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About andrewrhairston

Andrew Reginald Hairston is a civil rights attorney and writer based in Austin, TX. He is presently the School-to-Prison Pipeline Project Director of Texas Appleseed. Mr. Hairston is also the secretary of the board of Learn Together, Live Together - a school integration non-profit based in Washington, DC. He earned his law degree from Louisiana State University in May 2016, where he was a Faculty Scholar. During his time at LSU, he served as the President of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) from 2014 to 2015, as well as the 1L Representative of the organization from 2013 to 2014. While he was the president of LSU BLSA, he served as a member of the Law Center's Diversity Task Force. Mr. Hairston refined his commitment to racial justice work as a law student. He worked as a law clerk for the LSU Parole and Reentry Clinic, and he subsequently served as a student attorney for the LSU Juvenile Defense Clinic. As a third-year student, he was appointed to the Trial Advocacy Board, and he won the Dean's Cup Senior Appellate Challenge during his final semester at the LSU Law Center. Mr. Hairston received his bachelor's degree, cum laude, from Howard University. At Howard, he was actively involved in the Alternative Spring Break program. He worked as a site coordinator to develop and execute the initiative's first trip to Baltimore in the spring of 2013. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Hairston served as a staff attorney at Advancement Project, a multi-racial civil rights organization in Washington, D.C. He began his legal career as the George N. Lindsay Fellow and Associate Counsel at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law from 2016 to 2017. He is licensed to practice law in Louisiana.

A Tribute to Terence Crutcher and Keith Scott

This piece originally appeared on the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law‘s blog.  The warm rays of sun welcomed us on to I-40 just as we passed downtown Oklahoma City. My father and I found mutual excitement in the … Continue reading

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King David’s Destiny

I delivered this speech for Donaldson Chapel Baptist Church’s STAR Sunday Service on June 5, 2016 in Baton Rouge, LA.  Good morning. First, giving reverence and honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I recognize that I am nothing without his … Continue reading

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A Summer Well-Spent

A condensed version of this piece appears on Advancement Project’s blog – Just Democracy.  “Mr. Hairston, can we get extra recess?” The familiar inquiry entered my eardrums as the day neared completion. After a few persistent attempts from several classmates, the … Continue reading

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A Reflection on Death

Meonne Davis Glenn, 1980-2015 Cassius Ezra Fredd, 1992-2015 April proved to be a difficult month. During the middle of it, I learned that a Howard senior, Cassius Fredd, passed away unexpectedly. The following week, my mother informed me that my first … Continue reading

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In Honor of Strong Women

Strong women surround me still. Throughout my life, my path has been guided by confident and intelligent women. My mother taught me the importance of education and the significance of compassion. My sister encourages me constantly and, early in my … Continue reading

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The Birth of a Writer

2014 quickly draws to a close, and I hate to see it go. The departing year provided numerous opportunities for me. I studied abroad in France with one of my law school’s programs, and I reached the halfway point in … Continue reading

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Breaking the Code of Silence on Race in Law School

This piece was co-authored by Kyle Alagood, another student at the LSU Law Center. It first appeared in the Huffington Post on October 23, 2014.  There is an unspoken rule here in Louisiana: Do not talk about race. The rule … Continue reading

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