04.30.13 | News, Student Spotlight

Scholar Spotlight: Erwin Fernandez

Scholar Spotlight: Erwin Fernandez

Erwin’s interest in law school grew out of a desire to help those in his community overcome the challenges of poverty and crime that he witnessed growing up.

Since 2009, Erwin has mentored and tutored kids in his community through a program he created, the Washington Heights Tutoring and Enrollment Program. Currently majoring in History and Political Science and pursuing a BA/MA degree, Erwin is interested in the political and legal implications of the evolution of the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause. He is the recipient of the Kaye and Jacoff Scholarships for Outstanding Academic Achievement in the Humanities, a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and was selected for the Dean’s List in 2012. In 2013, Erwin was selected to attend Stanford University’s Summer Research Program, where he will conduct an independent research project on the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.   This spring, Erwin received the Robert Buchman Prize for his work and contribution to the history department.   He plans to pursue a law degree with the goal to advance his understating of constitutional law to advocate for the rights of underrepresented minorities.