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Legal Education and a Life Transformed

January 27, 2017

“By the time Isatou graduated from high school, she had already achieved much more than anyone expected of her, but she was determined to keep moving forward.  Her personal and painful experiences had ignited her passion for disability and women’s rights and she decided that the best way to advocate for these issues would be to attend law school and become a lawyer.”

Isatou Jallow, a Center for West European Studies FLAS Fellow in French, was recently profiled in a front-page feature article for the Washington State Bar Association’s NW Lawyer Magazine.  Jallow, a graduate student in Sustainable International Development Law at the UW Law School, is using the FLAS fellowship to support her study of the French language and French law. Isatou is interested in French law and policy that affects sub-Saharan African immigrant women and their access to health care, and particularly the tough stance that France has taken on the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Read the full article about Isatou’s path to the legal profession and work as an advocate of disability and women’s rights in NW Lawyer (Sep 2016. Volume 70, No. 6).

FLAS Fellowships are funded by the International and Foreign Language Education Office of the U.S. Department of Education. FLAS fellowships support undergraduate, graduate and professional students in acquiring modern foreign languages and area or international studies competencies. Students from all UW departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. Find out more about the FLAS Fellowship here.