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Marcus Kennedy-Grimes

Co-President, Black Law Students Association (BLSA); Inaugural California Scholar; Criminal Law Sack Teaching Fellow

Appreciates the opportunity to accomplish “wildest dreams and focus solely on being the best legal scholar I can be.”

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Recent project you’ve spearheaded or participated in

As BLSA co-president, seeking progress and improvements, at Hastings and in the community, in response to George Floyd’s death.

Meaningful experience as a mentee

Shandyn Pierce ’20 took me to lunch one day and gave me valuable advice on managing relationships, preparing for tough times, and making decisions under pressure. That casual lunch turned out to be one of the most important meals I’ve had in life.

One person who has been a role model for you

Elizabeth McGriff is the pinnacle of professionalism—someone who can accomplish any task thrown at her. I seek to emulate her leadership in the community.

Particularly meaningful honors or awards

Being a SACK Fellow in Criminal Law, which allows me to mentor students and prepare them for the rigor of legal writing.

Most important way the Hastings community enriches your life

Hastings has given me an opportunity, as a California Scholar, to accomplish my wildest dreams and focus solely on being the best legal scholar I can be.

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