Hallie Jay Pope J.D. ’14 – Graphic Advocacy Project – Brooklyn, NY
The Graphic Advocacy Project (GAP) is located in Brooklyn, NY. Hallie founded GAP because she believes the legal profession’s monopoly on legal expertise is antithetical to a just and democratic society. GAP redistributes legal knowledge using visual communication tools, including comics, graphic design, and animation. In partnership with social justice legal advocates, GAP creates graphic explanations of law that engage, inform, and mobilize.
Hallie came to Harvard Law School with every intention of becoming a civil rights litigator. She served as a co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, participated in the capital punishment clinic, and spent her summers interning at Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the ACLU Center for Democracy. She drew comics as a diversion for herself and her classmates—some of which ended up in the Harvard Law Record—but she never thought art would be an integral part of her legal career. Then, as a 3L, Hallie joined Professor Jim Greiner’s Financial Distress Research Project as its first “artistic research assistant.” She began to understand that visual communication could transform legal advocacy.
Lela Klein J.D. ’09 – Co-op Dayton – Dayton, OH
Lela Klein (J.D. ’09) was awarded a seed grant to support Co-op Dayton, a non-profit she co-founded in 2015 with other community activists and advocates in Dayton, Ohio with a mission of incubating worker-owned businesses that create good jobs, fill community needs, and build a more rooted and resilient local economy. In a city where deindustrialization and disinvestment eliminated traditional pathways to the middle class, Co-op Dayton aims to reconnect working families to their economic agency by creating cooperatives where profits and decision-making are more equitably distributed. The organization was inspired by the remarkable model of the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation in the Basque region of Spain, which took a small city from poverty to prosperity through a network of worker owned co-ops. Co-op Dayton’s first major project is to develop a community- and worker-owned grocery store in the city’s food desert: The Gem City Market, slated to break ground in 2019. Klein also received an Echoing Green Fellowship to support her work with Co-op Dayton.