Law & Ethics Fellowship

About the 2018-2019 Program

Are you interested in discussing and learning about the relationship between law and ethics?  Are you interested in meeting the author of the Handmaid’s Tale?  Are you interested in hearing from litigants who have argued current cases before the Supreme Court?  Are you interested in learning about cases involving the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment and excessive fines?  Or a case involving the Establishment Clause and the separation of church and state?   Are you interested in meeting with a CNN correspondent and former dean of admissions at Yale Law School?  Are you interested in engaging with new research in ethics? If the answer is “yes,” you should consider applying for the Ethics Institute’s 2019 Law and Ethics Fellowship Program. 

This student fellowship program will be a two-term program taking place over Winter 2019 and Spring 2019.  It is open to all undergraduates from all academic backgrounds. 

The fellowship is comprised of three parts.

Part I: Engaging with our Public Programming

Students will meet and hear from Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale who will be our Burt Dorsett Fellow and Asha Rangappa, Senior Lecturer at Yale, who will be our Roger S. Aaron lecturer.  








Part II:  The Supreme Court Workshop

Students will attend four sessions of the Supreme Court Workshop.  This workshop brings scholars and practitioners to campus to discuss cases currently before the Court, cases that raise issues that are at the intersection of law and ethics.  Learn more about last year's workshop. 

Introduction to the Fellowship Program

Does the Constitution protect unethical behavior?  And why should we care?

Facilitated by Sonu Bedi, Hans Morris Director of the Ethics Institute on February 20, 2019.

American Legion v. American Humanist

Does the Establishment Clause of the Constitution permit the government to erect and maintain a Latin cross? 

Facilitated by Neal Katyal, Professor of National Security Law, Georgetown University Law Center on, March 1, 2019.  Katyal is one of the lawyers in this case.

Timbs v. Indiana

Does the ban on excessive fines in the Eighth Amendment apply to states? 

Facilitated by Wesley Hottot, Attorney for the Institute of Justice, March 28, 2019. Hottot argued this case before the Court, his oral argument is here::

Madison v. Alabama

Does the ban on cruel and unusual punishment in the Constitution prevent the state from executing a prisoner who no longer remembers committing the crime?

Facilitated by Norrinda Hayat, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Civil Justice Clinic at Rutgers Law, April 29, 2019.


                                   Part III:  Engaging with New Research in Ethics

“Epistemic Injustice and Workplace Domination”

Facilitated by Nina Windgaetter, Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, University of New Hampshire, April 9, 2019.                                                                                                      





Law and Ethics Fellowship 2019-2020 applications including all dates and times of the sessions, meetings and lectures will be available in the fall of 2019.  If you have questions, email [email protected]