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Scott-Hayward Selected For Fellowship

Published: July 5, 2016

Christine S. Scott-Hayward, an assistant professor of law and criminal justice at CSULB’s School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management, has been selected as the 2016-17 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the United States Sentencing Commission. Her year-long fellowship begins in the fall and she will work out of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judicial Center.

The Supreme Court Fellows Program has traditionally provided opportunities for mid-career professionals drawn from the fields of law and political science. The highly competitive program also offers those opportunities to recent law school graduates and doctoral degree recipients with exceptional records of achievement.

Scott-Hayward was one of four individuals selected for a 2016-17 Supreme Court Fellowship, a program created in 1973 by the late Chief Justice Warren E. Burger to provide individuals with practical exposure to judicial administration, policy development and education. Through hands-on participation, fellows gain unique insight into the challenges of federal court management.

Along with Scott-Hayward serving at the Sentencing Commission, other fellows were assigned to the Supreme Court of the United States, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and the Federal Judicial Center, where they will engage in projects examining the federal judicial process and identifying solutions to problems in the administration of justice.

The Supreme Court Fellows are selected by a commission composed of nine members chosen by the Chief Justice of the United States.
In the words of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., the Supreme Court Fellows Program offers “a unique opportunity for exceptional individuals to contribute to the administration of justice at the national level.”

“This is very prestigious and I am honored to receive this fellowship,” said Scott-Hayward. “The idea that you get to work in a federal agency and understand how things are done there is very exciting to me. This experience will undoubtedly improve both my research and teaching.”

Scott-Hayward feels the experience is something she can bring back to campus and share with students.

Christine Scott-Hayward
Christine Scott-Hayward

“I don’t think that many of our students think that much about Washington D.C. and how the federal judiciary can affect their lives and careers in criminal justice,” she said. “They don’t always think about federal agencies as a place for a career, but they should. I hope the knowledge and experience that I gain and pass on to our students will challenge them to think outside of the borders of California.”

Prior to teaching at CSULB, Scott-Hayward was an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School; a law clerk to the Hon. James Orenstein, U.S. Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; and a research associate at the Center on Sentencing and Corrections at Vera Institute of Justice in New York.

Scott-Hayward earned a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) degree from the University College Dublin School of Law in 1999 where she was awarded the Royal Insurance Gold Medal for Tort and the Bank of Ireland Bronze Medal in Jurisprudence. She earned an M.A. in Social Science from the University of Chicago in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Law and Society from New York University, where she was a McCracken Fellow, in 2011.