A woman wearing a flowery top stands with a group of young children in Malawai.
Chi Mgbako (left) visits Malawi while a Crowley Fellow at Fordham Law School’s Leitner Center for International Law and Justice. Photo courtesy of Chi Mgbako.

Here’s some exciting news.  HRP alumna (and my old friend from law school) Chi Mgbako, JD ’05, was just named to the National Law Journal’s “Minority 40 Under 40” list, which celebrates the top 40 minority lawyers in the country under the age of 40.

After graduating from HLS, Chi received a Harvard Henigson Human Rights Fellowship to join the West Africa office of the International Crisis Group, where her work focused on justice sector reform in Liberia and Sierra Leone as well as political reform in Nigeria.

Since 2007, she has built and directed the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at Fordham University School of Law, where her students conduct mobile legal aid clinics and engage in legal and policy analysis, human rights trainings, submissions before human rights bodies, and public interest litigation in partnership with international human rights NGOs.  Recent projects have focused on prisoners’ rights, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, legal empowerment, sex workers rights, HIV/AIDS, and U.S. foreign policy.

Congrats, Chi, on all your amazing work and this well-deserved recognition!

Click here for several of her articles on The Huffington Post.