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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.

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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The Role of the Black Church in the 21st Century

I dedicate this piece to my father, who celebrates 26 years in the ministry this year.  Over the past twenty-three years, the church has been one of the most influential aspects of my development. My parents were raised in the … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Our Elders

I delivered this message for Acts Community Baptist Church’s commemoration of National Children’s Sunday on June 8, 2014. Please bow your heads. Lord, thank you for providing us with the opportunity to convene together in the presence of the Holy … Continue reading

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My Tribute to ASB

In memory of Donald A. Hill, Jr. 1992-2012 The Howard University Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program just completed its twentieth year of service. Born in the Office of the Dean of the Chapel, this university-wide community service initiative has evolved … Continue reading

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The Continued Necessity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

On March 2, 1867, President Andrew Johnson approved a congressional enactment that chartered the Howard University in the District of Columbia. I dedicate this piece to my alma mater and to the 104 other historically Black colleges and universities in … Continue reading

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Call to Action: A Review of the New Jim Crow

This piece appeared in the February 2014 edition of the LSU Law Center’s Student Publication – The Civilian.  As I began my junior year at Howard University in August of 2011, I was drawn to the story of Troy Davis. … Continue reading

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