Erik Crew

Salmon P. Chase Award

 
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Erik Crew

Erik Crew received his B.A. in African-American Studies, with distinction, from Yale University. He developed an interest in social justice and civil rights issues by majoring in African-American Studies, where he wrote a thesis on disfranchisement and alienation in the writings of social justice theorists Frantz Fanon and Albert Camus. He pursued his passion for social justice by moving to Cincinnati to work at the Ohio Justice & Policy Center (OJPC), a non-partisan, nonprofit, public interest law office whose purpose is to reform Ohio's justice system. At the OJPC, Erik served as the lead investigator and litigation support for OJPC’s Human Rights in Prison Project addressing the over-incarceration of African-Americans, the human rights of the incarcerated and the deleterious impact of indigence on the right to counsel in misdemeanor cases. In his role as OJPC’s communications manager, and while attending NKU Chase College of Law’s part-time J.D. program, Erik directed the successful national campaign to free Tyra Patterson, a woman wrongfully imprisoned for 22 years for a murder she did not commit.

His dedication to social justice is also clear in his work while attending Chase part time for four years. While at Chase, Erik completed internships at The Hague-headquartered Global Rights Compliance, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York, where he worked to ensure the rights recognition of others, often the disenfranchised.

In addition, Erik has served as Professor Ursula Doyle’s research assistant and maintained his own prolific writing habit. His freelance writing has appeared in Crash Course Literature, Abservd Magazine andThe Hummingbird Review, and in 2007 he won the Nella Larsen Award for Black Atlantic Writing.

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Erik Crew received his B.A. in African-American Studies, with distinction, from Yale University. He developed an interest in social justice and civil rights issues by majoring in African-American Studies, where he wrote a thesis on disfranchisement and alienation in the writings of social justice theorists Frantz Fanon and Albert Camus. He pursued his passion for social justice by moving to Cincinnati to work at the Ohio Justice & Policy Center (OJPC), a non-partisan, nonprofit, public interest law office whose purpose is to reform Ohio's justice system. At the OJPC, Erik served as the lead investigator and litigation support for OJPC’s Human Rights in Prison Project addressing the over-incarceration of African-Americans, the human rights of the incarcerated and the deleterious impact of indigence on the right to counsel in misdemeanor cases. In his role as OJPC’s communications manager, and while attending NKU Chase College of Law’s part-time J.D. program, Erik directed the successful national campaign to free Tyra Patterson, a woman wrongfully imprisoned for 22 years for a murder she did not commit.

His dedication to social justice is also clear in his work while attending Chase part time for four years. While at Chase, Erik completed internships at The Hague-headquartered Global Rights Compliance, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York, where he worked to ensure the rights recognition of others, often the disenfranchised.

In addition, Erik has served as Professor Ursula Doyle’s research assistant and maintained his own prolific writing habit. His freelance writing has appeared in Crash Course Literature, Abservd Magazine andThe Hummingbird Review, and in 2007 he won the Nella Larsen Award for Black Atlantic Writing.

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