiso University Law School

Victoria Palacios '76
Professor Emeritus of Law
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Stephanie L. Phillips '88
Professor of Law
SUNY University at Buffalo School of Law

Courtlyn Roser-Jones '18
Assistant Professor 
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Yusuf A. Salaam
Former Member of the Alabama House of Representatives, District 67

Lahny R. Silva '11
Professor of Law and Dean's Fellow
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Charisa Smith '17
Associate Professor
CUNY School of Law

D. Daniel Sokol '07
Professor of Law
University of Florida Levin College of Law 

Carmen R. Stanfield '93

Donald F. Tibbs '07
Professor of Law
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Winnie F. Taylor '79
Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School

Susana L. Valdovinos '90
Former Director of the Office of Academic Personnel
Kansas State University

Ruth A. Witherspoon '82
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Visiting Associate Professor of Law
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

Lua Kamal Yuille '13
Associate Professor of Law
Affiliated Professor, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
University of Kansas School of Law

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