Krystle I. Cadogan '10, a graduate student in law and public policy at William & Mary, has been selected by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to participate in the NAACP/Kellogg's Law Fellow Program this summer. During her fellowship, she will work on civil rights and legislative issues, spending a portion of her time at NAACP's Washington Bureau, and also will moderate a panel during the organization's Twenty-Fourth Continuing Legal Education Seminar in Cincinnati.
"I am looking forward to a challenging, meaningful and rewarding experience," said Cadogan, who recently completed her second year in the joint degree program offered by the Law School and the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy (TJPPP). "I am thankful that the NAACP has selected me for participation in this program."
Cadogan said she is interested in issues such as international economic development, international law, constitutional law, and civil rights. She lived part of her childhood in the Caribbean, and, as an undergraduate at the University of Florida at Gainesville, was selected to participate in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and chose as her research project to study the disparate impact that hurricanes have on the poor. In summer 2007, she was selected for a research fellowship at the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg where she conducted research and co-authored a pilot study for the Center's Civil Justice project.
Interim Law School Dean Lynda Butler said that she was delighted that the NAACP chose Cadogan to participate in the fellowship program. "Given her accomplishments and interests, I am confident that she will make the most of this wonderful opportunity."
Eric Jensen, TJPPP director, said Cadogan "is dedicated to the idea of making a difference, using the tools of law and public policy to identify and attain social goals."
While Cadogan isn't sure what path she will take after William & Mary, helping alleviate poverty in some way is a key interest. "Improving [people's] standard of living," she said, "is what I want to do at the end of the day."
Cadogan received the David Finifter Endowment Scholarship awarded by the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy and was named one of the program's Outstanding Graduate Assistants in spring 2007. At the Law School, she is a member of the National Trial Team and is a graduate research fellow.