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.

Applying

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 GPO@law.wisc.edu.

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 GPO@law.wisc.edu

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

    Attorney
    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 '99
    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 ‘89
    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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