Professor Ayesha Hardaway Appointed Director of CWRU Social Justice Law Center

CWRU School of Law Professor Ayesha Hardaway

From our efforts to improve the county’s bail/bond system to our involvement in municipal police reform, from our international war crimes prosecution assistance to our research in Innocence Project cases, from our efforts to address human trafficking to our work to remedy the lead crisis in our city, Case Western Reserve University School of Law has been a leader in social justice.

“We are delighted to announce that Professor Ayesha Bell Hardaway has been appointed director of the Law School’s Social Justice Law Center,” wrote Co-Deans Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf today. “Professor Hardaway is an extraordinary colleague who will be an outstanding Director,” Berg and Scharf said.

Professor Hardaway joined the CWRU Law Faculty in 2012 after working as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Cuyahoga County and a litigator in the Trial Department at Tucker Ellis LLP. She has published on issues of racial inequality and social reform and has taught as a clinician in the areas of health law, civil litigation and criminal justice. In 2015, she was selected to serve on the Independent Monitoring Team appointed to evaluate police reforms to be implemented by the Cleveland Police Department under a federal consent decree.

“I am honored by the opportunity to deepen our institutional commitment and understanding of social justice and its place in the law. As a graduate of CWRU Law School, the ability of the institution to meet the needs of all of our students while working to address inequities in our legal system is of paramount importance to me as a faculty member.” said Hardaway.

“As Director, Professor Hardaway will guide the Center as the hub of the law school’s work in the area of social justice,” said Berg and Scharf. “At Case Western Reserve University School of Law, social justice is a unifying theme that our institution aims to incorporate throughout the Curriculum,” they added. In recent years CWRU has been ranked among the best law schools for public interest law.

To highlight the importance of this area, the Social Justice Law Center will host two newly endowed lecture series, the Dr. Maya Angelou—Professor Calvin Sharpe Interdisciplinary Lecture (to be held on April 4), and the C.B. King Lecture (to be held next year). Thanks to the generosity of the Fox Family Foundation, the Center will provide stipends for summer and semester-long Public Interest Law internships and externships to launch students on careers in Social Justice. And the Center will provide impactful research opportunities to the dozen Stephanie Tubbs Jones Scholars in each class.