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Scholarship Recipient


UCLA School of Law

Kamilah Mims

Kamilah Mims is a fourth-year dual degree law and public policy student at the University of California, Los Angeles, who earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018. During her first year in the Master of Public Policy program, Kamilah interned at the Harriett Buhai Center, and worked as a graduate student researcher for UCLA’s Bunche Center. At the UCLA School of Law, Kamilah is a member of the David J. Epstein Program for Public Interest Law and Policy and the Critical Race Studies program. She served as an Academic Chair for the Black Law Students Association and continues to support BLSA in her last year as a 3L Representative. Additionally, Kamilah holds key editorial roles as the Chief Diversity Editor for the UCLA Law Review and Co-Editor-In-Chief of the UCLA National Black Law Journal.

Over her first summer, Kamilah worked at a civil rights firm, and during her next summer, she dedicated her efforts to zealous advocacy at the Alameda Public Defenders. Currently, Kamilah works as a graduate student researcher for the CRT Forward project at the law school, tracking anti-CRT legislation across the nation. Kamilah also serves as Co-Chair of the Prison Accountability Project, which recently published a report on conditions in CDCR facilities during the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2022, she was selected for the American Association of Law Schools Pro Bono Honor Roll, and in 2023, she received the Equal Justice Works Regional Public Interest Award. Post-graduation, Kamilah is set to embark on two federal district clerkships in the Central District of California. Her overarching goal is to create systemic change that promotes human dignity and advances the liberation of oppressed communities through public defense and thoughtful, equity-driven public policy.

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