The Calhoun Family Fellowship

In Summer 2020, the Defender Initiative is hosting the third cohort of the Calhoun Family Fellows. The Calhoun Family Fellowship was established by Jerry Calhoun (BA, Seattle University '67) to advance equal justice.

The fellowship, inspired by Jerry Calhoun's association with Bryan Stevenson and The Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, provides a tremendous opportunity for Seattle U Law students to advance their skills and training to promote equal justice.

In the first summer of the fellowship, four students worked on projects addressing youth justice issues, including racial disparity and sentencing and diversion. They worked with The Defender Association of King County's Department of Public Defense and with Community Passageways.

Hyun-Mi Kim, Michael McCorkle, Noe Merfeld, and Jacob Walsh were the inaugural Fellows. Mr. Calhoun generously invited and funded the Fellows in 2018 and 2019 to join him and his family to visit the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice established by The Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama.

The 2019 Fellows were Jessica Alvarez, Catherine Bentley, McKenzi Hoover, Braelah McGinnis, and Tori Sullivan. They also worked on equal justice issues, focused on youth, and worked with Defender attorneys and Community Passageways. They participated in meetings with other advocacy groups and in both years, the Fellows met with successful lawyers and judges.

The 2020 Fellows are Mynor Lopez, Carsen Nies, Dontay Proctor-Mills, and Sam Sueoka.

"States can and Should Reevaluate Sentencing for Inmates Serving Life Sentences," Mynor Lopez, National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) blog post, August 28, 2020

Photo 1: U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal meeting with 2020 Fellows.
Photo 2: Justice Mary Yu meets with the 2020 Calhoun Family Fellows and Professor Boruchowitz.
Photo 3: Jerry Calhoun, Andrea Wenet, and the 2019 Calhoun Family Fellows.
Photo 4: The 2019 Calhoun Family Fellows with Professor Boruchowitz on their retreat in the San Juan Islands.
Photo 5: U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal meets with the Fellows and Professor Boruchowitz.
Photo 6: Professor Bob Chang met with the students to discuss how to write, organize, and edit an appellate amicus brief.
Photo 7: Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu meets with the 2019 Fellows.
Photos 8, 9, 10: In both 2018 and 2019, the Fellows visited the Equal Justice Initiative’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Legacy Museum.
Photos 11, 12: The Fellows attended the 2018 Inaugural events for the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum.

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