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Promoting Human Rights Around the Globe

For three decades, the Urban Morgan Institute has educated and trained human rights lawyers, who promote and protect human rights in the international arena. Established at the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1979, the Institute now serves as a model for many other human rights programs.

The Urban Morgan Institute offers many opportunities, both inside the classroom and beyond, for students who are interested in international law and human rights. At the core of the Institute’s success is the Human Rights Quarterly, recognized as the leading academic journal in the human rights field. The Quarterly covers the range of human rights issues encompassed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, the Human Rights Quarterly is edited by UC law students who are overseen by Bert Lockwood, Editor-in-Chief and Director of the Institute.

Student Feature

Patrick HigginsPatrick Higgins was recently awarded a 2016 Equal Justice Works Public Interest Award. This is an award presented to law students at Equal Justice Works member schools in eight regions who have demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work and provided extraordinary service through clinics, volunteer work, internships, extracurricular projects, and more. Patrick’s commitment to public interest law spans the entirety of his time at the Cincinnati Law and into the beginning of his legal career. He is an Arthur Russell Morgan Fellow in Human Rights, a position that took him to Bogotá, Colombia during his first summer of law school. Seeking to fulfill his mission of bringing human rights home upon his return, Higgins began an externship with the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio’s immigration practice group. During his second summer, Higgins worked as a Summer Associate with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality’s Agricultural Worker and Immigrant Rights practice group in Toledo, Ohio. Since, Higgins has worked as a certified legal intern at UC’s Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic and returned to work with the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio’s immigration practice group as a law clerk. Following his graduation, Patrick will be an Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation Justice for All Fellow at the Ohio Poverty Law Center in Columbus, Ohio. As a Fellow, he will work with the Ohio Poverty Law Center and other legal service organizations to combat barriers to employment in central and southeast Ohio. 

35th Anniversary Conference Presentations

Want to (re)view the presentations from the recent 35th anniversary conference? You can access them here. Topics ranged from Human Rights Litigation to Trafficking of Persons to Human Rights Advocacy within the United States.  

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