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The Hon. Jonathan Brant Endowed Doctoral Fellowship

Judge Jonathan Brant '68The Lurie Institute is pleased to announce the creation of the The Hon. Jonathan Brant Endowed Fellowship, created by Dr. Renee Tankenoff Brant '68 in memory of Judge Jonathan Brant '68, a Brandeis alumnus and Cambridge, Mass. District Court judge, who was an indefatigable advocate for people with disabilities. Intended for doctoral students affiliated with the Lurie Institute, the Brant Fellowship will provide tuition and other financial assistance to support their dissertations and policy advocacy. Through the Brant Fellowship, we aim to encourage promising students to apply their research and advocacy prowess to ensuring the full social and legal equality of people with disabilities across the United States and worldwide. 

Judge Brant devoted much of his professional life to advocating for the rights of people with disabilities; for instance, he served as the chairman of the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, where he worked to protect the rights of children, youth and adults with mental health disabilities. As a lawyer, he also argued for the self-determination of people with disabilities in medical settings. He sought out complex cases with complex outcomes, placing the needs and rights of people with disabilities at the forefront instead of accepting more straightforward cases. By supporting doctoral students with a passion for disability research that tackles the complex questions connected with disability policy and advocacy, we hope to do justice to Judge Brant's memory. 

We are pleased to announce that the first recipient of the Brant Fellowship is Robyn Powell, a Lurie Institute Research Associate and Doctoral Fellow. 

If you are interested in contributing to the Brant Fellowship fund, please visit Brandeis Giving

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