The Equal Justice Society announced the selection of Brando Starkey as our Judge Constance Baker Motley Civil Rights Fellow for 2009-2010.
The Judge Motley Fellowship was established to invigorate the next generation of progressive legal practitioners seeking to transform anti-discrimination law and policy. Proceeds from the annual Judge Motley Fellowship luncheon support the fellowship.
Brando Simeo Starkey graduated in June of 2008 with a J.D. from Harvard Law School. There, he was a research assistant at both the Jamestown Project, a think tank, and at the Law School’s library researching various matters for professors. He was also was an opinion editorialist for the Harvard Law Record, the school’s newspaper.
Brando also participated in the Human Rights clinic working for the Center for Constitutional Rights and Alternatives for Community & Environment. During his final year, he did some archival research for Philip Hamburger’s book Law and Judicial Duty.
His first year summer experience involved investigating poverty, arbitrary arrest and constitutional issues in Sierra Leone for the Sierra Leone Citizens’ Rights Association. The following summer, he interned at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Boston, Mass.
He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University in 2004 where he participated in the Students Research Opportunities Program and was a grant recipient for the STARS Research Program.
Additionally, he has published several works: The Veil of Fair Representation: Maurice Clarett v. NFL, “Acting White” and the Achievement Gap: Burden or Myth?: A Research Brief & Recommendations for Educators, Policymakers & Members of the Media, and Drastic Action: The 1983 Course Boycott at Harvard Law School.
Brando is finishing his first book on how the epithet Uncle Tom illustrates the various manners in which the law impacts Black culture. He has also delivered speeches on his written works at related academic conferences.
In addition to finishing his book, since graduation, Brando participates in the Post-Graduate Research Fellowship at HLS and was a Harvard Law Summer Fellow in 2008.
Brando starts his fellowship at EJS in October 2009.