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Three Law and Public Policy Program Graduates Awarded
The Eleanore Dulin and James Clanton Haynes Memorial Scholarship

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Law and Public Policy Program (LPP) graduates, Corrine Berbaum, Latena Hazard, and Erica McCrea (pictured above L to R with Dean Daniel F. Attridge and LPP Program Director and Professor Roger Colinvaux), were awarded The Eleanore Dulin and James Clanton Haynes Memorial Scholarship on May 24, 2018. 

The Dulin-Haynes scholarship is awarded each year to one or more outstanding LPP students in their final year of law school to help support the transition to work in the public interest field. The award is made on the basis of a student's commitment to a career in public service, academic and professional achievement during law school, including performance in LPP course work, and contribution to the Law and Public Policy Program.

The following graduates were awarded the scholarship: 

Corrine Berbaum. Corrine’s project related to a technology called predictive crime mapping. Predictive crime mapping allows police departments to predict where crimes are likely to occur and so more efficiently and effectively deploy scarce police resources. Corrine explored whether her hometown of Allentown, Pa., could benefit from this technology. She learned that government funding was generally not available for small towns like Allentown. She advocated for a change in the funding rules and also encouraged local stakeholders like universities to develop the research to make mapping viable. After graduation, Corrine heads to Miami to work for the Department of Justice.

Latena Hazard
. Latena’s project was grounded in her commitment to improve the foster care system in her home state of Massachusetts. One of the general rules of foster care is that biological parents have to give up their custodial right to their children in order to pave the way for adoption. The problem is that some kids do not get adopted, and if their parents later become able to care for their kids, they no longer have the legal right. Latena looked into ways to fix this problem and restore custodial rights to parents in some circumstances. Latena will be joining the JAG core upon graduation.

Erica McCrea
. Erica’s project focused on the Americans With Disabilities Act. Erica became aware of a legislative effort to amend the ADA to make it more difficult for the disabled to get accommodations in some cases. Erica learned that the legislative process was moving quickly on the issue so she had to track the process and the tactics of the advocacy groups moving to block the legislation. She also researched the amendment and found that it was overbroad and that the concern some people had could be addressed with a much narrower legislative fix. After graduation Erica will return to her home state of South Carolina to pursue a career in public service.